"Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it." --G.K. Chesterton
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Another inconvenient truth for the alarmists
Posted yesterday on the Globe and Mail's website, a most fascinating story, headlined: Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers
Its main points are in this paragraph:
"The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That’s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears’ ability to hunt. The Hudson Bay region, which straddles Nunavut and Manitoba, is critical because it’s considered a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic."
So let's think this through:
1) At one time, all bears were land animals.
2) When weather got colder, one adventurous type of bear adapted and then evolved to live on the ice for part of the year.
3) Now that the weather is warming, and the ice is less plentiful, the same bear is adapting to living back on the land, where
4) Because of warmer weather, more plants are growing for longer periods,
5) Thus providing more food for smaller animals,
6) Which in turn provides more food for carnivores like polar bears.
7) As a result, polar bears are thriving.
8) Common sense (the opposite of which is Suzuki Sense).
Photo of polar bears from Reuters, via TheGlobeandMail.com