One of the graphics that accompanies this article on the Reuters website is of a cute polar bear with the words, “Help Fight Global Warming” printed next to it. On that page is an image of a polar bear “stranded” on an iceberg.
We are rather pathetically forced to remind people once again that polar bears can swim hundreds of miles and that their numbers are if anything increasing.
We also learn from Dr Mitchell Taylor , who has been researching the status and management of polar bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, that “Polar bear numbers, far from decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Of the 19 different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum levels, only two have for local reasons modestly declined.”
However, few other people will get to hear about Taylor’s work because he has been banned from involvement at the upcoming Copenhagen “climate change” conference, because his conclusions don’t fit with the pre-determined mantra that “global warming” is killing polar bears.
Nature can’t take unrestrained growth: Prince Charles
Thursday, July 9, 2009
LONDON (Reuters) – The quest for unlimited economic growth is unsustainable and could bankrupt the environment through climate change and depleted natural resources, Britain’s Prince Charles said on Wednesday.
Charles, next-in-line to succeed Queen Elizabeth, said a new economic model must be found because the Earth can no longer support the demands of a growing “consumerist society” where growth is an end in itself.
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People must realize they are not “the masters of creation,” rather just one part of a fragile natural world, he added.
“Just as our banking sector is struggling with its debts… so Nature’s life-support systems are failing to cope with the debts we have built up there too,” Charles said at a BBC lecture at St James’s Palace in central London.
Full story here.