Walrus-gate 2.0: media recycles climate change claims from exactly year ago

One year ago [Sept 19, 2009], WUWT reported upon the alarming problem of walrus stampedes and dead carcasses washing up on beaches.  Now, exactly one-year later, the NBC Today Show in concert with environmental groups are pushing the exact same story.

From the headlines’ language, it makes you think these walruses were bumbling creatures with no chance at surviving a leisurely swim let alone the unbelievably harsh conditions in the Arctic.  Even with some global warming, it gets really cold up there during the walrus migration…

NBC News’ TODAY show: Without sea ice, walruses struggle to adapt

And, from Seth Borenstein at AP:

Thousands of walruses flee melting sea ice for shore

Stampede killing females, children feared; ‘no sign of Arctic recovery,’ expert says

Loss of sea ice in the Chukchi this summer has surprised scientists because last winter lots of old established sea ice floated into the region, said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. But that has disappeared.

Although last year was a slight improvement over previous years, Serreze says there’s been a long-term decline that he blames on global warming.

“We’ll likely see more summers like this,” he said. “There is no sign of Arctic recovery.”

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H.R.

Kinda’ reminds me of the definition my dad gave for ‘opera’: “Opera is where, in the 3rd act when the tenor gets stabbed, instead of dying, he sings.”
Those walruses are a robust bunch if they recovered enough to come back a year later and die again.

More alarmist hokum from the man-is-ruining-the-planet crowd. The next Dalton Minimum can’t get here soon enough. It appears an extended big freeze is the only thing that will silence these research-funding-dependent pseudo-scientists and their brainwashed disciples.

James Sexton

lol, desperation calls for desperate measures. So, do they have a schedule now? Just shuffle imaginary issues and bring them back up every so often!

Curiousgeorge

Didn’t see it since I don’t watch the Today Show. But I’m sure it was replete with the requisite hand wringing, sympathy and sad faces for the walrus population, anger at the unfeeling hordes of human scum that refuse to live in caves to reduce AGW (or whatever the current terminology is), etc., etc. Did they also mention the recent proposal to limit all commercial fishing to 1 fish per boat per trip?

simpleseekeraftertruth

Serreze has ‘form’. Just search Serreze on the search box at the top of this page.
Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.
“Although last year was a slight improvement over previous years, Serreze says there’s been a long-term decline that he blames on global warming.
“We’ll likely see more summers like this,” he said. “There is no sign of Arctic recovery.”
Is advocacy part of his job description or does he mention his job title when talking to the press in a private capacity?
NSIDC is, according to their website, an organisation dealing in data. Opinion is not mentioned. Funding? “NASA, NOAA and NSF, as well as additional sources of funding, support NSIDC scientists and outreach activities through competitive grants and contracts.”
Also google “serreze romm” if you want more.

Tom in Florida

A good memory is essential in order to be a good liar.

Steve from Rockwood

@ H.R.
My father told me a punk rock concert was where the guy comes out for an encore to sing one last song and dies. Should have stuck to operas.
The walruses are owned by Greenpeace. They move them around depending upon the cause.

wws

Beware the Zombie Walrus Army! They die again! and again! and again!

John Carter

One year ago [Sept 19, 2009], WWUT reported………?
WUWT reported………. seems more likely.
[edit]

R. de Haan

Environmentalist strategy revealed: ‘Endless pressure endlessly applied and repeated”

London UK

Lazy journalism. Looking at their calendars and what was going on a year ago and wondering what they can rehash to fill their sordid column inches.

NBC is owned by GE, whose [snip] Chairman Jeff Immelt has damned near ruined the company’s value chasing the AGW cash cash cow of the Carbon Come market.
Why would you expect anything less from his minions?

Steve Allen

“Although last year was a slight improvement over previous years, Serreze says there’s been a long-term decline that he blames on global warming.”
Perhaps.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I am suppose to believe walrus stampedes off of sea-ice never occur? Maybe the individuals that are crushed on the ice, just slide, unnoticed into the sea??

