In 2008, the polar bear, also known as the ursus maritimus, or water bear, was put on the endangered species list. The polar bear wasn't put on the endangered species list because it was endangered, rather it was put on the list because it "might become" endangered due to climate change. The bear was also put on the list after scientists claimed, without evidence, they had seen a group of drowned polar bears off the coast of Alaska. Now the scientist who made the claim that polar bears were drowning because of rising sea levels, in under investigation for making the entire thing up.
Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement.
Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct.
The federal agency where he works told him he's being investigated for "integrity issues," but a watchdog group believes it has to do with the 2006 journal article about the bear.
But that isn't stopping U.N. from continuing to promote global warming hysteria.
Several animal species including gorillas in Rwanda and tigers in Bangladesh could risk extinction if the impact of climate change and extreme weather on their habitats is not addressed, a U.N. report showed on Sunday.
Launched on the sidelines of global climate negotiations in Durban, the report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation shows how higher temperatures, the rise in sea levels, deforestation and excessive land use have damaged the habitats of certain species, especially in Africa.
"Many ecosystems have already been stressed by increasing population, historical and recent deforestation, unsustainable management practices and even invasive species," Eduardo Rojas-Briales, assistant director general at the FAO's forestry department, said at the launch of the report.
The best argument from the report? That extreme weather patterns will affect habitat, as if humans have any control over how the weather behaves today, tomorrow or ten years from now. Like I always say, climate change is happening, it's been happening for billions of years. The Southwestern United States used to be covered in an Ocean and the Midwest was once covered in a glacier.
|Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is also the author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up.
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