FACTS & QUESTIONS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS
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(Note too that I have not yet made all URLs into active links.)
- A collection of information on flora and fauna, and climate matters, including some obtained primarily from credible sources that promote preservation of the vegetation or wild-life types discussed herein.
- references to questions raised about climate alarmist claims, especially those blaming humans, with many links
- some information on chemical risks - a discussion of knowledge factors: "how do you really know what you claim to know?", critical to environmental debates and to life
TABLE OF CONTENTS
> "Spirit" bears
> Panda bears
> Frogs/Toads > Honey bees
> Spotted Owls
> Other Birds
> Comments: - What is a species? - Where are they?
- Garry Oak
- Clayoquot Sound
> Hunter-gatherer society
> LACK OF BASIC LOOKING FOR INFORMATION > Extrapolating from a single data point
> Jumping to a conclusion about a causal mechanism
> Missing factors
> An epistemology horror show
> Some people wise up
Even proponents of
saving the Kermode bear advise that they are just a colour variant of the black
bear. (Other colours include red (a reddish brown), blue (bluish gray), and
(Grizzly bears and polar bears are a different type of bear.)
Experts do not know what specifically causes the white colour in bears along the coast of BC and well inland - who are not all isolated (such animals may travel of course, to find food and emptier territory).
They do point out that colour varies with season, due to diet and the different colour of two types of hair on a bear (short fine hair and courser outer hair whose length may vary with season). In particular, the Kermode bear may have an orange tinge when they eat salmon on the island where a concentration of them live (the salmon ingest something in the water which transfers to the bear's hair).
(Native people referred to the bears as "spirit" bears because of their ghostly colour. But obviously they are real animals. Modern (non-mystical) epistemology shows us they are simply one of several colour variations of black bears, not a separate type. However, it is the nature of environmentalists to claim every variation is a different species, while working against individualism for humans.)
Some people like to claim that the decline in the variant of Marmots found on
And articles and
letters in the Times Colonist from August 10 thru 15, 2007 indicate that:
- there are 14 types of Marmots, the
- one marmot raised in captivity travelled 20 km over a river, clearcut, and mountains to the location of one group of Marmots. (Thereby contaminating its gene pool from the viewpoint of environmentalist activists, but that is good from the viewpoint of those who were concerned about inbreeding if Marmots did not travel to other mountains.)
- Marmots died out two decades ago in
An article suggests that the Marmot population rebounded when areas of forest were clearcut, because they provided habitat features they were accustomed to, but then declined as predators discovered their new locations. (They do not live in the forest, but in meadow-like areas.)
- Predators such as
cougars, eagles and wolves are the primary cause of loss - usually close to the
burrow which is of course where they spend much time, perhaps relaxing too
much. (I suspect such predators are more common today as they are not hunted as
much - cougars in particular are common on
- Marmots raised in captivity adapted quickly to the wild (these are of course instinctive creatures and the people who raise them for release keep at arms length to avoid familiarity with humans).
Much of this came out in the media because environmental activists were making false claims. (And for a rabid enviro-nut, consider the op-ed article by Ingmar Lee attacking the Marmot recovery program in the April 2, 2004 issue of Salt Spring Village Views - just another enviro-screamer given too much help by media. (Of the same name as the person who was a ringleader in initiating physical force against individuals at the road interchange construction site in Langford B.C. in 2007 and 2008, where environmentalists were living in trees and eating off the land including animals.)
A British naturalist is critical of Panda bearss for their habits that don't support survival of the species. (Victoria Times Colonist 20Sepember2009).