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BBC’s Arctic Live With Kate Humble – Stand By For The Latest Climate Lies

November 1, 2016
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By Paul Homewood 




Stand by for the BBC’s latest propaganda effort, with Kate Humble’s Arctic Live going out tonight.


According to the blurb, the poor polar bears in Hudson Bay are waiting longer every year for the sea ice to form, so they can begin their winter hunt. 

I am not really sure what they expect to see this week in Churchill, Manitoba, which is where they are filming. 





According to the Canadian Ice Service:


Hudson Bay

Ice melt starts in May, as an open water area develops along the northwestern shore, and a narrow coastal lead develops around the rest of the Bay. In June and July, open water leads expand around the shoreline so that at the end of July, only large patches remain in southern portions of the Bay. In August the last vestiges disappear. Intrusions of ice from Foxe Basin may occur in the northeastern part of the bay in some years.

In late October, the ice begins to form along the northwestern shores of the Bay. Some years there may also be a simultaneous development in the cold waters near Foxe Channel. In November, the ice thickens as prevailing winds move it east and southeast. In December the Bay becomes covered with thickening first-year ice. During the winter, a 10 to 15 km wide fringe of shore-fast ice develops along most of the coastline and in many years a distinctive consolidated ice area develops between the Belcher islands and the Quebec coast. Meanwhile, the pack responds to winds and the slow counterclockwise current gyre in the bay.


In other words, it is well into November before any significant ice forms, particularly in the Churchill area, and December before it gets really thick. This can be seen on the Canadian Ice Service map below. Climatologically, there is virtually no sea ice at all at this time of year in Churchill.

Those poor polar bears would normally expect to wait till the end of November, before any significant ice appears.





I doubt whether any of this will stop the BBC lying, and pretending that the bears should normally be at sea by now.


And what about the claim that “and every year, they are waiting longer”?

Again, according to the highly inconvenient facts from the Canadian Ice Service, ice coverage on the Hudson Bay at the end of November has not been plummeting in recent years, but has in fact been pretty stable since the mid 1990s. Indeed, last year ice coverage was actually above the long term median.

Certainly, there were several years in the 1970s and 80s when sea ice coverage grew much faster. But, notable, there were also plenty when ice growth was delayed as much as some recent years.





None of this data, of course, fits in with the BBC agenda, which would like to mislead you into thinking that the Arctic keeps getting warmer, the ice keeps melting, and the poor polar bears are all going to starve.

  1. Bloke down the pub permalink
    November 1, 2016 6:34 pm

    And you can bet the shop that they won’t mention periods in the past when the Arctic was much warmer.

  2. Ian Magness permalink
    November 1, 2016 6:37 pm

    Gordon Buchanan lost all credibility with his ridiculous “Polar Bear Family and Me” series. He made many stupid claims but pride of place must go to his assertion, delivered with huge emotion, that the bears, on the evidence of teeth marks, were starving to the point of eating old fishing net floats. It never occurred to him that the bears might just have been playing with them, as indeed bears play with such human detritus throughout much of the northern hemisphere. He repeatedly glossed over views of perfectly healthy, indeed fat, bears and just stuck to his hysterical line about global warming induced starvation. One wonders how he can explain why there are still – in 2016 – so many bears to be filmed each year in Chuchill – but I’m sure he will claim it’ll all be over for them soon (weep, weep wail, wail)!

  3. November 1, 2016 6:52 pm

    What is really stupid is that there are commercial polar bear tours to Churchill one google click away. LazyBear’s last 5 day polar bear expedition ends on November 18, with flight out on Nov 19. They guarantee bears, so know the region’s ibears cannot venture out onto the Bay ice until sometime after that date. BBC pure false propaganda. Don’t they know there is an internet with verifiable stuff on it like polar bear tourism?

