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Getting warmer in the far north

I've always loved the idea of the far north, though I've never been north of Wawa, Ontario and I'm not sure I could handle a really long, cold, hard winter. (Must've been all that Robert Service poetry I read as a boy.) Unfortunately, I'm having doubts that I'll ever have the chance to find out about really long, cold, hard winters. Exhibit 1 for today (probably exhibit 9,234 overall): Global warming hits Canada's remotest Arctic lands.

Polar bears hang around on land longer than they used to, waiting for ice to freeze. The eternal night which blankets the region for three months is less dark, thanks to warmer air reflecting more sunlight from the south. Animal species that the local Inuit aboriginal population had never heard of are now appearing. "Last year someone saw a mosquito," said a bemused Paul Attagootak, a hunter living in the hamlet of Resolute Bay some 2,100 miles northwest of Ottawa and 555 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Ninety environmental experts wrote to Canada's prime minister to ask him to deal with climate change. Of course, even if Steven Harper was a staunch environmentalist, which he clearly is not, it's possible that any improvements Canada could make in their use of resources would overcome America's continuing reluctance to even admit there's a problem. The artice doesn't say whether President Bush was copied in on the letter to the prime minister.

The Arctic could be in a cycle of warming that's perfectly normal; we haven't the data that would really tell us. It's also plain that humans can easily make climate change much more severe than it would be otherwise. But hey, polar bears have legs, right? They can move....


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Apr. 20th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Sure the polar bears can move, but not forever. There's only so far north a polar bear can go before it's going south again. Also, why should they have to move?

I don't think anything that Canada, or anyone else for that matter, does will have any noticable effect on mizzuh president sir. Affecting emmisions etc coming out of America will probably have to wait until at least the next president, and likely much longer than that.

Also, I suspect that polar bears normally wait for water to freeze, not ice. XP /pedantry
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
And if the ice isn't close to shore, the bears can't go north to where there might be some ice, anyway (they can swim, but I guess they can swim only so far). So they're stuck on islands where their natural food doesn't live.

If the U.S. refuses to take action, the spillover effects will hurt more than U.S.ians. If there was just one thing I could ask for from the government, it would be to start acting like there are other people in the world with needs and wants. Even if it "hurt our economy" to come into compliance with Kyoto, the U.S. economy is so big it would hardly be noticed. Just imagine how many jobs we could create for people who design and implement anti-pollution devices. We don't have to employ everyone in auto factories and coal mines. (Wow that's threatening to become its own blog entry. :)

"Ice freezes" -- it wasn't my turn to edit that paragraph. :-)
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