February 03, 2006


I saw this story this morning--Climate change makes Russian bears aggressive: WWF

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russians have had to shoot three unusually aggressive polar bears so far this year, in what environmental group WWF said was a sign the bears' feeding patterns were being disrupted by global warming.

The group said bears used to come ashore in winter along the sea ice to forage for food, but that the ice had retreated unusually far from the coast leaving predators with a long swim.

"This makes them particularly vulnerable since animals in search of food lose their sense of danger, they enter villages and often attack people," the WWF said in a statement. [...]

And then I saw this one--New Siberian cold wave hits Russia, Georgia

MOSCOW (AFP) - A new wave of Siberian cold struck Russia this week, plunging temperatures to record lows in the far eastern part of the country and sweeping as far as Moscow.

In neighbouring Georgia meanwhile one person died and two dozen were injured in the second city Kutaisi as heavy snowfalls collapsed buildings, cut power supplies and stopped a train in its tracks.

"There are no warmer temperatures in sight," said Dmitry Kiktyov, deputy head of Russia's Hydrological and Metereological Centre, adding the freeze would last at least six more days. [...]

Obviously, the only answer is to move all the polar bears to Siberia. That'll teach 'em to be aggressive.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at February 3, 2006 11:37 AM

I'm still trying to figure out what "Professional" wrestling has to do with polar bears...

Posted by: LittleA at February 3, 2006 12:53 PM

I think you might be thinking of the WWE--they had to change their name so people wouldn't get the two groups mixed up. Which would be fairly easy, I think.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 3, 2006 12:54 PM

Wow, am I behind or what?

(Rhetorical, my friend. Strictly rhetorical.)

Looks like the name change came all the way back in aught-two. No wonder I've been so confused. Although a WWE/WWF smackdown would probably be a big draw, don't you think?

Posted by: LittleA at February 3, 2006 01:29 PM

IF they had polar bears.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 3, 2006 01:54 PM

Andre the Bruin and Hulk Hursa vs Rick Bear and the Polarinski Slobovian?

Posted by: Larry Anderson at February 3, 2006 02:24 PM

I miss Tojo Yamamoto and Nick Gulas and The Interns. ::wistful sigh::

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 3, 2006 02:47 PM