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Polar Bear Population Is Rising, Despite Green Fears

December 24, 2016

By Paul Homewood




From the Daily Caller:


Polar bears are much more resilient to changing levels of sea ice than environmentalists previously believed, and numerous healthy populations are thriving.

Predictions that bears would die due to a lack of sea ice have continuously not come to pass. A new study by Canadian scientists found “no evidence” polar bears are currently threatened by global warming.

“We see reason for concern, but find no reliable evidence to support the contention that polar bears are currently experiencing a climate crisis,” Canadian scientists wrote in their study, published in Ecology and Evolution.

Polar bears became an icon for environmentalists who claimed that melting Arctic sea ice could kill thousands of bears. Former Vice President Al Gore heavily promoted this viewpoint by featuring polar bears swimming for their lives and drowning in his 2006 film on global warming.

Fears about global warming’s impact on polar bears even spurred the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to say that the bear was “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 2008. Polar bears were the first species to be listed over possibly being harmed in the future by global warming.

Scientists, however, have increasingly been questioning alarmists as there are way more polar bears alive today than 40 years ago.

In fact, polar bears have likely survived past ice-free periods in the Arctic. There is no evidence of large scale marine life extinctions in the Arctic in the past 1.5 million years, despite the Arctic going through prolonged periods with no summer ice cover.


The reference is to a study of Canadian polar bear populations by Jordan York et al, “Demographic and traditional knowledge perspectives on the current status of Canadian polar bear subpopulations


According to their Abstract:

Considering both TEK and scientific information, we suggest that the current status of Canadian polar bear subpopulations in 2013 was 12 stable/increasing and one declining (Kane Basin). We do not find support for the perspective that polar bears within or shared with Canada are currently in any sort of climate crisis.

  1. December 24, 2016 3:14 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  2. markl permalink
    December 24, 2016 4:38 pm

    Yet we still have self described environmentalists parading around in polar bear suits at demonstrations. Have any of the dire ‘climate change’ predictions come true? Any?

  3. Robert permalink
    December 24, 2016 4:44 pm

    The sea ice cannot be that thin if polar bears are carried all the way to Iceland in July.

  4. December 24, 2016 6:00 pm

    A interesting finding in the report:

    While there are many projections of climate change that suggest a nearly ice-free Arctic to occur in the warmer months (i.e., September) (IPCC 2007, 2013, Durner et al. 2009; Amstrup et al. 2010; Mahlstein and Knutti 2012; Overland and Wang 2013), there are currently no global climate model (GCM) projections of climate change that suggest a totally ice-free Arctic in any season or month.

    Soooo – all of the past [incorrect] predictions, as well as the predictions of future ice-free summers, is simply an off the cuff remark by a handful, carried forward by great many in politics and in our national mainstream media.

  5. Don B permalink
    December 24, 2016 7:00 pm

    “As polar bear populations fail to decline with sea ice, message of doom intensifies”

    Dr. Susan Crockford has a wonderful site, polar bear science dot com.

  6. December 24, 2016 9:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “Scientists, however, have increasingly been questioning alarmists as there are way more polar bears alive today than 40 years ago.”

    The poster child of “global warming” catastrophe alive and thriving!

    Yet another alarmist dud-prediction used to scare and brainwash the gullible into CAGW belief.

    Merry Xmas Paul. Thx for all your great work this year!

  7. December 25, 2016 8:22 pm

    Most popular media don’t carry that headline, rather in the last few weeks they carried
    AGU Fall Meeting 2016: Polar bear numbers set to drop by one-third
    … There was also.a whacky presentation by Lew and Oreskes at the AGU.meeting.

    • John Palmer permalink
      December 26, 2016 10:41 am

      And I predict that the population of AGW Alarmists will tumble to near-extinction over the same 30-40 year period! Confidence and certainty high due to my new modelling programme.

      • December 26, 2016 12:17 pm

        The technical term for that is ‘death spiral’ 😉

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