Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Fish Carried up a Mountain on Backs of Llamas to Escape Global Warming"

Yes, that is a real headline from a real story. This is foolish on a number of different levels. Perhaps the first, and it is hard to see how this was overlooked by the self proclaimed environmentalists, is intentional introducing a foreign species into a new environment. It tends not to end so well; think rabbits in Australia. There is also the pointlessness of the move by the people's own admission.

From the article (bold mine);

"Lord Chris Smith, Chairman of the Environment Agency, said British species have to be protected from climate change.

"In addition to the anticipated warming of lakes and rivers, we may also see an increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and heatwaves.

"All of these could have an impact on much of the native wildlife in England, especially aquatic species such as the rare and specialised vendace, so we are taking action now to conserve the existing populations."

When they say "anticipated warming / may also / could have", what they mean is it 'has not' and 'will not necessarily' In other words they admit that the fish are not in any increased danger and may never actually be.

Anthony Watts leads off with "This is just….just…ah heck I can’t even begin to describe it. The stupid, it burns." He also has the screen shot in case they decide to change it (you should really head over to see the headline with the picture of the Llamas) along with pulling a few of the comments from their post.

Here is the clip.

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