Global warming killed off every white possum in the world in 3 years. That’s the word from some “experts” that can’t find them at their favorite spot anymore.
From Tom Nelson
“If they have died out it would be first example of something that has gone extinct purely because of global warming.”
Professor Williams, director of the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change at James Cook University, said the white lemuroid possum had been identified as highly vulnerable five years ago.
“It only takes four or five hours of temperatures above 30C to kill this highly vulnerable species,” he said.
“They live off the moisture in the trees in the cooler, high-altitude cloud forests and, under extreme heat, they are unable to maintain their body temperature.”
He said record high temperatures in the summer of 2005 could have caused a massive die-off.
“Prior to 2005 we were seeing a lemuroid every 45 minutes of spotlighting at one main site at Mt Lewis,” Professor Williams said.
“But, in three years, in more than 20 hours of intensive spotlighting, none has been sighted.”
1. If the warmth of 2005 killed them all, how did they get through the Medieval Warm Period?
2. If warming is so devastating to them, why were they allegedly so easy to find after the warm year of 1998 but prior to 2005?
3. As a rule of thumb, if we don’t see an animal after only 20+ hours of spotlighting, can we safely declare it extinct?
4. Is it a complete coincidence that this story is being released during the climate meetings in Poznan?
Some questions of my own:
1. Did you try any other spot except your “main” site?
2. At the rate of “one every 45 minutes” there should have been thousands in the forest. Do you have any bodies?
3. Care to take a lie detector test?
Well that was quick! Tom Nelson has an update.
Professor Williams, director of James Cook University’s Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change, has since gone on ABC’s The World Today to find an unexpectedly sceptical welcome. Note how fast the claims collapse or become tentative when the most basic questions are[asked]…
ANNIE GUEST: Well therefore is it responsible to make these comments at this time, is it, could it be seen as premature?
STEPHEN WILLIAMS: Yeah well I guess that’s the danger in talking to the media, because my original comments essentially were that we were concerned we had made no claim that it had gone extinct ever. It is sort of irrelevant because it’s just as serious if it hasn’t gone extinct.