Posted by: ericgrimsrud | October 30, 2018

Thoughts of retired physician on climate change

In surfing the internet, I came across a u-tube video of a former family practitioner from Canada and England named Peter Carter who has spent his retirement years learning, writing, and speaking about climate change. Thus, his recent resume reads much like my own and, in addition, I found that his take on this problem is essentially the same as my own and is, most importantly, consistent with the peer reviewed scientific literature of climate science. The interview provided here provides what I think is the one of the most accurate and realistic assessment of where we are today with respect to the climate change issue. Perhaps because of his own professional background in working with the general public, his communication skills in addressing even difficult issues are excellent. But brace yourself – because of our media does such a poor job of covering this issue, you are likely to be somewhat surprised as well as horrified.

Please listen to his interview and prepare to learn some very important things about climate chance that you were perhaps a bit fuzzy on before.


  1. Before Peter Carter made his comments about food production, one would have hoped that he would have armed himself with some facts, such as these about grain production.

    In the case of wheat, the surprise came in the USDA’s world supply-and-demand forecasts, as there were no changes to the 2018-19 domestic all-wheat outlook. The USDA forecast 2018-19 world wheat ending stocks at 261.29 million tonnes, up 2.33 million tonnes from the August projection but down 13.07 million tonnes, or 5%, from a record 274.36 million tonnes in 2017-18. Pre-report trade estimates averaged 257.58 million tonnes. World wheat production in 2018-19 was forecast at 733 million tonnes, up 3.37 million tonnes from August but down 25.27 million tonnes, or 3%, from a record 758.27 million tonnes in 2017-18.

  2. Since the United States is not the only nation that produces grain for food, it is interesting in what is happening in India. We were in India in March of this year and their production methods are light years behind those of the U.S.; but, in spite of that, this is what they have been able to do.
    “Govt revises food grain output to record 275.68 million tonnes Aug 17, 2017, 01:30 PM ISTNEW DELHI: India’s food grain production for the 2016-17 crop year is estimated at record 275.68 million tonnes. The government on Wednesday revised its previous figures upward by 2.3 million tonnes and came at the new figure which is over 4 per cent higher than the previous record production achieved in the country during 2013-14.”

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