According to CTV News in Vancouver, Canada, climate change has stopped evolution from working. They didn’t phrase it that way, of course. Rather, “Climate change is knocking some Pacific salmon out of alignment with the growth of the ocean plankton they eat to survive, new research says.” But here’s the thing. According to Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory, nature is in constant churn, and those organisms that react to changes like when or where the plankton grows most nimbly flourish. Nature would hardly have made it this long if it was this intricate mechanism that if one part gets bent it all falls to bits.
CTV begs to differ, perhaps because the science background of the author of the piece is a Bachelor of Journalism from the University formerly known as Ryerson until Egerton Ryerson was deemed a bad white male unperson and it became Toronto Metropolitan University. Thus, the article claims:
“In the largest data set ever gathered on the timing of juvenile salmon migration, research found the changing climate is causing some salmon populations to migrate earlier out of step with plankton blooms that are also affected by changing weather patterns. Lead author Sam Wilson said that as climate change continues the two will match less and less, putting salmon survival at risk.”
Bosh. The Pacific salmon (and trout) are in the genus Oncorhynchus, and range from Beringia, in Siberia near where Lenin was once exiled, to Mexico and Taiwan. They do not die if it is warm, or if it is cold. Moreover the genus appears to date back at least 7 million years, meaning it flourished in the Pliocene when temperatures were well above anything journalists now call “unprecedented”. Indeed one species back when it was lethally hot, the “saber-toothed salmon”, was nine feet long. Which is bad for plankton because obviously the thing was eating pretty good. But not proof that these fish croak if exposed to warmth, or changing circumstances. Oh no. They adapt and rampage.
Now it is true that Oncorhynchus has been under considerable pressure since the Earth began warming after the Little Ice Age. But not because of the warming; the cause is one of those real environmental problems from which climate breakdown increasingly distracts attention, namely habitat loss.
Still, we shouldn’t single out this journalist’s lack of background outside journalism for her ignorance of evolution, even if we do wish one of her courses had been “How to Google things you’re writing about”. It is an article of faith among climate alarmists that nature is incredibly diverse, dynamic and resilient unless a person wanders up and klonks into it, at which point it becomes disoriented and demoralized and lies down and dies.
For instance, the planet has supposedly warmed by 1.1°C since 1850, or maybe even 1.25°C. As if anyone could measure planetary temperature to 0.15°. But now we’re told that if it warms by another 0.4°C, or possibly just 0.25°C everything will go kablooey. Or at least it will if humans cause the planet to warm. If it happened naturally, as it clearly did 2,000 years ago, and indeed 130,000 years ago, why you’d get the usual dazzling display of adaptability.
Even the fabled carbon cycle has this odd quality; nature can spew as much of the stuff as it likes and lo and behold it is all absorbed. But let a human being emit one twentieth as much and it hangs around killing the fish.
Thus David Suzuki, the world-famous-in-Canada fly geneticist environmental activist, just opined that “The major crises we face – pandemics, climate disruption and biodiversity loss – all have roots in our lack of recognition of our place in nature.” Luckily he offers Indigenous knowledge despite not being indigenous, so we’re saved. After all, The Hill Times assures us:
“More Indigenous Guardians provide benefits for climate, nature, and reconciliation/ Eighty per cent of the world’s remaining biodiversity is on lands cared for and loved by Indigenous Peoples. That’s not an accident.”
Suzuki also draws on spiritual traditions despite being an atheist. So don’t worry that “Suzuki was criticized by the National Post for owning multiple homes ‘because he often preaches the virtues of minimalism’.” It’s about our place in nature, not his.