A massive and mysterious die-off of saigas, a Central Asian antelope, this past spring has caused consternation among scientists. Saiga are scattered across five distinct ranges from Russia to Mongolia. The largest population, called Bet-pak-dala existed in Kazakhstan. It now appears that at least 211,000 of these animals died in the month of May alone, an astonishing 88% of the Bet-pak-dala herd and over half of the species.
Richard Kock, of the Royal Veterinary College in London, stated “this is really not biologically normal.” No sh-t, Sherlock!
The New York Times reported that, at a recent scientific meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Kock and his colleagues said they had narrowed down the possible culprits. Care to guess what evil-doers made the list?
“Climate change and stormy weather, they said, may have transformed harmless bacteria carried by the antelopes… into lethal pathogens.” Oh, come on! “It’s not going to be something the species can survive,” Kock said. “If there are weather triggers that are broad enough, you could actually have extinction in one year.” Of course any species, including ourselves, could become extinct in one year, but not because of man-caused global warming or “stormy weather.” We could be obliterated by the sudden swelling of the sun or collision with a massive asteroid or possibly even an all-out thermonuclear war of our own making.
Global warming, if and when it exists, is an ‘evolutionary process,’ not an ‘event killer.’ We’ve supposedly experienced many decades of warming without any mass saiga die-offs, but suddenly, inside of one month, over half the population keels over because of it?
We’ve examined inestimable types of bacteria under microscopes, isolated them, watched them, prodded them, and subjected them to innumerable changes in environment.
There is no way that because any given year- or decade- may have had more days over 90 degrees than the average, or that the average temperature was 79 degrees instead of 72 degrees, that bacteria in one species of antelope suddenly went from being ‘harmless’ to becoming pathogenic killers that wiped out over half that species in less than 30 days.
Scientists, heard of the Dust Bowl years of the 1930’s in the U.S.? Remember any massive one month die-offs?
Well, this theory of yours is just blowin’ in the wind, logical minds letting it fly away like Kansas topsoil.
Give us a break. Scientists were once looked up to and respected. If they keep attempting to pin every single event, observation, extinction, disease, economic downturn, volcanic eruption, case of venereal disease, and instance of Islamic terrorism on global warming or climate change they risk having their profession soon ranked below used car salesman and congressman.