Not everything can be attributed to climate change. But we’re in for a bit of a hit.
Here the rain is certainly falling on the plain, but up in the northern hemisphere it’s a wee tad crazy.
Commodity producers are having a summer to remember for all the wrong reasons. A heatwave across swathes of North America, Europe and Asia, coupled with worsening drought in some areas, is causing spikes in the process of everything from wheat to electricity.
The electricity spike has many factors, but air conditioning is one of them.
Cotton plants are stunted in parched Texan fields.
Russian wheat output is faltering.
Corn and beans ain’t looking too great on the great plains either.
Now, sure, it’s the northern hemisphere summer. Stuff happens. It’s not a world-wide famine, sure. This ain’t 1848. Maybe it’s a couple of dollars extra on your Smith and Caugheys Kowtow locally-made organic cotton tops.
But there’s limits now to what we can do about the impacts of volatility.
We sure can’t dam rivers when the monsoons are even more intense than they used to be.
And by consigning ourselves to be a bulk producer of stuff nobody wants, New Zealand is playing no useful role in being able to either take advantage of price spikes from climate-derived shortages, or meaningfully lead a climate discussion.
We are past our ability to limit the earth. It’s limiting us.