Friday Funny- Gavin Schmidt on: Polar Bears, Martha Stewart, and Me

Oh, I found some comedy gold posted on the NASA website What on Earth is That?

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It features a talk by NASA GISS warmist Gavin Schmidt, who apparently took a trip to understand that all important metric of the Arctic climate; polar bears. A video of his talk follows. Apparently, Martha Stewart came along for the ride and made a festive thermometer cozy for Gavin.

Gosh, how did he tear himself away from his taxpayer funded blogging duties at Real Climate while he’s still got hundreds of climate reporting stations in Australia that haven’t been updated since 1992 in the GISTEMP database? Good thing he has his priorities straight.

Somebody at NASA writes on that blog:

You just can’t go wrong with a title to a talk like that. The clip below is from an hour-long talk that Gavin Schmidt gave to colleagues at GISS about his visit to Churchill, a tiny town in Canada that’s known as the polar bear capitol of the world. Yes, Martha Stewart came along as well. The talk doesn’t start until about 1:48, and Schmidt’s interview with Stewart starts at 48:18

And here’s the video:

This note is on the video, presumably from Gavin. This video says it has had 35 views so far, so I expect WUWT readers will make up the bulk of the viewership.

Title: Polar bears, Martha Stewart and me

Abstract:

Polar bears are frequently poster children for climate change issues, but until recently I had very little idea of the details of threat posed by continuing Arctic change on their life-cycle. In this presentation I’ll share what I learned on a recent trip along with some other, perhaps more recognisable, New Yorkers, to Churchill, Manitoba

“Polar Bear Capital of the World”!

And, here’s Gavin’s slide show in PDF form:

http://www.giss.nasa.gov/meetings/lunch/2011a/20110209-Gavin_Schmidt.pdf

UPDATE: For those of you that would like some peer reviewed science to help de-gavinify your friends that fear “global warming” will bring on the demise of the polar bear, here’s this from commenter “Jimbo” who writes:

It seems to me that Polar Bears are more robust than previously thought.

and…

This is the perfect thread to show how vulnerable Polar Bears are.

“…a radio-collared adult female polar bear in the Beaufort Sea made a continuous swim of 687 km over 9 days…”

Estimating the Energetic Contribution of Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Summer Diets to the Total Energy Budget

The analysis indicated that it is possible for polar bears to maintain their body mass while on shore by feeding on arctic charr and seal blubber. Polar bears of body masses up to 280 kg could gain sufficient energy from blueberries to match the daily energy loss.

http://www.asmjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1644/08-MAMM-A-103R2.1

We describe an observation of a polar bear cub on its mother’s back while the mother was swimming among ice floes in Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/8051204vu73l320w/

Also:

http://www.beartrust.org/Polar_bear.html

and…

Polar Bears Thrive While Arctic Warms Up!

A survey of the animals’ numbers in Canada’s eastern Arctic has revealed that they are thriving, not declining, because of mankind’s interference in the environment.

In the Davis Strait area, a 140,000-square kilometre region, the polar bear population has grown from 850 in the mid-1980s to 2,100 today.

Polar Bear numbers

Polar bears are distributed throughout the Arctic in 19 populations, comprising an estimated total of 20 000–25 000 bears (Marine Mammal Commission, 2006).

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Jim

Was this trip on our nickel or his??

Curiousgeorge

Darn shame he didn’t go hug one during his visit.

Shaun Dunne

I don’t get it. Am I supposed to hate on Schmidt?

old construction worker

You could add one more caption: Martha Stewart ” Hmmm—-Dinner”

sandw15

Jim: “Was this trip on our nickel or his??”
Does it matter? He gets all his nickels from the taxpayers anyway.

DirkH

Only watched the beginning to see how Gav looks like. Why does he mention Martha Stewart? Did he ask her how it was in the locker?

Jim says:
July 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Was this trip on our nickel or his??

What do you think? The “enlightened” are above the rules that apply to peons like you and me. So naturally it was on our nickel.

Jimbo

It seems to me that Polar Bears are more robust than previously thought.
Polar Bear numbers increasing since the 1950s – blame global warming.
I blame the increase on an increased ban on hunting.

Bruce

Martha was rug shopping.

Green Sand

Thank you!
So that is Gavin Schmidt? Amazing what you can get about a person who is giving a talk.
I will now watch the rest, later, the Gavin Schmidt, you say? The all knowing, convincing, I know how to save the world Gavin Schmidt, you say? Well isn’t that interesting!
I will watch the rest later…

pat

Old but good study on the Bears of Churchill here;
http://www.john-daly.com/p-bears/index.htm
Population is stable.

Bruce
Jimbo

This is the perfect thread to show how vulnerable Polar Bears are.