DocattheAutopsy

Why won’t anyone SAVE THE WALRUSES!?!?!
Oh, they’re 1000 lb, extremely territorial, and kinda ugly, so you won’t go near them? Oh. Well, that kinda makes sense. OK.
Wait.. are they ever cute? You know, like polar bears? What’s that? Always look like blubber with fangs? Oh. So no coke commercials? Yeah, I figured the hugging the Nissan owner was out too.
So. Good luck walruses! Climate change is bad, yadda yadda..!

latitude

Like they don’t do this same exact thing on ice………….

C. Scott

[SNIP – No d-words, please. ~dbs, mod.]

WarmingTrend

For a minute I thought this was going to be an article about how there is no such thing as loss of sea ice on the north bank of Alaska. I guess even this site can’t bend the truth that much.
http://www.aolnews.com/science/article/melting-ice-forces-10000-walruses-ashore-in-alaska/19634480

Günther Kirschbaum

Where’s the analysis here? Perhaps the same thing that happened last year, happened this year again?
Oh wait, if I follow the link to the original, one week old story I read what Ryan Maue omitted:
“U.S. government scientists say this massive move to shore by walruses is unusual in the United States. But it has happened at least twice before, in 2007 and 2009.
So where is the -Gate in this? It isn’t there, is it? Great stuff, Ryan, you fit right in and the crowd is lapping it up without double-checking.
[ryanm]: walrus commonly rest on terra firma in Russia, this is not a threat to their species, but a response to changing ice conditions. 30-yrs of records to compare your anecdotal evidence against is not sufficient

Jimbo

I recently made a comment on The Guardian concerning their headline:

“Scientists investigate massive walrus haul-out in Alaska”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/13/walrus-haul-out-alaska?showallcomments=true#comment-fold

I have since been banned. :o(
See my comments concerning their nonsense. I asked them to print a correction but they stuck to their nonsense concering acid Arctic. Read and enjoy:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/7665410
http://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/7663646
http://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/7664000
http://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/7664056
http://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/7669224

Gneiss

And yet Watts and Goddard were quite wrong, all the scientists were right, there has been no sign of an Arctic ice recovery.
REPLY: Not this year, but there’s plenty of years ahead ;-). And. Dr. Mark Serreze of NSIDC was wrong too:

“Could we break another record this year? I think it’s quite possible,” said Mark Serreze of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo.

But, that doesn’t fit your narrative, so I can see why you didn’t mention it. – Anthony

I recycle my plastic trash, they do the same with their news. Whats wrong with that?

Jimbo
rbateman

Never mind that 1/2 the years from 1979 to 2010 have had ice melt back from the Alaskan Arctic Shore, and in a random year fashion, starting with 1979 I believe.
It’s really all your fault.

Jimbo

“Walruses live in the Arctic seas and on land. (map – range for Pacific and Atlantic walrus) They prefer living on the ice, but are also found on the coasts and beaches in the summer. ”
http://www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/arctic/walrus.html

“Their preferred habitat is an ice floe that has enough density and surface area to support a herd of 12-foot-long, 3,000 pound mammals. In the spring, walrus ‘haul out’ on this floating ice to rest, mate and rear their young”
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/view.php?id=31615

What about the summer?

PhilJourdan

H.R. says:
September 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

What happened to the fat lady? 😉

Peter

And in 2006, media reported about another walrus doom-story: “Nine lone walrus calves were reported swimming in deep waters far from shore by researchers aboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy during a cruise in the Canada Basin in the summer of 2004”.
“The sightings suggest that increased polar warming may lead to decreases in the walrus population.”
Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/04/060415113239.htm

jeef

Gneiss says:
September 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm
And yet Watts and Goddard were quite wrong, all the scientists were right, there has been no sign of an Arctic ice recovery.
==============================
So, is this year’s minimum more or less than 2007? Still reckon it’ll be ice-free by 2013?
Back on topic – are you happy to read a news story that’s 12 months out of date? It ought to be called ‘olds’, not ‘news’! Keep following the links here from your little warmist enclave – you might learn something if you hang around.

Djozar

I am the Egg-Mann, they are the Egg-Menn, I am the Walrus = koo-koo-kachoo.

