Species Extinction? Mountain Rabbits Thrive & Multiply Despite Global Warming Scientists' Predictions
Read here. As just about everyone now understands, the less reputable scientists pushing the global warming crisis agenda will make "bold" predictions designed to attract attention and research funding. Scientists concerned about the hypothetical species extinction from global warning are very prone to these type of wild predictions. Such was the case of the American Pika, a mountain relative of rabbits that alarmist scientists predicted would suffer from global warming.
Surprise! Empirical research discovers just the opposite - the pikas are thriving. Just another failed prediction from the alarmistas.
"Millar and Westfall developed a rapid assessment method for determining pika occurrence and used it "to assess geomorphic affinities of pika habitat, analyze climatic relationships of sites, and evaluate refugium environments for pikas under warming climates,".....The two U.S. Forest Service researchers report that "whereas concern exists for diminishing range of pikas relative to early surveys, the distribution and extent in our study, pertinent to four subspecies and the Pacific southwest lineage of pikas, resemble the diversity range conditions described in early 20th-century pika records.....Millar and Westfall say their results suggest that "pika populations in the Sierra Nevada and southwestern Great Basin are thriving, persist in a wide range of thermal environments, and show little evidence of extirpation or decline," over a period of time, we might add, when the world's climate alarmists claim the planet warmed at a rate and to a level of warmth that was unprecedented over the past one to two millennia, which suggests to us that current concerns about the future of American pikas in a warming world may be wildly misplaced."