Sadly, callous industrialists and Republicans have conspired to wreck the planet so much that global warming is making these ordinarily peaceful animals turn savage themselves!
Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea may be turning to cannibalism because longer seasons without ice keep them from getting to their natural food, a new study by American and Canadian scientists has found.
The study reviewed three examples of polar bears preying on each other from January to April 2004 north of Alaska and western Canada, including the first-ever reported killing of a female in a den shortly after it gave birth.
OK all kidding aside, the study admits that:
Polar bears kill each other for population regulation, dominance, and reproductive advantage, the study said. Killing for food seems to be less common, said the study's principal author, Steven Amstrup of the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center.
The chemicals are causing serious health problems for wildlife that dramatically reduces its chances of survival in the Arctic environment.
Whales, seals and polar bears are among those found with heightened levels of chemicals in their bodies, according to the WWF report. Effects include suppressed immune systems, weakened and deformed skeletons, cancers, vitamin deficiency and changes in behaviour.
Tim Blair, always one for a wry comment, wonders:
Deformed skeletons? Changes in behaviour? Perhaps they’re evolving. Anyone checked for the appearance of fins?
And the recent movie An Inconvenient Truth featured computer footage of polar bears unable to reach vanishing ice and drowning in an attempt to portray global warming's threat.
So what's all this focus on polar bears? Why the sudden use of them for examples of global warming? Because this is the new mascot of the climate change advocates, a furry cute creature with lots of great PR from Coca-Cola ads. How can we endanger such a lovable animal? While this is a useful advertising gimmick and likely to capture the hearts of some city kids, those of us from more rural backgrounds are aware of what bears are really like.
Ace of Spades notes an interesting quandary in the CNN article:
Ummm... two paragraphs ago, the article said polar bears killing each other for food was "less common" than than other motives for bear-on-bear violence. Now this, um, "scientist" seems to be alleging bears killing other bears for food has never been seen before.
Killing for food seems to be less common, said the study's principal author, Steven Amstrup of the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center.
"During 24 years of research on polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea region of northern Alaska and 34 years in northwestern Canada, we have not seen other incidents of polar bears stalking, killing, and eating other polar bears," the scientists said.
Which is it?
Gee, I hope this isn't a bit of hype to advance the global warming agenda. I hope that the rest of the experts in this article will avoid rhetorical flourishes better delivered from behind a politician's podium than a scientist's lectern.
Deborah Williams of Alaska Conservation Solutions, a group aimed at pursuing solutions for climate change, said the study represents the "bloody fingerprints" of global warming.
There you go. Sober and scientific.
Global Warming Makes Cute Polar Bears Into SAVAGE CANNIBALS!Two words: Soylent White.
Unable to please women=Global warming
Unable to perform job competantly=Global warming
Unable to score percocets=Global warming
/ Turns off liberal blame generator
-by The Drizzle
When I was writing this up earlier in the week I found two previous instances of polar bear cannibalism. (Does anyone know if they get Google in Alaska?)
Of course, they were careful to phrase the statement to say that they had never seen that behavior in the specific places they were looking. That makes them technically correctly because as we all know, a scientist would never advocate a specific position, he just follows the data, no matter how it may lead him to conclude that manmade global warming is an imminent disaster.
-by Planet Moron
[Planet Moron is correct, the scientist said they'd never seen this behavior in this area which was probably technically true, but leaves the impression it's not know of. It probably would have worked better if the previous paragraph hadn't noted this behavior is known already.]
More like the "bloody fingerprints" of ManBearPig, I'd wager ...[ManBearPig being the horrible danger that Al Gore warned the kids of in the television show South Park]