Jimbo

kirkmyers says:
September 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm
“…………..The next Dalton Minimum can’t get here soon enough. It appears an extended big freeze is the only thing that will silence these research-funding-dependent pseudo-scientists and their brainwashed disciples.”

I couldn’t agree with you more. The consequences will be dire though.

Tom in Florida says:
September 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm
A good memory is essential in order to be a good liar.

Just see the flip flopping from Mark Serreze from Mark Serreze.
These climate FUND SEEKERS have no dignity or shame. What a shame that climate science is run by forked toungues, greed and LIES.

P Walker

How has the walrus population fared over the last thirty years or so ? Is it possible that so many walruses are coming ashore because ther are so many of them ?

One year ago [Sept 19, 2009], WWUT reported upon the alarming problem of walrus stampedes and dead carcasses washing up on beaches.
As I recall WUWT mocked the idea from the original newspaper article and suggested that the walrus might have been shot by poachers. A view that was adhered to by most of the posters who in some cases quite aggressively countered my posts, pointing out the presence of (imaginary) tyre tracks, footprints and bullet holes. Strangely the posts disappeared once the report of the Wildlife service biologists attributing it to trampling finally came out.
ryanm: walrus are actively hunted by the locals

H.R.

PhilJourdan says:
September 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm
H.R. says:
September 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm
What happened to the fat lady? 😉
———————
Dunno… (H.R. squints)… I thought she was in that picture somewhere…. lots of large bodies…. one of ’em might be a soprano… (squints again)… hard to make out…. hopefully, she sings.

Jimbo

Gneiss says:
September 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm
And yet Watts and Goddard were quite wrong, all the scientists were right, there has been no sign of an Arctic ice recovery.

HOW DO YOU KNOW “all the scientists were right”? Your statement is obvious rubbish as there are scientists who are sceptical. Gneiss, only time will tell and 4 years ain’t climate.

The AP can’t fire Borenstein fast enough – he makes his living off of scare-mongering and lies. His cozy relationships with unethical climate(gate) “scientists” is a COI he is unwilling to rectify.

Jimbo

P Walker says:
September 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm
How has the walrus population fared over the last thirty years or so ? Is it possible that so many walruses are coming ashore because ther are so many of them ?

I don’t know but it’s a bit like how polar bears are thriving in the ‘warming’ arctic click here.

Günther Kirschbaum

How has the walrus population fared over the last thirty years or so ? Is it possible that so many walruses are coming ashore because ther are so many of them ?
Good questions! Do tell us, Ryan Maue. Show us the real -Gate.
ryanm: the main threat historically to the walrus population has been overhunting by locals to the point of depletion. a simple google search can find this information rather readily, i.e. http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/Walrus/habdiswal.html The current population is likely near what the environment can safely support.

ES

From Thousands of walruses flee melting sea ice for shore: “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to change airplane flight patterns to avoid spooking the animals.”
The Fish and Wildlife Service is not in charge of aviation, the FAA is. There are some reports of a no fly zone.
The FAA already has other Wildlife Flight Advisories such as this one, where they added two more areas (2008).
YOUR SUPPORT AND COOPERATION IS REQUESTED TO
MINIMIZE DISTURBANCE TO WALRUS RESTING
AT CAPE NEWHENHAM AND CAPE PEIRCE
THESE ARE IMPORTANT RESTING AREAS FOR PACIFIC WALRUS. Each summer, thousands of walrus migrate into Bristol Bay to feed on rich beds of clams and other marine organisms. Between feeding cycles, they come to shore to rest at isolated resting areas (haulouts) distributed around the shoreline in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.
WALRUS ARE SENSITIVE TO HUMAN DISTURBANCES.Although responses to human activities are variable, walrus will often flee haulouts in response to the sight, sound, or odor of humans or their machines. Trampling deaths associated with haulout disturbance is one of the largest known sources of natural mortality for walrus. Frequent or prolonged disturbances may even result in long term haulout abandonment.
DISTURBING WALRUS IS AGAINST THE LAW. Operating an aircraft or boat in a manner which results in disturbing, harassing, herding, hazing, or driving of walrus is prohibited under provisions of the Marine Mammals Protection Act and Federal Airborne Hunting Act.
YOU CAN HELP MINIMIZE DISTURBANCES TO WALRUS AT CAPE NEWENHAM AND CAPE PEIRCE. To ensure that walrus are not disturbed, please follow these guidelines between April 1st and October 31st when traveling near Cape Newenham and Cape Peirce:
http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/systemops/fs/alaskan/advisories/walrus/

Joe Lalonde

I believe I have a Walrus recipe from last year here!