  4. Broadlands permalink
    November 1, 2016 7:03 pm

    “The current scientific consensus [2012] places the worldwide polar bear population between 20,000 and 25,000 animals. Prior to the 1973 worldwide restriction on commercial polar bear hunting, that number was dramatically lower, so low that a meeting of polar bear specialists in 1965 concluded that extinction was a real possibility. Some reports even estimated the number of bears as low as 5,000 worldwide. Yet by 1990, Ian Stirling — at the time, the senior research scientist for the Canadian Wildlife Service and a professor of zoology at the University of Alberta; basically, one of the most respected polar bear scientists on the planet — felt comfortable answering the question as to whether polar bears are an endangered species by stating flatly: “They are not.” He went on to say that “the world population of polar bears is certainly greater than 20,000 and could be as high as 40,000 … I am inclined toward the upper end of that range.” Although old studies are sketchy, clearly more polar bears are alive today than there were 50 years ago, an essentially heartening fact that has not managed to pierce the public consciousness.”

    NASA’s James Hansen: “…humanity must aim for an atmospheric CO2 level of no more than 350 ppm and possibly less, if we wish to be fair to future generations and will them the possibility of a good life on the remarkable planet that we were fortunate to live on, with our coastal cities still inhabitable and most of the species still in abundance.

    The point to be emphasized is that even if the polar bears were to starve (unlikely), there is virtually nothing that could be done in the next hundred years that could help. Aiming? for a “capture and store” negative emission reduction of 100 billion tons of CO2, or possibly more? It can do nothing for the polar bears, the Great Barrier Reef nor for seven billion humans, going on 12 billion. They and we wait longer…for what? Imposed social and economic catastrophe? But not meaningful help. Time to wake up.

  5. miket permalink
    November 1, 2016 7:20 pm

    There is no way I can watch this series. The possibility that I won’t be carried away by men in white coats is too small to risk it.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      November 2, 2016 10:47 am

      I’m with you. I can’t even watch Springwatch/Autumnwatch either. Mrs J has in effect banned all BBC output relating to anything to do with nature or “the environment”. She even keeps the controller handy during “Gardeners’ World”.

  6. CheshireRed permalink
    November 1, 2016 7:21 pm

    Are you sure the BBC is biased on this issue, Paul? You could be jumping the gun a bit. Let’s take a look at the BBC’s impartial blurb to see what their position……..

    “New series. Broadcast live from the Arctic, this series follows the struggles of polar bears living on this frozen tundra and highlights the impact that environmental changes are having on the bears and the changing world around them. Simon Reeve, Kate Humble and Gordon Buchanan examine the effects of climate change and the struggles these bears now face as the sea ice continues to melt at an alarming rate.”

    Ah. Oh well. Biased is it, then.


    • Russ Wood permalink
      November 3, 2016 1:27 pm

      Wasn’t Ms Humble the head honcho/ess of the RSPB? Who were all in favour of bird-choppers? Well, you know what to expect…

      • Ian Magness permalink
        November 3, 2016 6:02 pm

        Amusingly, I recently got my autumn RSPB magazine. Despite the RSPB’s AGW stance it came complete with a pack of Canada wildlife tourism brochures simply festooned with pictures of healthy polar bears, and a clear indication that such sightings were commonplace on these tours. Some mistake surely? Aren’t all the polar bears either dead or starving?

  7. CheshireRed permalink
    November 1, 2016 8:51 pm

    Well the BBC aren’t disappointing anyone on the propaganda front so far, that’s for sure. Sickeningly one-sided shite from start to finish. Anti-oil, anti-development, misleading hints at the polar bear’s long-term future and (of course) pro ‘climate change’. Utter tossers.

  8. Thomas Callaghan permalink
    November 1, 2016 9:06 pm

    What about the flunky monkey BBC’s anti Russian propaganda segment?

    • wert permalink
      November 2, 2016 2:06 pm

      Better antirus than prorus agitprop as it used to be.

  9. November 1, 2016 9:21 pm

    The BBC really take the biscuit with this programme. We switched off after ten minutes it’s a really serious distortion and a complete waste of licence fee payers money. Shame on the BBC.

  10. November 1, 2016 9:23 pm

    It would seem that peak propaganda and lies concerning climate change will be in tomorrow evening’s programme. I expect Susan Crockford to be interviewed. /sarc

  11. HotScot permalink
    November 1, 2016 9:42 pm

    There is a complaints facility on the BBC. And for once, the Guardian is revealing the truth.

    • November 1, 2016 11:44 pm

      Check the DA calls for execution of Trump that Breibart reports

    • Ex-expat Colin permalink
      November 2, 2016 7:46 am

      Thought the Danish Govt were miffed with Buchanan over an earlier piece of his. He stalks a female P. Bear with his long lens when told not to. It may get bloody one of these days!

