Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Grisly Bears

Via Grist, more evidence that global warming is diminishing the food supply of polar bears so much that they're turning to cannibalism: Let's Feed Them Some Oil Execs.

The original source is the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Scientists: Longer seasons without ice may cause polar bear cannibalism:
"During 24 years of research on polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea region of northern Alaska and 34 years in northwestern Canada, we have not seen other incidents of polar bears stalking, killing, and eating other polar bears," the scientists said.

..."It's very important new information," she said. "It shows in a really graphic way how severe the problem of global warming is for polar bears."

Deborah Williams of Alaska Conservation Solutions, a group aimed at pursuing solutions for climate change, said the study represents the "bloody fingerprints" of global warming.

"This is not a Coca-Cola commercial," she said, referring to animated polar bears used in advertising for the soft drink giant. "This represents the brutal downside of global warming."


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