"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Will Roses Smell Sweeter in a Warming World?

Treehugger is a great source of inspiration to me and this article on how plants will be "smellier" in a post-warming world shows how far science has developed with Professor Tweedledee and Professor Tweedledum chiming in with learned opinions , from papers with the mandatory grant-getting Climate Change in the title.
 The average temperature of Brisbane where I live is 25.5 degrees Celcius and that of Sydney is 21.7 degrees Celcius a difference of 3.8 degrees. Our learned friends quoted that a 10 % increase in "smelliness" has already occurred with Global Warming of less than a degree using the fudged GISS figures.Now a rough calculation assuming some linearity in the mathematics would indicate that Brisbane roses should have  40% more perfume that their southern cousins in Sydney assuming 10% per degree. This is groundbreaking research but as a former Nurseryman I must say it is only really good for fertilising the roses!

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