|I live in the Northern Hemisphere, a considerable distance north of the Equator, and here, plants and animals have evolved over many centuries to adapt to the circling of the seasons.
After a cold lull, they know to bud, and bloom, raise leaves, court, mate, hatch, sprout, nest, burgeon, flower. And as it warms up, they have learned, through inherited development over the generations, to fruit, feather, fly, grow, trail, forage, sun.
|Spring bulbs were putting up leaves in October. Things are unseasonably warm for the time of year.
It’s surreal, incomprehensible; but it’s not a tale. It’s climate change. It feels like a nightmare version of frozen, spellbound Narnia, where it was “always Winter and never Christmas”, yet where a spiritual, moral awakening brought forth warmth and Spring. Is there a possibility that north western Europe may escape bad weather this wintertime, just like 2007, perhaps the first year without Winter ? Will Britain lurch between warm and bitter winters ? Or will the dark season become consistently mild ?