Thursday, June 07, 2007

Get the Story Straight

More Global Warming ate my homework news:

Droves of cats and kittens are swarming into animal shelters nationwide, and global warming is to blame, according to one pet adoption group.

Several shelters operated by a national adoption organization called Pets Across America reported a 30 percent increase in intakes of cats and kittens from 2005 to 2006, and other shelters across the nation have reported similar spikes of stray, owned and feral cats.

The cause of this feline flood is an extended cat breeding season thanks to the world’s warming temperatures, according to the group....
OK let's get the story straight. Even Al Gore, who regularly stops walking and takes off his shoes to see if his toenails are on fire yet, doesn't claim more than a fraction of a degree change per decade at this point. So claiming that a fraction of a degree average change made a difference in cat behavior is silly.
(filed under: meow, I dunno, what do you want to do?)

***Update: From the spectacular James Taranto:
We were wondering just how much global temperatures went up between 2005 and 2006, so we checked with NASA. It turns out the average global temperature actually declined by 0.09 degrees centigrade. Maybe the cats had to go into heat to keep warm.


PGP said...

I blame global warming for making to hard for these mouth breathing idiots to keep their brainstems cool through their normal process of slack jawed hyperventilation!

lumberjack said...

You might be onto something there. Maybe a tenth of a degree difference in temperature can cause some humans to go into stupidity mode.

I call for more studies.

Stone said...

Has anyone considered the possibility that the cats have been drinking vitamin-enriched beverages? I think I'll file for a gubermint grant to investigate...