Tuesday, June 13, 2006

No cause for alarm

Polar bears are drowning and cannibalizing each other due to progressively shorter icy seasons. This has been today's reminder that no one should ever worry about global warming. Ever.

6 Comments:

Blogger Whitters said...

What if I hate polar bears? Shouldn't this be happy news?

7:36 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Heh. Stephen Colbert might be pleased, too.

Haven't seen you around here before. Welcome aboard.

8:00 AM  
Blogger alaskaguy said...

I don't know where this story came from? We've had a record ice year up here. The ice came early and stayed late. I look out my window...and I still see ice in the harbor. 2004...and 2005 were record warm years...so this story must have been stockpiled.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

I think the story said scientists found the cannibalism back in 2004, so that might explain it. As for global warming, my understanding of it is that it doesn't produce a constant warming trend every single year but instead generally pushes the planet's average temperatures up over time, even if some parts of the globe actually end up colder than they otherwise would be.

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Jason Coleman said...

With all due respect to this blogs author, I expect you've been led down the wrong trail.

What the report is focusing on is cyclic changes in the Artic and Antarctic. During the period the article describes, the Arctic was relatively warm while the Antarctic was extremely cold. During the same period (adjusting for seasonality) the "fast ice" in McMurdo Sound never melted and threatened our research stations there.

Go five years further back and you had polar bears literally freezing and penquins down south having difficulty because instead of shuffling over ice pack with ease, they had to traverse rocky crags where the ice had melted away.

I think the article shows more alarmism than anything else.

--Jason

10:55 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Oh, so it's perfectly normal for Arctic temperatures to fluctuate such that polar bears go in a mere five years' time from freezing to drowning. Yes, I see now. No need for concern.

7:45 PM  

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