³This is probably one of the strangest and most puzzling problems we
have had with bats,² said Paul Cryan, a bat ecologist with the United
States Geological Survey. ³It¹s really startling that we¹ve not come up
with a smoking gun yet.²
Merlin Tuttle, the president of Bat Conservation International, an
education and research group in Austin, Tex., said: ³So far as we can
tell at this point, this may be the most serious threat to North
American bats we¹ve experienced in recorded history. ³It definitely
warrants immediate and careful attention.²
Buy a ticket to this house. The peeping has been going on since end
of January. Now the katydids, and today we saw our first hummingbird
at the feeder. Even took the greenhouse down over the weekend. Roses
are budding, peaches are flowering, mesquites are leafing out and live
oaks shed and now comes the dreaded mess of the catkins for miles, all
into my pool filter.
None of these are complaints. I wish for you a fast coming spring if
you wish for me a long lasting spring and not directly into 100 for 5
Most likely it was me me me.
Bill who thinks there is no other.
Taste from Salon.
No bears for oil
Why hasn't the polar bear been granted federal protection? Maybe because
the Bush administration plans a last-minute handout of oil leases on its
By Katharine Mieszkowski
Jan. 17, 2008 | By 2050, two-thirds of the world's polar bears will have
vanished, as a result of global warming melting their icy habitat,
according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey. There may no
longer be any polar bears at all living in Alaska, their only home in
the United States. Still, this stark prediction, revealed in September
2007, after a yearlong review of the impact of melting sea ice on the
Alaskan bears, hasn't inspired the Bush administration to list the bear
as even a threatened species, much less an endangered one, under the
Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, responsible for listing mammals as
threatened or endangered, has been one of the most politically
compromised scientific divisions in the Bush administration. It didn't
consider extending federal protections to polar bears until it was
petitioned, and subsequently sued, to do so by a coalition of
environmental groups back in 2005. Now it admits that polar bears are
"likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future," and explained
recent delays by citing the complexity of the decision: It has never
before had to designate a species as threatened because of global
I'd hate to be in the position of the poor sod working at Prudhoe Bay
who has to decide "do I shoot the bear and go to jail, or do I die?"
Friend of mine worked on the DEWline. Anybody who thinks that polar
bears need to be a protected species need to listen to some of his
polar bear stories. If they are protected there needs to be a
_strong_ exemption for self-defense, with "bear in sight and looking
hungry" being complete justification.
I'd shoot the bear. But and it is a big but we are on their land and
they are helpless when the ice no longer provides a means to find food.
Walruses are currently forced to head towards land where the food supply
is minimal. We are talking about species extinction. How many oil
drilling folks were killed by bears in the last five years? How many
folks killed by human's in the middle east?
We seem to think every thing revolves about us humans but another but
we are connected in subtle way. Less pollinators = less food something
most folks don't care about. Lot's of annoying things like stinging
insects also polinate.
A perfect safe world aka sterile may be our demise. Look at children
with weak immune systems. Why no contact with death, destruction, decay
etc. Same stuff that my seeds love and need. Go Figure.
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