COLDER IS HOTTER

Climate change can do anything:

Times columnist Nick Kristof recently highlighted economic research showing that climate change may be driving up the rate of executions of suspected witches in East Africa.

Well, why not? Climate change is also reducing opium production, according to the Independent, by ingeniously making winter colder via global warming:

Faltering British efforts to tackle Afghanistan’s poppy crop have found an unlikely ally – in the weather.

Freak weather linked to global warming is expected to reduce parts of the country’s opium harvest drastically. Scientists believe freezing winter temperatures followed by late rains and a possible drought may cut this year’s yields, with some farmers losing half of their crop.

(Via Miles C.)

UPDATE. Also in Africa, but worse than witches:

The UN has covered up claims that its troops in Democratic Republic of Congo gave arms to militias and smuggled gold and ivory, the BBC has learned.

(Via Murph)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/28/2008 at 12:32 PM
    1. Cold is the new hot.

      Posted by charles austin on 2008 04 28 at 01:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. The UN has covered up claims that its troops in Democratic Republic of Congo gave arms to militias and smuggled gold and ivory, the BBC has learned.

      The UN covered it up; and yet, we know about it. The UN: incompetent at everything.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 28 at 01:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well at least the U.N isn’t behind the recent spate of penis thefts in Africa, or are they?

      There certainly aren’t any left at 760 United Nations Plaza or in the Democratic Party.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2008 04 28 at 01:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, if the global warming makes East Africa cold, we know what they can burn to stay warm, don’t we?

      MORE WITCHES!

      Posted by SoberHT on 2008 04 28 at 02:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Cold is the new hot.

      And Africa is the new China.

      Give them a decade or so.  They’ll wish they had their witches back.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 04 28 at 02:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s the Brutal Afghan Winter! I knew it would turn up eventually.

      Posted by sundog on 2008 04 28 at 03:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Joe Bagodonuts…. Oh, I think there are plenty of dicks at the U.N. It’s balls that are in short supply.

      Posted by greene on 2008 04 28 at 04:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. It is ridiculous to suggest that UN troops in Africa GAVE arms to militias!!

      SOLD them, yes!

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 04 28 at 04:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. See, so many of you keep saying that Glowball Warming theory is in its last days, what with all the empirical and observational evidence against it, and I keep telling you that this monstrosity cannot die. Exhibit A is “Global Warming causes cold.” People who can believe such a manifestly nonsensical and self-contradictory statement are impervious to logic.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 04 28 at 05:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. UN troops involved in criminal activities?

      What a surprise.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 28 at 06:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. I think that you will find it also responsible for the recent rash of penis thefts reported in Kinshasa.

      Posted by Bohemond on 2008 04 28 at 06:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Times columnist Nick Kristof recently highlighted economic research showing that climate change may be driving up the rate of executions of suspected witches in East Africa.

      Of course, that’s not really news. Climate change has been driving up the number of witch hunts in the West for a decade now.

      Posted by JSchuler on 2008 04 28 at 06:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. Life imitates M Python

      Every. Effing. Day

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 04 28 at 07:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. Which witch?

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 28 at 08:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. #8 Yes, sold them for the gold and ivory they smuggled out.

      The UN’s finest.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 04 29 at 08:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. I heard that Al Gore floats in water.

      Posted by the wolf on 2008 04 29 at 09:09 AM • permalink

 

  1. I heard that Al Gore floats in water.

    He turned me into an endangered newt threatened by habitat destruction and runoff from acid rain!

    I got better.

    Posted by Mary in LA on 2008 04 29 at 08:14 PM • permalink