Author Archive | Nichole Hoskin

Subarctic Temperatures (Part 3): A Note from Nichole Hoskin

Churchill is a town in subarctic Canada surrounded by the most studied polar bear population in the world.  Polar bears are believed to be under threat from global warming. On Thursday, Jennifer Marohasy, posted a note stating: “It is warming in Churchill.   At least thermometer temperature data from both Environment Canada and NASA’s Goddard Institute [...]

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Polar Bears Move When Climate Changes: A Note from Nichole Hoskin

THIRTY years ago polar bear experts were discussing ‘climatic fluctuations’ rather than climate change, and the effect this can have on polar bear distribution in the Arctic.  In fact, Christian Vibe, the Greenland representative on the Polar Bear Specialist Group, was more focused on how climatic fluctuations affected distribution, than abundance.  His observations back then, for example polar bears [...]

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Shooting Roos to Save Rangelands? by Nichole Hoskin

There are claims that the presence of too many sheep, cattle and kangaroos are damaging Australia’s rangelands and that commercial shooting of kangaroos will reduce overall grazing pressure. In an article published today at On Line Opinion entitled ‘Kangaroo: Designed for our Times’ by Executive Officer of the Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia, John Kelly, [...]

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To Cull Kangaroos, or Not: Nichole Hoskin

An Australian Department of Defence proposal to cull 400 Eastern grey kangaroos in Belconnen has generated a diverse range of responses on ABC News Online comments. A contributor, Annabelle, said, “The killing of kangaroos for convenience is disgusting. Killing kangaroos is just like killing whales-not necessary. It is a hang over from the ‘we must [...]

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