Winter Flu: Why? Climate Change: What! By Brian Simpson

     I noticed even as a child that wet winters brought colds and flu s, but when the summer came, the threat was much less. Some people thought that this was due to the temperature, but my guess was always based on the moisture content of the air being a more suitable environment for the germs to survive and thrive and generally lower temperatures. That view seems to be correct: 

“People are more vulnerable to getting sick when seasons change, especially during spring and fall, and experts may now know why. According to research, it’s not the cold air that makes people sick; rather, it’s the virus. Rhinoviruses and coronaviruses, the two main causes of the common cold, can multiply quickly when the weather is cool – but not too cold. “A lot of the viruses that cause the common cold are shown to cause outbreaks more frequently in the early to late spring and early to late fall,” explained Dr. Kittu Jindal Garg, an internal medicine specialist, in an interview with The Weather Channel. In the same way, the influenza virus multiplies and spread more easily and rapidly when the air is cold and dry. As a result, people tend to catch the flu during winter.

Meanwhile, a study from Yale University also suggested that the common cold replicates in cooler temperatures. Researchers of the study discovered that a seven-degree drop in ambient temperature could interrupt the body’s ability to stop cold viruses from multiplying. Akiko Iwasaki, a professor of immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine, explained that when they reduced the temperatures from 37 to 33 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees to 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit), the immune response of the body was disrupted, which enabled the viruses to replicate more."

    So, it makes sense to keep warm this winter. I am doing my bit by making a massive carbon footprint contribution to prevent global cooling, eh, global warming, eh, climate change, which the UN regards as an “existential threat”:

“Both leadership and innovation are essential for climate action, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his keynote address to the global gathering, known as the R20 Austrian World Summit – a long-term initiative to help regions, States and cities implement the Sustainable Development Goals and meet the Paris Agreement targets. Mr. Guterres spelled out: “We must use all our resources to build a sense of urgency”, to raise ambition, while keeping temperature rises in the years ahead, as close to 1.5 degrees Celsius as possible. He said there was reason to hope, declaring that “the world is seeing a groundswell of climate action”,  citing examples, including Morocco’s building of a solar farm “the size of Paris, that will power over a million homes by 2020” and China’s achievement in already passing it’s 2020 goal of producing 105 gigawatts of solar power capacity."

     Yep, the planet can only be saved by the 1 percenters giving up all their wealth to the poor. Guess when that will happen? When climate change occurs in hell and it freezes over!! And, speaking of the global warming nonsense, a recent scientific paper has shown that the earth’s climate is effected by cosmological events, and that this has been happening for over 215 million years:

“Every 405,000 years, gravitational tugs from Jupiter and Venus slightly elongate Earth’s orbit, an amazingly consistent pattern that has influenced our planet’s climate for at least 215 million years and allows scientists to more precisely date geological events like the spread of dinosaurs, according to a Rutgers-led study. The findings are published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “It’s an astonishing result because this long cycle, which had been predicted from planetary motions through about 50 million years ago, has been confirmed through at least 215 million years ago,” said lead author Dennis V. Kent, a Board of Governors professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

“Scientists can now link changes in the climate, environment, dinosaurs, mammals and fossils around the world to this 405,000-year cycle in a very precise way.” The scientists linked reversals in the Earth’s magnetic field – when compasses point south instead of north and vice versa – to sediments with and without zircons (minerals with uranium that allow radioactive dating) as well as to climate cycles.” “The climate cycles are directly related to how the Earth orbits the sun and slight variations in sunlight reaching Earth lead to climate and ecological changes,” said Kent, who studies Earth’s magnetic field. “The Earth’s orbit changes from close to perfectly circular to about 5 percent elongated especially every 405,000 years.”

     Thus, the other big planets have an impact on the Earth’s climate. Who knows what else might? Hence, it is surely simplistic to suppose that human economic activity is to blame for some alleged change in the climate. In the long term, the climate changes anyway and there is not much tiny humans can do, however much they wave their fat hands and soft fists.



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