February 02, 2007

The sky is falling...and the Polar bears are stranded

I let this poignant pic of polar bears stranded on an iceberg tug at my heartstrings, until................

I actually read the article entitled "Global warming sees polar bears stranded on melting ice" only to find that our adorable poo bears arent stranded at all:

They cling precariously to the top of what is left of the ice floe, their fragile grip the perfect symbol of the tragedy of global warming.

Captured on film by Canadian environmentalists, the pair of polar bears look stranded on chunks of broken ice.

Although the magnificent creatures are well adapted to the water, and can swim scores of miles to solid land, the distance is getting ever greater as the Arctic ice diminishes.

"Swimming 100 miles is not a big deal for a polar bear, especially a fat one," said Dr Ian Stirling of the Canadian Wildlife Service.

This is beyond advocacy journalism. It is injecting fairy tales into scientific debate.

BREAKING UPDATE: Freeper photojournalist cripplecreek shows the heroic rescue of our friends adrift.