According to Genesis 9:13-15, God sent the rainbow to promise that no matter how wicked human beings got in future, he would not send another Noah-scale flood. Climate activists see it differently. Apparently rainbows will come to tell us it’s all over. A paper in Global Environmental Change, a nice neutral title, examined “Global rainbow distribution under current and future climates” and found, a bit unexpectedly, that they will increase slightly overall. To which Patrick Moore of EcoSenseNow responded by tweeting “A ‘study’ has found that climate change is going to produce more rainbows. That’s all well and good, but what about unicorns and fairies?” But if they were real, climate change would be driving them extinct.
As Cicero said of philosophers, so we say of climate alarmists that there is nothing so absurd but one of them has said it. There is no parody you can invent that they have not already advanced seriously. Even that we should “Get Ready for More Volcanic Eruptions as the Planet Warms”. Just for laughs we also Googled “climate change and earthquakes” and sure enough, it’s going to make them more frequent and worse due to increased stress on tectonic plates due to “glacial melt” especially in the warming-faster-than-elsewhere Arctic. Plus “The reduction of glacial ice on and around volcanoes has also been shown to correlate with increased volcanic activity” and:
“Melting glaciers and thermal expansion of oceans from climate change may also contribute to another earthquake-related hazard. Rising seas are raising the water table in many places of the world, which can translate to an increased tendency for liquefaction during earthquakes.”
OK, to be fair, we also tried “climate change and hangnail” and got only a surfeit of metaphors. So not absolutely everything. But they are working overtime to fill in the gaps and perhaps it’s not time or money well spent.
Including getting in some good DEI with a scientific paper that, after making the Eurocentric claim that “The rainbow, a common atmospheric optical phenomenon, is a multicolored circle in the sky that results from the refraction and reflection of light by liquid water drops (Hardwick, 2004)” carefully adds that:
“Many have ascribed rainbows with positive meaning. For ancient Greeks, Romans, Norsemen, and Polynesians, rainbows were a path between Earth and Heaven created by Gods (Lee and Fraser, 2001, Businger, 2021). In the Bible, rainbows are mentioned as God’s promise to never again flood the Earth (Kuruppu and Liverman, 2011). Contemporary society commonly uses rainbows in flags and emblems to symbolize peace, happiness, and equality (Vince, 2020).”
Since we must have inclusion of all viewpoints except that there is no climate crisis, they also inform us that:
“Rainbows have also been characterized in negative ways. In the folklore of the Karen people of Southeast Asia, the rainbow is a dangerous demon that eats children (Jenkins, 2019). In several cultures in Central and South America, it is a malign spirit that causes harm (Lee and Fraser, 2001). People from various tropical locales see rainbows as snakes (Löwenstein, 1961, Veland et al., 2013).”
Really? We’re paying money to be told a rainbow might be a snake or a demon? Yup. And thus Bjorn Lomborg, who continues to believe in man-made global warming at least for now, while ridiculing the excesses of alarmists, tweeted indignantly:
“Your tax money at work:/ New research: Climate means 5% 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 rainbows on average/ But some hotspots will see “severe rainbows decline”/ (Africa and S America won’t have quite as many more rainbows)/ Don’t we have more important things to research?”
Undoubtedly so. Even, we dare say, hangnail. But the study is still interesting in an unintended way. The people hoovering up all this government money that could be used to study ocean plastics, habitat loss or something else important don’t just think rainbows are important, they believe their models are so precise and complete that, despite their laughable incapacity to do clouds they can do mist so exactly and thoroughly as to predict a 1/20th increase in global rainbowing, and also specify subregions where you’re just not getting guided to that pot of gold.
Unless it’s a government grant, of course.