The global warming/extinction myth is back, concerning the new 1,500 page United Nations assessment entitled the “Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.”
The New York Times reported on May 6:
“…a new threat has emerged: Global warming has become a major driver of wildlife decline, the assessment found, by shifting or shrinking the local climates that many mammals, birds, insects, fish and plants evolved to survive in. When combined with the other ways humans are damaging the environment, climate change is now pushing a growing number of species, such as the Bengal tiger, closer to extinction.”
But linking possible extinctions to global warming makes no sense.
It is estimated there are more than 10 million species on earth, more than at any other time in history.
New species are always replacing old ones, and although humans are responsible for the extinction of some species in recent centuries, extinctions have always been a part of life.
The introduction of the brown snake in Guam during World War 2 is thought to have eliminated a dozen bird species there. The woolly mammoth and sabre tooth tiger became extinct in North America because their reproductive rate could not keep up with population losses.
But none of the extinctions has anything to do with the past century’s minor warming, just over 1C globally since 1880, said the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Plants and animals thrive in warm climates. Warming is good for life. It is cooling that should concern us.
Tropical forests cover less than 12 percent of all land, yet they contain a majority of plant and animal species on earth. The Arctic covers 10 percent of the planet’s land area, but contains only 600 plant species and only 100 species of birds, no reptiles or amphibians, and only 20 mammals.
Climate change advocates try to circumvent the connection between warm climates and biodiversity by claiming that the secondary effects of global warming, such as droughts or the melting of planetary ice, threaten life.
However, droughts are not increasing and, on a planetary scale, the ice is not melting.
Former United States vice-president Al Gore warns that, due to ice melting, polar bears will soon have no place to live. But the reality is different: floating ice (pack ice) is not melting significantly and polar bears are thriving. Indeed, the number of polar bears has quintupled in the past 50 years from about 5,000 to about 25,000 today.
And many animals today, while endangered, are recovering due to excellent conservation programmes. The white tail deer, moose, blue whales, and wolves are but a few of these.
The message to people who treasure our wonderful world of animals is a positive one: you have no reason to fear global warming-induced species extinction. We should focus our efforts on protecting wildlife from real human threats.
By DR JAY LEHR and TOM HARRIS
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift