Britain’s Guardian newspaper, normally the most redoubtable fount of environmental apocalypticism in the Anglosphere, is this morning reporting that “a previously extinct* butterfly, the large blue, has enjoyed its best UK summer on record thanks to the lovely weather and a determined conservation effort on hills in the West Country of England.”
Another piece in today’s Guardian gushes about the anticipated splendor of the coming fall. “Autumn colour is perhaps the most striking of nature’s seasonal displays,” writes Professor Alistair Griffiths, “but the vividness of the annual spectacle is largely dependent on good environmental conditions. This year, following a fine summer and with an Indian summer predicted, we look to be on course for a dazzling display that could trump recent years and extend well into November.”
Lovely weather? Good environmental conditions? Wow.
A month ago, i.e. at the height of Prof Griffiths’ “fine summer,” the Guardian was only too happy to regale readers with prophesies of “persistent and dangerous” heat waves, crop losses due to the rising “number and appetite” of insect pests, “world-ending” Cat 6 hurricanes, the “threat of tropical disease outbreaks” in Europe, and the extinction of Britain’s biggest butterfly, the swallowtail, from rising sea levels. “Global warming has contributed to the scorching temperatures that have baked the UK and northern Europe for weeks,” Damian Carrington, the Guardian’s environment editor told us in late July. “The extreme heatwaves and wildfires wreaking havoc around the globe are the face of climate change.” Indeed, even this morning, alongside the miraculous de-extinction of the large blue butterfly and the imminent glory of the autumn colours, the Guardian is promoting a “people’s manifesto for wildlife” via which broadcaster Chris Packham and 17 “independent experts and scientists” warn the hapless Brits that they are “sleepwalking into an ecological apocalypse.”
Mr. Carrington and his colleagues on the Guardian’s global-warming desk have not yet pontificated on the record September snowfalls in Alberta, but surely it’s only a matter of time. Snowbound Canadian connoisseurs of journalistic excess will at least have that to look forward to.