Scientists Now Fear Maple Syrup Shortage as Global Warming Hype Hits New Level


Global warming hysteria has hit everything from glaciers to polar bears. Now, it’s about to hit one of Canada’s biggest exports.

Or, well, aboot to hit.

A new study published by journal Ecology last week claims that maple syrup could go extinct forever if man-made global warming continues.

In “Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition ameliorates the decline in tree growth caused by a drier climate” (catchy title there), authors Inés Ibáñez, Donald R. Zak, Andrew J. Burton and Kurt S. Pregitzer argue that sugar maple trees in the eastern part of North America won’t be able to survive climate change, according to Newsweek.

The study, conducted on 1,016 trees on four sites in Michigan between 1994 and 2013, examined whether a drier climate and more nitrogen in the atmosphere would affect the species of sugar maple adversely.

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“This is probably the most striking species in these forests,” Ibáñez, a forest ecology professor at the University of Michigan, told Newsweek.

“When people go to see the foliage, they pretty much go to see the sugar maples because they are the ones that have these incredible colors — almost like the forest is in flames.”

Striking colors! Delicious syrup! All gone!

“Back in 1994, they began adding excess nutrients to simulate what is expected in natural forests by the end of the century,” Newsweek reported. “In real life, such excess nutrients often result from human activities such as cars, power plants, factories, and fertilizer used in agriculture. These excess nutrients often result in negative effects for certain ecosystems.”

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While they were “hoping the excess nutrients would offset the negative effect”s of a warmer and drier climate in the future,” researchers found, according to Newsweek, “the results proved worrisome for the famous trees.”

“According to the scenarios the researchers used, if the climate remains the same as it is now, tree growth would not be adversely affected, the study found,” Newsweek reported. “But if the changes are more extreme, Ibáñez said, ‘then growth rates are going to go down quite a bit for this species.'”

The reason has nothing to do with climate change nutrients, however — researchers say that global warming “will increase the demand for water, and as less water is available, the tree growth will decrease.” In one extreme scenario, where temperatures went up by 5 degrees Celsius and the region saw 40 percent less rainfall, the maple went extinct over the next century.

And how do they know that water demand is going to increase to the level that it will possibly kill off the maple? Don’t argue with science, plebeian!

This is the latest absurd, alarmist study to gain traction in the media, likely because it involves maple syrup (and those fall colors!). And how many times have alarmist predictions been wrong? Just ask Al Gore, whose “An Inconvenient Truth” plays more like a comedy a decade on.

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Let’s think about this for a second. Even if you assume that anthropogenic global warming will happen and will happen at the extreme level they predicted over the next century, the study assumes water use will be the same a century from now and new technologies wouldn’t have arrived to deal with water processing.

And this is assuming the most extreme scenario, which usually tends to be wrong. (Just ask James Hansen, whose famous 1986 prediction that the earth would warm by 2 degrees Celsius in 20 years was off by just 1.8 degrees Celsius, according to Reason.)

So, if you’re in Canada, relax. You’ll be more likely to suffer a civil war with Quebec than the extinction of the maple. So, chill out, ok-eh?

H/T TheBlaze

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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