Bummer: “Climate Change” Making Vulnerable Penguins More Vulnerable

This is the Scary Story Of The Day. Lots of Leftist news outlets have jumped all over it as a way of scaring people about how bad living a modern lifestyle is, and penguins, and especially penguin chicks, are quite a bit more visually friendly than a polar bear hunting and killing seals in a spray of blood

(NY Times) Life has never been easy for just-hatched Magellanic penguins, but climate change is making it worse, according to a decades-long study of the largest breeding colony of the birds.

The chicks are already vulnerable to predation and starvation. Now, the study at Punta Tombo, Argentina, found that intense storms and warmer temperatures are increasingly taking a toll.

“Rainfall is killing a lot of penguins, and so is heat,” said P. Dee Boersma, a University of Washington scientist and lead author of the study. “And those are two new causes.”

What you’re supposed to take away from the Times’ article, and all the others, is that Mankind is increasingly killing the penguin chicks through our use of fossil fuels, hairspray, taking a shower longer than 2 minutes, using more than 2 sheets of toilet paper, having an ice maker in our fridge, refusing to keep our in-home heating at 60F or below, and not giving Government more and more of our hard earned money and more of our freedom.

The paper itself never Blames Mankind, yet one has to wonder about the constant inclusion of the non-scientific and totally political phrase “climate change”. The climate always changes. How did the chicks do when the atmosphere was much cooler, such as during the Little Ice Age and Dark Ages? Or during the last glacial? Or how about during the previous warm periods during the Holocene, many of which were much warmer than today? Know what happens? Life adapts. That’s a major component of Darwinism, which Warmists seem to be throwing overboard in the rush to use “climate change” for political purposes.

Furthermore, the paper mentions “climate models” going out to the end of the century. Yet, the vast majority of climate models have so far failed. But, hey, photos of cute penguin chicks, and dead penguin chicks, is designed to tug at the heartstrings and get them to “spread awareness”.

And there’s lots more at Watts Up With That? noting all the statistics and computer models and wishful thinking.

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  2. Jeffery says:

    The paper is not particularly good, but the Pirate attacks it for all the wrong reasons.

    You typed:

    “The paper itself never Blames Mankind, yet one has to wonder about the constant inclusion of the non-scientific and totally political phrase “climate change”.”

    The paper itself never blames mankind but that won’t stop the Pirate from pretending it does. The term “climate change” refers to the current rapid warming period, the past century or so. Perhaps Dr. Boersma believes the current rapid warming is natural – she never says, because it is irrelevant to her scientific conclusions. You, on the other hand, assume she is making a political conclusion, counting penguin chicks for 30 years to enable the enslavement of humankind by liberals.

    “The climate always changes. How did the chicks do when the atmosphere was much cooler, such as during the Little Ice Age and Dark Ages? Or during the last glacial? Or how about during the previous warm periods during the Holocene, many of which were much warmer than today?”

    It’s unlikely that during the Holocene that the Earth has been warmer than today, and less likely that it’s been much warmer. And yes, the climate changes, but it’s unlikely it changes so much in 100 years. And of what relevance is past climate change to the current rapid warming?

    “Know what happens? Life adapts. That’s a major component of Darwinism, which Warmists seem to be throwing overboard in the rush to use “climate change” for political purposes.”

    You insult your loyal readers. Dying is not adapting. You believe that penguins will evolve in 100 years to be more resistant to storms?

    N.B. – It’s always projection. You accuse every scientific paper that lends scientific support to the theory of AGW of having a political agenda, yet you ONLY make political arguments. Be honest for once and admit that YOUR objective is political and that groundlessly attacking the science is one of your tactics.

    Do you really believe that for the past 30 years Dr. Boersma has been counting thousands of penguin chicks daily in Patagonia, and not mention man’s contribution to climate change, just to make a political point? Does that make sense even to you?

  3. jl says:

    Here we go again. “Unlikely” doesn’t cut it, J. Either it does or doesn’t. But (for the 100th time) you have no comparable data to compare it to. So your sentence and it’s rebuttal should read: J-“it’s unlikely that it changes so much in a 100 years.” “Unlikely compared to what?” J- “I still don’t know, but I’ll keep repeating the phrase.”

  4. Cold_Spring_Gumballs says:

    Because J believes something, like women should not protect themselves, that makes it true. And everyone else believes him. because.

    The fact that the animals are here, means that they adapted to the changing climates of the past. THe fact that earth-haters like J wants the climate to be static shows how ignorant and unrealistic they are.

    They actually believe that man can control earth.

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