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Animals Affected by Global Warming? It's All Propaganda, Skeptics Say

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Those who dispute the scientific claims of global warming and its effects on humans and animals contend that climates have fluctuated throughout Earth's existence, historic temperature records are unreliable, and no consensus exists within the scientific community, among other arguments.

Organizations and websites have sprouted up as a way of educating the public to their viewpoint. One such organization is Friends of Science, which states that the "current obsession with global warming is misguided in that climate fluctuations are natural phenomena and we suggest that adaptation should be emphasized rather than misguided attempts at control.

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When it comes to wildlife, global warming skeptics, such as the Hudson Institute, insist that Earth's animal and plant species can and have adapted to any climate shifts over millions of years.

Science dismisses this as a fallacy, with the website Skeptical Science claiming that "a large number of ancient mass extinction events have been strongly linked to global climate change. Because current climate change is so rapid, the way species typically adapt (eg. migration) is, in most cases, simply not be possible. Global change is simply too pervasive and occurring too rapidly."

The group goes on to say that expanding human populations play a role, clearing large expanses of temperate forest for "agriculture, lumber, and urban development." Today, human beings influence as much as 83 percent of the Earth's land, according to Skeptical Science.

Global warming disbelievers also dispute the notion that polar bears and other species are at risk of extinction.

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'We're seeing an increase in bears that's really unprecedented, and in places where we're seeing a decrease in the population, it's from hunting, not from climate change,'" Mitch Taylor, a leading Canadian authority on polar bears, told The Scotsman.

In the 2005 article, Taylor surmised that the polar bear population had increased by 25 percent — from 12,000 to 15,000, though their true numbers are tough to figure. Still, the animals are listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Hunting, pollution and oil extraction are some of the factors that affected them, while the 1973 International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears helped boost numbers. A 2009 report by the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group said eight of the 19 recognized subpopulations of polar bears are in decline, one is increasing, three are stable, and seven don't have enough data to draw any conclusions.

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