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Booker & Polar Bears

February 11, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Booker follows up the latest polar bear scare story:


The global warming-obsessed BBC has yet again been wonderfully caught out on one of its favourite memes: those supposedly vanishing polar bears due to that supposedly disappearing Arctic ice. They recently went to town with a film from a bunch of American scientists who had fixed cameras to nine mother bears in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska, showing what difficulty they had in finding their favourite food, seal pups. As recorded on the BBC Science website under the heading “Polar bears ‘running out of food’”, this was blamed on the “dramatic effects” climate change is having on Arctic sea ice, which has been “decreasing at a rate of about 14 per cent per decade”.

It is true that, since 1979, satellites have shown a declining trend in how much ice was left each September after its summer melt. But the average ice extent for last September was higher than it has been in seven of the past 11 years. The real problem for the bears in the area those scientists were studying, as Susan Crockford, the zoologist and polar bear expert, showed in a recent article, was not that the ice had disappeared but that, in the years of their study, US Navy and other data showed there was not just more of it than in the previous few years, but that it had thickened to depths of up to 16ft. As Crockford explains, this is much too thick for seals to breed, because they give birth in ice that must be thin enough for them to breathe through boreholes.

So in the years in question, the reason for the scarcity of polar bear prey was that the mother seals had all moved east and west to where the ice was thinner. In other words, the problem was not the absence of ice, as the BBC wanted us to believe, but that there was too much of it.

  1. February 11, 2018 11:08 am

    This article by CB won’t make any difference as the BBC is immune to all criticism. The BBC tells us that the BBC is always right. Cardinal Harrabin is there to make sure everybody BBC employee toes the BBC line.

    Another article in the Telegraph by our friend Silly Jilly tells us that the Government is mad enough to want to bring onshore wind back.

    Why are we ruled by idiots?

    • February 11, 2018 12:30 pm

      I’ve just left a stinging comment!

      • Joe Public permalink
        February 11, 2018 1:10 pm

        Perhaps you could offer your services as Consultant & Proof Reader so she could attempt to minimise her future errors of fact. 😀

    • Robin Humphreys permalink
      February 11, 2018 12:31 pm

      Why are we ruled by idiots; I think it’s something called democracy?!!

    • Adrian permalink
      February 11, 2018 2:30 pm

      Or are the ‘idiots’ those that continue funding the bastards with TV licences?

      If you go shopping and buy a food item and don’t like the taste, do you buy it every week?

      So treat the bbc the same way, and stop buying what you don’t like.

      • BLACK PEARL permalink
        February 11, 2018 2:59 pm

        So whats the best / safest way to go about this and what are the usual bully boy methods / threats employed by the BBC if one stops paying ?

  2. Bitter@twisted permalink
    February 11, 2018 11:54 am

    Good old Beeb.
    Makes you proud of its “unique funding, that allows it the freedom to report without bias.

  3. NeilC permalink
    February 11, 2018 12:05 pm

    This, so called Conservative, government have made an absolute mish-mash of Brexit negotiations.

    We should leave right now without any more negotiations or agreements whatsoever.

    The rest of the EU sell us more than £80bn worth of goods and services than we sell to them. I’m sure Germany would love to lose their huge car export market to the UK along with all the other industries in the EU.

    1. Do you think Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy et al, will not want to trade with us?
    2. Do you think the USA, China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, Australia, NZ et al, will not want to trade with us?

    Of course, they all will.

    • mwhite permalink
      February 11, 2018 2:33 pm

      Just think what would happen if we bared Europe from the UK fishing grounds???

      • NeilC permalink
        February 11, 2018 3:33 pm

        We’d have a lot of fish to export, with our new fishing industry

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      February 11, 2018 6:33 pm

      It is too late now, but our obvious starting point was to tell the EU that we were assuming there would be no deal and that we are preparing for a hard Brexit.

      I have no doubt that in no time at all the EU wold be knocking on our door asking for money, at which point we have the upper hand.

      Why we tried to be reasonable and rational with a bunch of people who are neither and never have been is beyond me.

  4. February 11, 2018 12:06 pm

    Has anyone suggested that they go bore holes in the 16′ of ice and install little ladders for the seals? Does this mean they are anti-seal pups if they want polar bears to eat them?

    • dave permalink
      February 11, 2018 5:24 pm

      They want polar bears to eat ’em, and Eskimos NOT to eat ’em!

      Or polar bears to eat Eskimos,

      or Eskimos not to eat Canadian MP’s,

      or Eskimos to become Inuits or…

      I am lost.

      But I am sure that Dunkirk was a great victory while the Somme battle was planned by Capital!

  5. Robin Humphreys permalink
    February 11, 2018 12:30 pm

    The Biased Broadcasting Corporation doing what it does best; again & again & again….!

  6. Keith permalink
    February 11, 2018 1:04 pm

    BBC is becoming more and the Fake News channel.

    • February 11, 2018 1:31 pm

      I find it highly amusing when the BBC discusses Fake News without realising that ‘The BBC News’ is full of fake stories.

      • A C Osborn permalink
        February 11, 2018 1:57 pm

        It would be amusing if it was no so serious.

  7. February 11, 2018 2:50 pm

    Yes, but. Too much ice is also the result of Climate Change aka Anthropogenic Global Whatever.

  8. February 11, 2018 3:59 pm

    ‘It is true that, since 1979, satellites have shown a declining trend in how much ice was left each September after its summer melt.’

    But prior to 1979 the ice had been increasing since earlier ‘Arctic ice vanishing’ media scares. BBC polar bores and the rest of the climate obsessives don’t mention that.

  9. Christopher Booker permalink
    February 11, 2018 5:29 pm

    Paul, as you know, I was entirely indebted to you for the details of this story and, because the Telegraph now gives me so little space for my column, I had to leave out my usual reference to you in the article, But at least I asked them three times to provide a link to your piece on the website version, again this morning, and still it hasn’t appeared. I’m really sorry, but once again and as always, many thanks for all you so brilliantly do,

  10. February 11, 2018 5:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  11. Michael DuPree permalink
    February 11, 2018 6:30 pm

    The webpage at the link provided at the end of the article is about Brexit not Booker’s comments on the polar bears. Could you please provide link to Booker’s comments? Thank you…

    • February 11, 2018 7:02 pm

      They’re both on the same link. You have to scroll down.

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