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    An Online Publication of the Anonymous Anything Society — December 5, 2018


    There never has been much of a market for polar bear meat, even among Eskimos, but the implications of the decrease in bears' numbers on North Polar ice, are profound.  They, whales and we homo sapiens are mammals, so these are precursors and harbingers of great change.

   Whereas, the restrictions on the taking of whales have encouraged their proliferation, the acceleration of ice melt, brought about by heightening temperatures everywhere on the globe, is quickly impinging on the diet of all polar bears not living in zoos. Life for female polar bears has always been precipitous. Female polar bears are solitary animals because her cubs become immediate prey for papa polar bears.

    We and the whales have a certain amount of selectivity when it comes to heat and diet. But as the coral reefs die from the slightest increase in water temperature, all marine life will die off, just as when an entire ecosystem, say a forest or jungle disappears, so does most all life there.

    I hold onto the hope that we thinking animals will soon accept the fact that greenhouse gases are going to kill every living thing on our unique, blue, atmosphere-enveloped planet if we do not quickly embrace the fact that for two hundred years we have burned immense amounts of coal, gas and oil, in motor cars, locomotives, power plants, steel mills and to warm our hovels and skyscrapers.

    That gorgeous blue atmosphere has trapped Carbon Dioxide (CO2), the cause of "greenhouse gas" heating. I'm no scientist, but I've read enough to be solidly convinced that thousands of scientists, including those in our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe that global temperatures are climbing at an ever-increasing rate.

    In 2015, at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, the World's Governments noted that the Earth has so far warmed a little more than one degree Celsius since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The participating countries hoped to limit the increase in global temperature in this century to 1.5-percent Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). The UN Panel has since predicted that we shall suffer at least an increase of that magnitude as early as 2030.

    President Trump says that his gut tells him that that this kind of speculation is bad for business and therefore has withdrawn the USA from any such pledge. I certainly hope for your sake, he's right, for climate change is real, and a real killer. I do not expect to stick around long enough to know if he or the scientific community is right, but some of you, your children and grandchildren will. I suggest you get involved in this matter for it is the most critical existential question of all. Death is nature's way of telling us that we've done something wrong.

     This really got my attention: "When temperatures pass ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity in ventilated, well-shaded conditions exceeds ninety percent, sweating slows down, and humans can survive for only a few hours, the exact length of time being determined by individual physiology." - Radley Horton, climate scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

    I've always wondered why the more haunting a problem is, determines how quickly we make a decision of avoidance.


  -Phil Richardson, Observer of the Human Condition and Storyteller 

    "He goes doddering on into his old age, making a public nuisance of himself."—Joseph Menchen

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