Sunday, June 14, 2015

Climate change could mean boring dinners

Polar bears are eating dolphins in sort of wormholes of ice created by climate change.
Global warming is reducing the diversity of the things we eat as creatures die or move away from their traditional habitats.
Perhaps, like marijuana, not everything will be clear cut. Truffles are moving north in Europe.
Both poles, like mountains, sometimes make it easier to see where the world is headed.
Polar bears have been seen eating dolphins, according to the Norwegian Polar Institute.
“White-beaked dolphins are frequent visitors to Svalbard waters in summer, but have not previously been reported this far north in early spring. We suggest they were trapped in the ice after strong northerly winds the days before, and possibly killed when forced to surface for air at a small opening in the ice. The bear had consumed most parts of one dolphin. When observed he was in the process of covering the mostly intact second dolphin with snow,” said a report by the institute.
While it is widely known that bears catch salmon, and even store them for later, it might not work if the ice is melting as temperatures climb.
There is much more at stake than whether fresh halibut will be available.
“From a human perspective, the rapid climate change and accelerating biodiversity loss risks human security (e.g. a major change in the food chain upon which we depend, water sources may change, recede or disappear, medicines and other resources we rely on may be harder to obtain as the plants and forna they are derived from may reduce or disappear, etc.),” reports
Marijuana supporters have claimed, rightly or wrongly, that global warming could increase crops.
There is some hope, National Geographic reports, that science can find ways to increase crops and perhaps even preserve diversity.
“Most of us in the well-fed world give little thought to where our food comes from or how it’s grown. We steer our shopping carts down supermarket aisles without realizing that the apparent bounty is a shiny stage set held up by increasingly shaky scaffolding. We’ve been hearing for some time about the loss of flora and fauna in our rain forests. Very little, by contrast, is being said or done about the parallel erosion in the genetic diversity of the foods we eat,” the magazine said.
A group operates what is called the Ghost Food Truck, going from place to place trying to show what the socalled “Gaia Theory” could mean. One simply definition is that the
Earth will get even, saving itself before the humans or the whales.

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