Here at Jammy Toast we get the feeling that some Australians have been out in the sun for too long and it has befuddled their brains. The latest is senator-elect Malcolm Roberts who thinks there is no such thing as global warming and that NASA has manipulated the figures. Even when Jammy Toast favourite Professor Brian Cox argued otherwise Malcolm Roberts was having none of it. The British physicist behind Wonders of the Universe was a guest on the adversarial panel show Q&A. with Mr Roberts who is from the anti-immigration One Nation party.
Well it has finally been confirmed that it is human beings who are fucking up the planet. We are the ones causing global warming. A report published today by the United Nations Climate Panel says that it is almost certain that humans have been causing to the planet since the 1950s. On the ground, in the air, in the oceans, global warming is “unequivocal”, it explained. It adds that a pause in warming over the past 15 years is too short to reflect long-term trends. The report also warns that continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all aspects of the climate system. To contain these changes will require “substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions”.
A new report suggests that it is still not too late to save the Polar Bear and its habitat. According to the new report by American scientists and published in Nature magazine, if we were to drastically cut greenhouse emissions we might still have time to save the iconic Bear. This report contradicts a previous report that suggests that the Arctic ice cap and the Polar Bear are already on an irreversible path towards extinction.
The Polar Bear is very much the new kid on the block when it comes to Bears. A rare fossil of a Bears jawbone found in Norway has revealed that the snowy white bear only split from Brown Bears a mere 150,000 years ago. Although this sounds like a long time, in evolutionary terms it is a blink of the eye.
All The Bears take global warming very seriously. Our cousins the Polar Bears are in grave danger of losing their habitat because of the effects of global warming, so we try our best to conserve energy. At the Bear Sanctuary, we use energy efficient light bulbs and we only fill the kettle with the amount of water we need. We also like to keep an eye on new technology that can help to reduce the amount of power we use and all this put together, can combine to make a difference to the planet we live on.
A new report undertaken by the National Wildlife Research Centre in Ottawa and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg has revealed that the Arctic environment is changing. Longer periods of ice-free seas are creating problems for Polar Bears at the southern Arctic area. These Bears are highly adapted for hunting on sea ice and thought they are very “opportunistic” where food is concerned; they are not equipped to cope with longer ice-free seasons.
The total number of animals in the Arctic is rising but animals that live closest to the North Pole, like Polar Bears, are disappearing at an alarming rate. A new report by the UN says that birds, fish and mammals have increased in numbers by 16% in the last 40 years. They conclude that this is mostly due to hunting restrictions. As an example, the number of Geese has almost doubled and Whales are also increasing in number.
The world has a big problem. We are producing too many greenhouse gases and it is leading to global warming. Unfortunately, we are affecting not just humans but the animals on this planet also. None more so than the Polar Bear. As the world warms up so the ice at the poles starts to melt and there is nowhere for the Bears to live, hunt and breed.
With global warming melting the ice in the Arctic there is more and more chance of Polar Bears coming into contact with land based Grizzly Bears and breeding, producing hybrids known as ‘Grolar Bears’. Biologist Dr George Divoky, who has worked in the Arctic region for over three decades, said: “One of the real things that is happening is that Grizzlies are moving north, at the same time that Polar Bears are forced to be on the beach and we have found a number of Grizzly Bear Polar Bear hybrids. Essentially that could mean that it would save the polar bear genes in the grizzly population.”