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Sunday 26 October  

Longer growing season due to global warming

Published on 6 February 2011 - 5:34pm
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Over the past ten years, the growing season in the Netherlands has increased by nearly a month as a result of global warming. The average temperature has gone up by 1.3 degrees Celsius compared to the period 1940-1960, which scientists regards as representative.

The data were published by the Nature Calendar, a collaboration between the University of Wageningen and the nature radio programme Vroege Vogels (Early Birds), whose listeners have submitted more than 120,000 nature observations since 2001.  In their report, the Wageningen scientists say that over the past ten years spring on average started more than 17 days earlier, while winter was about nine days late.

In 2008, the growing season started a record 31 days earlier than normal, while in 2006, trees were 20 days late to begin shedding their leaves. The onset of winter was also exceptionally late in 2001 and 2005. The past year was an exception to the trend of longer growing seasons. Spring started a week late, but so did autumn. This year, a very mild month of January has meant that nature in the Netherlands is about three weeks ahead of its normal schedule.


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Anny 15 April 2013 - 9:42am

I have come to the conclusion that we all have a little blame global warming and its consequences and guilt even more politicians who do not slow down. 

Anonymous 21 January 2013 - 10:52pm

The atmosphere hasn't warmed too much over the past decade, but the oceans sure have. The absolute energy of the atmosphere and ocean are still increasing.

Mike Haseler 7 February 2011 - 1:36am / Scotland

According to the global warming figures the global temperature has not warmed in the last ten years - so there must be an awful lot of places that have got a lot colder in the last ten years.

NikFromNYC 6 February 2011 - 11:40pm

The Netherlands is one of the few regions with good records that actually shows a Hockey Stick thermometer record:

Most long running sites very much do not seem interested in Global Warming:

Dennis Cooper 6 February 2011 - 9:56pm / usa

Shift correction for Lima Ohio,temp drop to -0.015 degreas F per year.

Dennis Cooper 6 February 2011 - 9:46pm / usa

You may want to recheck your readings.See:
Check your small towns:
Average temp of (small towns that have not grown) Lima, Ohio. Select average temp to all, a chart displays 1940 thru 2010 and shows how much the average temp has dropped. A drop of -0.15 deg F/yr.

"Ole Saddle Sore" 6 February 2011 - 7:51pm / USA

I think it would be very appropriate for the "Moonbeams" behind this article to go back and re-take photoperiodism 101!!!!!

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