Gneiss

jeef writes,
“So, is this year’s minimum more or less than 2007? ”
Looks like this year’s minimum will be quite close to 2008, not below 2007. So second or third lowest of the satellite era, barely. But you knew that, you’re trying to be sarcastic, right?
“Still reckon it’ll be ice-free by 2013?”
Still? You have evidence that I reckoned that before? Or just another try at sarcasm?
“Back on topic – are you happy to read a news story that’s 12 months out of date?”
But it’s not, that was just the original post’s insinuation which I guess you believed without looking at the article itself.
“Keep following the links here from your little warmist enclave – you might learn something if you hang around.”
I have no little warmist enclave and doubt such a thing exists. Nor did I get here by following any links. You’ve pretty much made this all up.
It’s educational hanging around here, that much is true.

Paddy

Apparently, walrus have been gathering on Alaskan islands during the summer for a long time:
http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=refuge.rnd_is

John F. Hultquist

Prior to 2002 the behavior reported here was well know:
http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/Magazine/ma02/walrusfacts.asp
“Walruses are highly social animals and are almost always found in herds, numbering from hundreds to several thousand individuals. On ice floes or on land, walruses are often seen packed together like sardines, with calves resting on top of adults to avoid being crushed. When disturbed, such as when a plane flies over a resting herd, the walruses stampede into the water.”

pat

poor george:
20 Sept: Guardian: George Monbiot: Climate change enlightenment was fun while it lasted. But now it’s dead
The collapse of the talks at Copenhagen took away all momentum for change and the lobbyists are back in control. So what next?
It’s not just that we have lost 18 precious years. Throughout the age of good intentions and grand announcements we spiralled backwards.
Nor do regional and national commitments offer more hope. An analysis published a few days ago by the campaigning group Sandbag estimates the amount of carbon that will have been saved by the end of the second phase of the EU’s emissions trading system, in 2012; after the hopeless failure of the scheme’s first phase we were promised that the real carbon cuts would start to bite between 2008 and 2012. So how much carbon will it save by then? Less than one third of 1%.
Worse still, the reduction in industrial output caused by the recession has allowed big polluters to build up a bank of carbon permits which they can carry into the next phase of the trading scheme. If nothing is done to annul them or to crank down the proposed carbon cap (which, given the strength of industrial lobbies and the weakness of government resolve, is unlikely) these spare permits will vitiate phase three as well. Unlike the Kyoto protocol, the EU’s emissions trading system will remain alive. It will also remain completely useless…
Missing from the proposed (British) cuts are the net greenhouse gas emissions we have outsourced to other countries and now import in the form of manufactured goods. Were these included in the UK’s accounts, alongside the aviation, shipping and tourism gases excluded from official figures, Britain’s emissions would rise by 48%. Rather than cutting our contribution to global warming by 19% since 1990, as the government boasts, we have increased it by about 29%….
Greens are a puny force by comparison to industrial lobby groups, the cowardice of governments and the natural human tendency to deny what we don’t want to see…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/20/climate-change-negotiations-failure
by george, here’s saatchi & saatchi denying the greens vs big lobbyists scenario:
20 Sept: Atlantic: Adam Werbach: Why Big Business Is Defending California’s Climate Regulations
(Adam Werbach is the author of Strategy for Sustainability and the Chief Sustainability Officer for global agency Saatchi & Saatchi)
An increasing number of the largest companies in the world are becoming active advocates for climate change legislation. Recently, Marius Kloppers, the Australia-based BHP Billiton chief executive, called for a carbon tax. BHPBilliton, one of the largest mining companies in the world, recorded revenues of $10 billion in its coal business last year, but that didn’t stop them from trying to lead the debate in the newly formed weak coalition government in Australia.
The World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Saver program engages companies to make voluntary binding commitments to reduce their own emissions. It includes cement-maker LaFarge, IBM, Coca-Cola, and drug-maker Novo Nordisk.
The U.S. Climate Action Partnership calls for climate legislation with a membership that includes Duke Energy, PG&E, Johnson & Johnson, Dow Chemical, Ford Motor Company, DuPont, and General Electric. Walmart’s call to its supply chain to report and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions has catalyzed CEO-level conversations in their 60,000-member supplier base…
Changing Business Models: Companies like General Electric and Google view the clean energy boom as a business opportunity, and must rationalize their policy positions with their business objectives. As new analyst groups, like the Goldman-Sachs Sustain framework, gain more prominence, companies that have more of their portfolio hedged against commodity shocks and climate change will become more highly valued…
The companies gathering together to defend the law are doing so for the same reason that corporations have banded together before. There’s money to be made.
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/09/why-big-business-is-defending-californias-climate-regulations/63213
by george, another george proves it’s not greens vs the big boys:
20 Sept: Financial Post: George Soros delivers harsh words for climate change movement…
Beyond billions in government support, what’s really needed to tackle climate change is trillions in private financing, a panel at the opening ceremony of Climate Change NYC said today…
“If left to the government, change wouldn’t get done,” he said, adding that the public is beginning to lose faith.
Mr. Soros said he’s focused on two specific areas in climate change: protecting rain forests and reducing coal’s carbon footprint…
http://business.financialpost.com/2010/09/20/george-soros-delivers-harsh-words-for-climate-change-movement

