Hey, remember when all those walruses came ashore recently and the media immediately blamed Global Warming? If not, let me refresh your memory.
The Washington Post
UK Daily Mail
I could go on and on but you get the point. Well you’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that this wasn’t entirely accurate. In fact, real scientists are calling it “blatant nonsense.”
From the DC:
Environmentalists have been trying to link reports about the beaching of a 35,000-strong walrus herd to global warming, which they say is melting the polar ice caps.
“The massive concentration of walruses onshore—when they should be scattered broadly in ice-covered waters—is just one example of the impacts of climate change on the distribution of marine species in the Arctic,” Margaret Williams, head of the World Wildlife Fund’s Arctic program, said.
But is global warming really driving walrus herds to Alaska’s shoreline? Zoologist Susan Crockford says there are many recorded mass walrus beachings in history going back at least 45 years — when Arctic sea ice extent was much greater than it is now.
“At least two documented incidents like this have occurred in the recent past: one in 1978, on St. Lawrence Island and the associated Punuk Islands and the other in 1972, on Wrangell Island,” Crockford wrote on her blog Polarbearscience.com. “These events included mass mortality associated with very large herds.”
…“As you can see, this is blatant nonsense and those who support or encourage this interpretation are misinforming the public,” she said. “Walrus numbers are up considerably from the 1960s, although they are notoriously difficult to count. Population sizes may fluctuate for a number of reasons that have little to do with the low ice levels.”
That’s right. This is nothing new. Oh, and Walrus numbers are up.
Whether man made climate change is true or not, the study of it ceased to be about science years ago. It has become nothing more than a political agenda.