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.”