In June 2008, the U.S. Senate released a report saying that of the 13 “populations” of polar bears, all were “stable” or “increasing,” and none were affected by a diminishing population.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put Polar Bears on the threatened species list one month prior to the Senate report. See a video below.
The polar bear is
basically a brown bear that decided some time ago that it would be
easier to feed on seals on the ice. So long as there are seals, there
are going to be polar bears.
A Canadian biologist, Dr. Mitchell Taylor, a wildlife researcher in the Artic Nunavut:
Of the 13 populations of
polar bears in Canada, 11 are stable or increasing in number. They are
not going extinct, or even appear to be affected at present,” Taylor
said. “It is just silly to predict the demise of polar bears in 25
years based on media-assisted hysteria.”
ClimateGate goes back to early 2008. This from Dr. Scott Armstrong (Whorton School at Univ. of Pennsylvania):
The study analyzed the
methodology behind key polar bear population prediction and found that
one of the two key reports in support of listing the bears had
“extrapolated nearly 100 years into the future on the basis of only
five years data – and data for these years were of doubtful validity.”
Biologist Josef Reicholf, head of the Vertebrates Department at the National Zoological Collection in Munich, Germany:
In warmer regions it takes
far less effort to ensure survival,” Reichholf said. “How did the polar
bear survive the last warm period? … Look at the polar bear’s close
relative, the brown bear. It is found across a broad geographic region,
ranging from Europe across the Near East and North Asia, to Canada and
the United States. Whether bears survive will depend on human beings,
not the climate.
Dennis Compayre, a Polar Bear expert, has studied the bears for almost 30 years in their natural habitat:
I tell you there are as
many bears here now as there were when I was a kid,” Compayre said.
“Churchill [in Northern Canada] is full of these scientists going on
about vanishing bears and thinner bears. They come here preaching doom,
but I question whether some of them really have the bears’ best
interests at heart.”
Dr. David Bellamy, Botanist and famed UK environmental campaigner:
Why scare the families of
the world with tales that polar bears are heading for extinction when
there is good evidence that there are now twice as many of these iconic
animals, most doing well in the Arctic than there were 20 years ago?”
Returning to a more current time, June 2009, in Copenhagen:
Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (set
up under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species
Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a suitably scary
report on how polar bears are being threatened with extinction by
man-made global warming.
…one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay
away from this week’s meeting, specifically because his views on global
warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group.
Dr Mitchell Taylor has been researching the status and management of
polar bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, as
both an academic and a government employee. More than once since 2006
he has made headlines by insisting that polar bear numbers, far from
decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Of the 19
different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum
levels, only two have for local reasons modestly declined.
Dr Taylor agrees that the Arctic has been warming over the last 30
years. But he ascribes this not to rising levels of CO2 – as is
dictated by the computer models of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change and believed by his PBSG colleagues – but to currents
bringing warm water into the Arctic from the Pacific and the effect of
winds blowing in from the Bering Sea.
He has also observed, however, how the melting of Arctic ice,
supposedly threatening the survival of the bears, has rocketed to the
top of the warmists’ agenda as their most iconic single cause. The
famous photograph of two bears standing forlornly on a melting iceberg
was produced thousands of times by Al Gore, the WWF and others as an
emblem of how the bears faced extinction – until last year the
photographer, Amanda Byrd, revealed that the bears, just off the Alaska
coast, were in no danger. Her picture had nothing to do with global
warming and was only taken because the wind-sculpted ice they were
standing on made such a striking image.
Dr. Taylor signed the Manhattan Declaration, a statement by 500 scientists stating that climate changes are not due to C02, but are natural – occurring from changes in the radiation of the sun and ocean currents.
The point is, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has silenced the many, many voices of experts. We know now, that the IPCC members are certainly not experts and their interest is monetary.
One last thought: Some of the scientists quote above do not dispute global warming from natural causes. They do dispute man-made global warming. I wonder what they think, now that they know, that the world’s weather monitoring stations have been manipulated to show warming, and some stations in very cold areas, Siberia and Artic regions, have been dismantled.
You will love this video below of a mother polar bear and her cubs. Beautiful scenery – watch them slide down snowy hillsides and then disappear into a snowy hole.
Background and Related:
Ocean Rise; Sea Levels Rise Never Began: Scientists Withdraw Claims of Sea Levels Rising