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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Climate change threatens polar bears:Prentice concedes

Canadian Government Environment Minister Jim Prentice admitted in the article "Climate Change threatens polar bears": "that changes to the World's climate pose a serious threat to the World's polar bear population. Prentice made this statement while attending a conference of ministers representing the world's top greenhouse gas-emitting economies."

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This article appeared in the Wednesday, May 27,2009 Edition of the Edmonton Journal newspaper.
Prentice was quoted as saying, "It is clear that the polar bear is a mammal that developed over time as an expert in hunting from sea ice, so clearly the absence of sea ice is going to be problematic."
In March, Prentice stated, "I don't think anyone disagrees the whole process of climate change has implications for polar bears.What these implications are is still under scientific investigation.It could be postive,it could be negative."

Prentice said Tuesday (March 26,2009), he was referring in March to the differing impacts of climate change on the 13 subspecies of polar bears living in various geographic areas. He said he showed his concern for the polar bear's survival by launching a national consultation initiative looking at ways to protect the animal.
Recently, a collection of scientists co-authored a paper in which they criticized those who suggested that the polar bears could benefit from climate change. Ian Sterling, an Edmonton- based emeritus researcher with Environment Canada told Canwest News Service in a recent email that "climate change is unquestionably harmful." Sterling also stated, "Polar bears evolved to exploit an ecological niche on the sea ice.They are large,specialized predators that depend on the sea ice for their existence."

It is nice to see that a key member of the ruling Government party in Canada is concerned about the future of the Polar bear species! Hopefully, nations who have come together to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will cooperate fully with each other to find ways of ensuring that the habitat of the polar bear and other animal and plant species endangered by global warming are saved from extinction or a vast reduction in their numbers. Sadly as reported by Brian Merchant on his blog:
"(United States) Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is upholding the Bush rule that limits the action that can be taken to protect polar bears.Ex-President Bush listed polar bears as threatened due to the species' melting habitat. But since protecting that melting habitat meant fighting global warming--and that meant doing inconvenient stuff like cutting carbon and imposing regulations--Bush then approvedf a special rule that limited the use of the Endangered Species Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions."

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.