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Sunday, June 03, 2007

H. S. What Is Wrong With These People?

Hey folks,

The headline of this story should be "What is wrong with these people?" that is the way this is written. According to Reuters -Whale forum passes on addressing global warming By Yereth Rosen Fri Jun 1

An international forum this week on the fate of the world's whales barely addressed what scientists consider one of the most serious threats to marine life: global warming.

STOP!!! What SOME Scientists consider one of the most serious threats to marine life: global warming. SOME Scientists. Some say Global Warming is a scam. Or mis-understood, or not as big of a deal as some are making out. SOME is a word in desperate need of usage in that sentence. But that would go against the, "That’s it. It’s Fact. The debate is over." thing.

A warming climate threatens food sources in Antarctic waters for the world's largest creature and has been linked to unusual migration patterns and the strange behavior of whales off Alaska's coast, scientists say.

A proposed International Whaling Commission resolution expressing concerns about global warming and its impact on whales never came up for a vote. The group opted instead for a climate change conference at some point in the future.

So they said, "Ok, Ok, we will look at this Global Warming garbage in the future, but right now we have more important things to worry about." This did, and does, not sit well with some.

"In light of the massive impacts that stand to be made on whales and their habitat, we would have liked this body to take action on that and express their concern," said Patrick Ramage, whale program manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

"This forum is still kind of stuck in 1946, where they're debating whether whales should be harpooned or not."

STOP!!! Are they still being harpooned?

Delegates from pro- and anti-whaling countries also voiced concern the ideological division over commercial whaling was crippling the IWC's ability to address the many threats facing whales.

"I thought that the commission might say something because this is certainly the biggest threat to all of us -- whales, aboriginal people, you, me," said Mark Simmonds, senior scientist at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and a member of the IWC's science committee.

OK, so I am the head of this group. My job is to protect the Whales. I have on one hand, a real boat, with real people, with real harpoons, really killing Whales. On the other hand, I have a THEORY. Not backed by REAL science. Telling me that perhaps, sometime in the future, there may be a negative effect on the Whales environment. We have no answers of how to fix it, but there is a threat. Where do you think I would invest my limited time and money? You got it, I will invest my time and money on what I can see. What I can fight. The REAL threat. I would have to go with them on this one.

The difficulty in addressing the problem, according to scientists, is trying to isolate the factors combining to affect whale habitats, such as pollution or climate change.

"The problem is we don't understand the ecosystem well enough," said Greg Donovan, the committee's chief of science, noting the conference on climate change may shed more light on the topic.

But there is no problem understanding that there really are REAL boats, men, and harpoons.

Whales from the Arctic appear to have altered some of their migration patterns, while ice-dependent whales in Antarctica might be losing some of their primary food, krill, and their overall habitat, said Donovan.

Read this again.

Whales from the Arctic appear to have altered some of their migration patterns, while ice-dependent whales in Antarctica might be losing some of their primary food, krill, and their overall habitat, said Donovan.

In addition, whales swimming in temperate climates might find the location of their prime habitats shifting due to warming water.

Again,

In addition, whales swimming in temperate climates might find the location of their prime habitats shifting due to warming water.

Whales used to migrate to the Arctic for only the long-daylight days of summer, but they are arriving earlier and staying longer, said officials from Alaska's North Slope Borough, the government for the state's northernmost region.

"We've even documented whale singing in the dead of winter, in January and February," said North Slope Borough Mayor Edward Itta.

Is this new? Do they not sing all the time?

This past winter, borough officials detected some gray whales that instead of making normal migrations to the sunny south, apparently spent the winter in the waters northeast of Barrow, the northernmost U.S. community.

Why? Is this rare? Some? How many are some? What other possible reason could there be? No answers? Folks, the Whaling industry is real. Whales are really being hunted to extinction in some cases. This is a REAL threat that needs to be stopped. Global Warming? Theory. Regardless of what you have heard, NOT proven by science. Which do you feel is more important to deal with? I say, they are doing the right thing.
Peter

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