Jan 8, 2012

Save the baby seals: global warming affecting them

Global warming, a catastrophe during which man is both the first charge and the first witness. And the first victim? Not really, no. This week, U.S. researchers tell us that global warming has, indeed, other victims. We’re talking about those cute faces with white fur, baby seals.

It all started with satellite observations since 1979: The ice covering the North Atlantic, their natural habitat, have seen their surface decrease of 6% per decade since. The decrease of the ice was paralleled by a weather phenomenon known as oscillation North Atlantic with winds and storms affect the evolution of the ice surface.

And as two variables are not sufficient to draw conclusions, the scientists also made ​​the connection with the number of dead pups found on the coast to arrive at a conclusion: global warming kills baby seals.

Remember though that these animals have suffered for centuries of hunting, both for their fat as their fur, and the images of slaughter had moved public opinion in the 80’s. The debate also regularly returns to the front of the stage, especially when Brigitte Bardot has written to President Obama asking him to convince Canada to ban this type of hunting. BB-seal: pun. LOL.

Countries like the United States (since 1972, the precursors!) Or members of the EU banned the hunting and trade of products derived from seal hunting. And prohibit global warming, it is possible?

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