Thursday, December 15, 2005

Is Global Warming Killing the Polar Bears?

WSJ reports Is Global Warming Killing the Polar Bears? - It may be the latest evidence of global warming: Polar bears are drowning.

It is not global warming's fault. They are drinking too much CocaCola. <grin> It does not work well with their digestive tracks. CocaCola should switch back to Santa in their Christmas ads, and stop feeding the soft drink to the bears; we know Santa drinks cokes that the boys and girls leave with the cookies.

Scientists for the first time have documented multiple deaths of polar bears off Alaska, where they likely drowned after swimming long distances in the ocean amid the melting of the Arctic ice shelf. The bears spend most of their time hunting and raising their young on ice floes. In a quarter-century of aerial surveys of the Alaskan coastline before 2004, researchers from the U.S. Minerals Management Service said they typically spotted a lone polar bear swimming in the ocean far from ice about once every two years. Polar-bear drownings were so rare that they have never been documented in the surveys.
Maybe they used to sink when they drowned, but all the CO2 bubbles in the Cokes are making the dead bears float.
But in September 2004, when the polar ice cap had retreated a record 160 miles north of the northern coast of Alaska, researchers counted 10 polar bears swimming as far as 60 miles offshore. Polar bears can swim long distances but have evolved to mainly swim between sheets of ice, scientists say.
Evolution causing yet another problem. And this one is not Intelligent Design's fault.

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