Tell me, why does it take a semi-disinterested blogger to refute the idiocy that comes out of the mouths of America's learned "scientists" and "professors"? Have newspaper reporters never heard of Google? Or do they simply prefer to print that which they want people to believe.
The moment I read this news article, I knew it was bullshit. Apparently the reporter - and the publisher - didn't. Welcome to the mainstream press:
Surge in fatal shark attacks blamed on global warmingThousands of people will read that and say, "Gosh. Shark attacks are way up this year. And the planet is warming. There must be a correlation."
By Richard Luscombe, The Observer
Two deaths in the waters off California and Mexico last week and a spate of shark-inflicted injuries to surfers off Florida's Atlantic coast have left beachgoers seeking an explanation for a sudden surge in the number of strikes.
In the first four months of this year, there were four fatal shark attacks worldwide, compared with one in the whole of 2007, according to the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.
Some experts suggest that an abundance of seals has attracted high numbers of sharks, while others believe that overfishing has hit their food chain. 'I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it's a convenient excuse,' [Dr George Burgess of Florida University] said.
Another contributory factor to the location of shark attacks could be global warming and rising sea temperatures. 'You'll find that some species will begin to appear in places they didn't in the past with some regularity,' he said. (link)
Well, the stupid ones will think that anyway.
The more intelligent - and more skeptical - among us will seek the truth, the more plausible explanation for the apparent phenomenon. It does exist and is easily found. From just a few months previous:
Shark Attack Deaths Hit 20-Year Low
By Miranda Hitti, WebMD Medical News
Feb. 15, 2008 -- Unprovoked shark attacks killed one person worldwide in 2007, a 20-year low.
That's according to the International Shark Attack File, a project of the Florida Museum of National History at the University of Florida.
Last year's lone fatality occurred in New Caledonia in the South Pacific. The victim was a nurse who had been working as a contractor in New Caledonia. (link)
You'll note that the source for the statistic relied upon to make the claim that a rise in global temperatures caused (or "could" have caused ...) a rise in shark attack deaths in 2007 is the same source for the stat above - that shark attack deaths hit a twenty year low the year before.
So yeah. Fatalities are up. From last year. Stop the presses.
Please stop the presses.