Gneiss

Jimbo writes,
“HOW DO YOU KNOW “all the scientists were right”? Your statement is obvious rubbish as there are scientists who are sceptical.”
Who, Jimbo? Can you name some actual Arctic scientist who stated, as confidently as Alan, “Steven” and the WUWT faithful, that Arctic ice was on the path to recovery this year?
“Gneiss, only time will tell and 4 years ain’t climate.”
No, of course it isn’t, and Arctic climate indicators of various kinds go back decades, centuries, or millions of years farther. But the “recovery” chorus at WUWT was looking at just two years! Did you voice one word of skepticism, tell them “2 years ain’t climate,” when they did?

Andrew30

So..
That’s two times.
What I tell you three times is true.
Lewis Carroll

cuckoo

Does that headline really say ‘Stampede killing females, children feared’? Since when did we start calling young walruses “children”? This isn’t just editorial incompetence. It might still be a mistake, but it’s the kind of mistake made by people brainwashed into thinking that there’s no difference between animals and humans.

fp

Yeah I read an article on this a few days ago which speculated that the walrus might soon become extinct. How did they manage to survive 125,000 years ago when it was warmer, I wonder?

Yuba Yollabolly

Gniess, You’re right it is educational hanging around here. It’s interesting how few posters here check links for themselves and chomp down on the spinning bait.
Nice work Günther Kirschbaum, (but why didn’t the first and subsequent responders do that?)
Some folks here might want to check their preconceived notions.

DesertYote

Günther Kirschbaum
September 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm
You’re the one that is drinking the cool-aid. If you did your research you would know that late summer mass aggregations of walrus are a normal occurrence, even in Alaska. The increase in herd size is due to the increase in population, nothing more. The portion you quoted is deliberately misleading.
The article is pure propaganda, as were the stories about this normal phenomena published last year. This post is not about regurgitating stories about walrus stampedes, but regurgitating the propaganda that global warming is causing it, and that it is going to get worse.

These same specious arguments were made by eco-wackos when they were arm-waving about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge [ANWR]. They claimed that the caribou would be driven off the land by the ANWR pipeline. Even the grizzly bears are laughing at the ridiculous Greens.
Greens. Is there anything they don’t know?

rbateman

Phil. says:
September 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm
When a new condition or incident is first noticed or reported, and when it does not come with a reasonable explanation, then the thing to do in the blog is to speculate as to cause.
What you are saying is that it’s ok to speculate AGW as the cause, but all else is heresy.
I do remember that thread.