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