Schultz Environment Blog

Environment in a broad sense,transports and energy issues. From my local point of view with a global touch!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Scientists and wolfs
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) met today in Paris and discussed how to conclude were the scientific society stands today on the issue in climate changes. The Swedish delegate, Professor Erland Källen, said that an important thing is to explain the research in a simple and understandable way. This is essential if the findings shall be considered by the parliaments in different countries. I think he is quite right about this but it’s not the only thing that is necessary. The deciding parliaments and bodies have to have timing and courage to take decisions not liked instantly by the public. Just remember, for how many years did we know that smoking cigarettes were dangerous before measures were undertaken by the society?

I heard on the news that the federal states in the US will have the possibility to decide about wolf hunt. The US means that the wolf no longer is an endangered species in the country. Hunt on wolfs have also been discussed a lot in Sweden and farmers have recently sent an application to the Swedish Environmental Agency about this. Although, the situation differs between Sweden and the US, I think. My experience is that the abundance of wolf in US is higher than in Sweden. I have been out in the nature in Sweden a lot, but never seen a wolf. I’ve been to the US three times and seen three wolfs. Am I right, or…? By the way, the fan club of the hockey team in Karlstad is called the wolf pack.