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Loss of Herbivores

26 November 2021

At https://phys.org/news/2021-11-loss-ancient-grazers-triggered-global.html … this is what happens when you pick up on one element of an event. The demise of ancient herbivores, called grazers, triggered a rise in ancient landscape fires. The analogy here is clearly with wildfires in California and Australia. The authors appear to accept it was due to the wild woods not being cleaned up and fallen trees and branches left as a potential source to fan fires. This, we may note, runs against the official view, tainted as it is by global warming. The authorities and NGOs have been quick to blame it on fallen electricity lines and have done everything to counter the idea it had anything to do with their advice and policy regards looking after the well being of the wild woods. Thus, this article is a bit of a surprise. At the same time, they are a bit ingenious as it is likely the wildfires occurred at the same time as the event – triggered by an unknown vector. As such, wildfires could have contributed to the death of the herbivores [as well as the predators that lived on them]. We may note the event also involved a rapid change in climate, most notably a cooling. However, the good thing about the article, if it catches on, that is. The authors go on to say that reducing the numbers of livestock on farms will also have a detrimental effect – and could lead to an increase in wildfires. Livestock and wild grazers are important 'for' climate change, as they reduce fire activity if left alone. This is a brick in the eye to the more extreme alarmists who have proposed getting rid of livestock in order to encourage a change in diet. Reducing meat consumption. We may assume the authors were fond of meat on their plates.

Gary sent in a link to the same story at www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10243399/ … which provides some pictures to go with the flow but see also www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abj1580

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