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Babbler # 3214

posted 24 April 2006 12:06 PM      Profile for drgoodword   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut - April 24, 2006 - Even in one of the remotest, coldest and most inhospitable parts of Canada's High Arctic, you cannot escape the signs of global warming.

Polar bears hang around on land longer than they used to, waiting for ice to freeze. The eternal night which blankets the region for three months is less dark, thanks to warmer air reflecting more sunlight from the south. Animal species that the local Inuit aboriginal population had never heard of are now appearing.

"Last year, someone saw a mosquito," said a bemused Paul Attagootak, a hunter living in the hamlet of Resolute Bay some 3,400 km (2,100 miles) northwest of Ottawa and 893 km (555 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.

"Things getting warmer is not good for the animals, which are our food. We still eat them. We worry about them," he told Reuters as temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 degrees Celsius) well above the seasonal average.

The entire life of the Inuit -- formerly called Eskimos -- is based on the cold. A rapid increase in temperatures could be cataclysmic as prey disappears and ice becomes treacherous.


From: Toronto | Registered: Oct 2002  |  IP: Logged
Babbler # 6476

posted 24 April 2006 06:25 PM      Profile for Fear-ah        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Is it a problem?

Couldn't the last election all 4 Canadian parties in Canada, a country with the most to lose, didn't mention it...

So it can't be a problem--I was raised to believe all the important questions would answered during an election...I guess it wasn't an important question?

(being scarcastic of course)

I guess I got no choice but to go and start kicking out the headlights of SUVs--at least you can be sure the owner will be able to only be a 'pig' for part of the day. :-)

From: Vancouver | Registered: Jul 2004  |  IP: Logged
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posted 26 April 2006 11:00 PM      Profile for eau        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
On a recent trip to Alberta I was informed that global warming is not happening. What matters is the price of real estate, finding staff , oil and the Calgary Flames, or Oilers, take your pick.

The environment is just so not happening and when I read the daily Calgary Herald, I don't recall a single mention come to think of it.

From: BC | Registered: Aug 2005  |  IP: Logged
Babbler # 370

posted 26 April 2006 11:43 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here they talk about the Ozone layer and not to go in the sun.

The West Nile virus that has nicely got the villagers in a panic and they want to use some kind of lethal spray to kill the female mosquitoes, the sexist pigs.

Naturally the Birdie virus that seems to be a real killer. People are probably madly slaughtering every bird they see.

Of course there is the irritated cow disease, fish full of mercury, snails that are taking over the waterways.

Nah it has nothing to do with global warming.

From: Canton Marchand, Québec | Registered: Apr 2001  |  IP: Logged
gram swaraj
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posted 28 April 2006 03:19 AM      Profile for gram swaraj   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It does all have something to do with how the modern way of life neglects the systemic, long-term consequences of its actions.

The current, "modern" idea of progress is a straight line, forever going upward. Cultures that regarded things as turning in cycles have been trodden down. We (especially those in southern Canada, TNC's included) have to start thinking in cycles once more, and taking more consideration and responsibility for our actions.

From: mon pays ce n'est pas un pays, c'est la terre | Registered: Dec 2005  |  IP: Logged

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