  12. November 1, 2016 9:47 pm

    “the sea ice continues to melt at an alarming rate” should read: ‘the BBC’s credibility on climate matters continues to …”[etc].

    The simple fact is that if polar bear experts had been right about the threat to polar bears from the loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, there would be no polar bears in Churchill this fall. No bears for tourists to photograph, none for biologists to study, and certainly none for the BBC to film for an upcoming three-part TV special called “Arctic Live.”

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      November 2, 2016 5:27 am

      I’ll add that the link you give is for:
      Dr. Susan J. Crockford is a zoologist with more than 35 years experience, including work on the Holocene history of Arctic animals.

      She does not post every day nor allow comments. Sometimes her posts appear on WUWT where she does look at the comments and frequently responds.

      If you have any interest in the Bears, read her back posts and then keep up.

  13. William Baird permalink
    November 1, 2016 10:06 pm

    We really must not see BBC as biased… very naughty.

    A story is a story, who cares whether its true?

    Lets all agree, the BBC is pure political rubbish – no change there then.

  14. November 1, 2016 11:25 pm

    The ice decline in our lifetime is simply a coincidence, the current Arctic old-timers having being born at around a turning point of the well known (to those of a properly sceptical nature) cyclic variations. I declined to watch this on seeing the name of Simon Reeve, well known globe trotting AGW propagandist for the BBC, a man of zero (literally) qualifications.

  15. Timo Soren permalink
    November 2, 2016 4:18 am

    Total crap science on the ‘later freeze up” here is a link
    discusses in detail the concept of freeze date and go figure NO CHANGE really in over a century. Duh…..

  16. John Peter permalink
    November 2, 2016 8:52 am

    To my surprise she did say last night that there were 25,000 polar bears alive.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      November 2, 2016 12:11 pm

      Very quickly probably in case anyone noticed. I am with those who realised that they would never get the time back that they would waste watching the programme. It does mean that you can’t make a formal complaint over the content but then would that make any difference anyway?

  17. dennisambler permalink
    November 2, 2016 12:02 pm

    We have the government intent to ratify the Paris Agreement shortly and next week is the Marrakesh venue for the annual IPCC beanfest. What better time to produce a “cuddly” Polar Bears in danger programme.

    As well as Susan Crockford’s site check out Kelsey Elias hasn’t posted since December last but his site is a wealth of first hand observation and information, with some fantastic photos.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      November 2, 2016 12:53 pm

      According to Peter Gosselin over at NoTricksZone, Germany (of all people) are planning to turn up at Marrakesh empty-handed — no plans for 2030; nothing. It seems that a sliver of reality is starting to be seen in German political circles.

  18. dennisambler permalink
    November 2, 2016 12:11 pm

    This is what is in store at Marrakesh:

    “Would you know we’re riding
    On the Marrakesh Express
    Would you know we’re riding
    On the Marrakesh Express, they’re taking me to Marrakesh
    All on board the (gravy) train, all on board the (gravy) train”

    Apologies to Crosby Stills & Nash

  19. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    November 2, 2016 1:31 pm

    Will we get an opinion/observation by a local member of the 1st nation tonight. We had the one about sheep loss and radiation and on and on. Is it people first (1st nation) or bears etc? I’ll likely not watch it..well, all the way trough – otherwise beer cans could/may/might fly.

    1st nation…FFS!

  20. November 3, 2016 4:04 pm

    Polar Bear Alley used to tell us every year when the bears left and when they let the bears out of jail. They are not posting this year but in 2014 the season was over by Nov 13th, last year being an El Nino it was later.

    There is a picture on another site taken on Nov 1 that shows ice forming along the shore and polar bears walking ice.

  21. Roy Hartwell permalink
    November 3, 2016 4:56 pm

    Well, I watched about the last ten minutes and was amazed at the knots they were tying themselves in talking about disappearing ice whilst telling us how the Russians were building shed loads of ice-breakers !!! I even heard the comment (roughly) ‘ the ice is disappearing but there will still be many icebergs which will need icebreakers to ensure a passage’ What the s**t do they ever listen to what they’re saying !!!

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