Saturday, August 26, 2006
First we're shrinking their icecaps... now we're shrinking their polar bear penises
When I read this sentence from this diary to my always pragmatic Hubby: "While global warming is shrinking the Arctic icecaps, industrial pollutants are shrinking the genitals of polar bears," he spun around, sighed and said with despair in his voice: "Jesus, can't a brother get a break?" Hubby added: "All they want to do is roll around in the snow, find some food and get nookie. We're making sure they can't do any of that." Sadly, it's worse than Hubby imagines: "The case of the shrinking penis may not be limited to polar bears as these pollutants may be affecting all marine mammals, including the Arctic fox, killer whale and pilot whales because their bodies "also carry extremely high levels of these contaminants." Moreover, other pollutants have been reported in people (including breastmilk) as well from the eating of Arctic wildlife." In Jan 06, The Independent UK reported that: "A team of scientists from Canada, Alaska, Denmark and Norway have found that the toxic waste from flame retardants, known as polybrominated diphenyls, or PBDEs (chemical compounds commonly used in Europe and North America to reduce the flammability of household furnishings like sofas, clothing and carpets) is creating hermaphrodite Arctic polar bears." Scary? It should be b/c "Greenpeace has an interesting article about the impact of chemicals ingested by people and how it may be related to many diseases and changes, including declining sperm counts and the birth of fewer boys." So to recap: 1) We have the incredible shrinking icecaps, which are causing polar bears to drop like flies from heat exhaustion (be warned... the pix at this link made me so damn sad and pissed off), 2) We have polar bears who are literally starving-- being forced to commit B & E (breaking and entering for those who don't know) so they can scrounge for food in people's cabins AND they are being forced to resort to cannibalism, and 3) We have hermaphrodite polar bears and polar bear's penises shrinking from chemical pollutants, which will make an already low fertility rate for their species plummet even lower. Look people, all they need is snow/ice, unpolluted marine life to feed on, and the ability to do the naked bone dance to continue the species... is that soooo much to ask?