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Global Warming Stinks (english)
02 Feb 2003
Modified: 03 Feb 2003
Thanks to global warming, massive sheets of ice are melting in the Yukon and revealing strange things...
Thanks to global warming, massive sheets of ice are melting in the Yukon and revealing strange things...
On a clear summer’s day in 1997, biologist Gerry Kuzyk set out from his home in the Yukon wilderness for a day of his favorite pastime, hunting wild sheep. Accompanied by his wife, the Kuzyks noticed a “barnyard smell” a few hours into the hunt, and remarked to each other on the terrain’s “unusual sponginess.”

“All of a sudden, Wham! Something hit us,” Gerry Kuzyk said, recalling the event. “Something just hit us.”

The biologist took stock of the situation and realized his predicament. He and his wife were standing in the middle of an eight-foot high, half-mile long pile of fresh caribou dung. Kuzyk was shocked not only by what surrounded his ankles, but also because, as a noted researcher of native caribou populations, he knew all caribou had been driven from that area of the Yukon over 100 years ago. Kuzyk collected a sample of his bounty and brought it to his colleagues at the Yukon Department of Renewable Resources. Carbon dating revealed the excrement to be 2,000 years old.

Since Kuzyk’s discovery, 74 similar dung fields have been located in Alaska, the Yukon, and northern British Columbia. The fields are typically located on “ice patches,” on which caribou congregate to escape mosquitoes and the summer heat. Increased temperatures due to global warming are melting back 10,000 years of accumulated ice in the area, and because the extreme cold and overall purity of the ice patches puts anything left on them into a deep freeze, 10,000 years of organic material is being thawed out as fresh as the day it dropped there.

Aside from the massive fields of caribou turds, some visible from area highways, the melting patches have revealed the oldest human tools and weapons found in North America, along with an entire ecosystem ranging from buffalo to parasites, guess how they found them, now largely extinct in the area. The discovery also substantiates what elders of the Southern Tutchone people have been saying for years, that caribou larger than any found today would congregate in the area in “herds so huge that when they moved, it seemed the mountains themselves moved,” said Champagne-Aishihik spokesperson Diane Strand.

The discovery of the human artifacts might mean that anthropologists are the first group of people, outside of those in the oil and auto industries, who in some way actually benefit from global warming. Before apologists for big business get too excited, though, Rick
Farnell, an environmentalist working for the Yukon government, said at a meeting of anthropologists at The Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines, Yukon last spring: “The sites are melting rapidly. Our glaciologist predicts that we’ve only got 5 to 10 years before these sites melt back completely… and are gone.”

While the rapid melting will put a time limit on anthropological finds, the sites may prove to be our most accurate measure of global warming, courtesy of the excrement. According to Farnell, carbon dating the feces and determining in which periods they were best preserved and in which periods warmer temperatures caused them to thaw, scientists can determine the extent to which natural climate-change cycles have been exaggerated by man-made global warming.

The existing amount of evidence for global warming is so extensive that no one is hinging his or her conclusions about the reality of manmade climate change on the dating of caribou shit. But, as anyone downwind of the exposed fields will tell you, we now have yet another reason to resist unnatural climate change. Global warming stinks.
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The Silver Lining (english)
03 Feb 2003
Although the petro-uranium-weapons-banking death-industrial complex has not only destroyed a lot of wildlife and enslaved humans (including those spiritually challenged Rockefellers & Rothschilds), look on the bright side: we can still rebuild a civilization powered by renewable energy - and discover the mysteries of Antarctica as well!
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