Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Climate Change has far outgrown polar bears as a poster species

 

Concerns about polar bears because of climate change seems a strange concern because far more species and conditions are going to be impacted than polar bears.  Island nations are going to be sinking with people aboard. 

At the core of all environmental problems in the future will be Climate Change as our biology changes to stay in or out of the looming warmth.  Polar bears are important because they are keystone top predators in the arctic, but Climate Change has far outgrown polar bears as a poster species for Climate Change

The focus of Climate Change should be on the way it is changing every aspect of our environment, making environmentalism on this hotter planet different from before.  Instead of finding specific facts or species to highlight our continuing concern on Climate Change, the media should find a way to report on all our environmental issues with Climate Change at the underpinnings.  

This means as we try to combat Invasive Species, restore our Wetlands, solve our Energy issues, Climate Change will also be moving what we used to understand as a stable environment.  For example, how can we combat Invasive Species and return our local environment to a particular state, when the state of our environment will be warmer, with more extreme weather events?  The plants and animals that used to do just fine in our neck of the woods may not do so well in the future—and some of the invasive Species we are trying to get rid of may fair quite well.

Climate Change from now on isn’t another issue on our environment, it is the issue and the media needs to change to reflect that.

Climate Action Could Save Polar Bears - Science News Cutting fossil fuel emissions would retain enough sea ice habitat, study concludes | Cutting greenhouse gas emissions enough over the next few decades may stabilize the rapidly shrinking Arctic sea ice sufficiently to provide a sustainable habitat for polar bears, a paper in the Dec. 16 Nature reports. And if emissions do keep rising, another new study finds, the only species that has officially been declared threatened by the U.S. government due to global warming may still be able to hang on for a while in a few pockets of the northern Arctic. (December 15, 2010) Science News

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