“…a radio-collared adult female polar bear in the Beaufort Sea made a continuous swim of 687 km over 9 days…”

Estimating the Energetic Contribution of Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Summer Diets to the Total Energy Budget
The analysis indicated that it is possible for polar bears to maintain their body mass while on shore by feeding on arctic charr and seal blubber. Polar bears of body masses up to 280 kg could gain sufficient energy from blueberries to match the daily energy loss.
http://www.asmjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1644/08-MAMM-A-103R2.1

We describe an observation of a polar bear cub on its mother’s back while the mother was swimming among ice floes in Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic.
http://www.springerlink.com/content/8051204vu73l320w/
Also:
http://www.beartrust.org/Polar_bear.html

Polar Bears are doomed I tells ya.

Eric Gisin

I’m suprised skeptic bloggers did not report ICCC6. Ron Bailey at Reason did. [Tips&Notes takes forever to load].
http://reason.com/archives/2011/07/05/luckewarmers-denialists-and-ot

Doug Proctor

I was in Churchill August 2009. The polar bears were hanging around, waiting for the ice to form over the Churchill River; when the ice is thick enough, the snows are deep enough for the bears to walk to where they want to go. It is a wonderful example of how nature uses a natural process to time another (the bears could swim the distance any time they wanted.) In the meantime it can be spooky wandering along the side streets, and people who can drive with rifles in their trucks.
The bear trap is used to grab bears that become too interested in people. During the wait the bears basically do not eat. Small dogs and slim people are safe as the bears get enough protein but need fat; to the southeast of Churchill husky sled dogs are staked out in polar-bear-land without problems. It is rare that people get et, but it does happen, which then causes the demise of Sir Bear. The bear being slung beneath a helicopter is probably a problem bear that was put in the “bear jail”. The bear jail is a concrete structure with tiny windows and nothing in it. For a couple of months the bear is there and only gets ice. No food. No people. Nothing. The problem bear learns that this is a very bad place to be. When the other bears have left, the problem bear is sedated, slung and dropped off up the trail with its brothers and sisters. Suitably impressed with human involvement, problem bears remain being bears but stop being problems. As for the PETA people, they don’t know about the starvation thing, mostly because they wouldn’t understand what real wild animals are like and how they have to be treated.
The locals know that there are far more polar bears than there used to be. Locally the primary reason is that in the 1940s through the 1960s Churchill was an important Defence Early Warming station for the American Air Force. Before the Commie nukes could fall on Washington, they had to fly over Churchill where they would be targeted and, it was hoped, detonated early, perhaps over Ottawa, Canada, but certainly before the US capital. During that time there were a many troops there, all armed with M1s, whose job it was to keep the tarmac, base and visiting VIPs safe from enemy infiltration and the jaws of white bears. Generals, colonels and the upper staff officers on tours or junkets used to go out on polar bear shoots (not really a hunt) and come back on the C140s with their trophies. Of course this was all off-the-record, but when you are dealing with polar bears vs armed warriors, only one has the tale to tell. And one reason they had the polar bear population around was the large, open garbage dump between the base and the town. The dump doesn’t exist any more, but even after the base was decommissioned it did. So you could always find the polar bears, if you wanted. They still sleep inside the fuselage of a downed cargo plane on the outskirts of Churchill, but they are just hanging around, stomachs growling these days (and waiting for tourists to check out the wreck. That one and the ship rusting to pieces further south, in the Bay shallows.)
Churchill is a poster child of various things. In the museum you can see how the temperatures have risen drastically … up to 1982. Then the record stops. It didn’t get much warmer after that. The eco-ist warmer comes and gets in the big-wheeled trucks when the ice is thick enough and is amazed at the numbers of polar bears. They are everywhere!, especially on the 100m wide trail that they use and have used for millenia that the tour operators know about. While I was there some of these overpaid, underthinkers and his male-impressed bride told me that they had seen 6! 6! bears that day. The town was flooded with polar bears! If they saw 6! 6! there must be HUNDREDS out there.
Fact is, polar bears are bored and a little annoyed at being followed. So they wander. During my time there I got to know the conservation officer and a truck rental guy who helps him load bears when needed into the backs of trucks to go to the Polar Bear Jail. There was only one bear in town. It wandered a bit. Just after the eco-6! 6! couple left, I heard the polar bear alert horn go off and then, a few minutes later, the sound of a tranq-firing gun going off. Sir Bear was now prisoner August-01, and was denied bail. You could suntan (except for the mosquitos) in Churchill once more.
The Inuit and the Dene who live in Churchill have been saying for years that there are more ‘bears now than in their childhood, and with good reason. And them’s good huntin’, at least from a permit point of view (think $50,000/bear, with 75% restricted to American hunters). You won’t find one of God’s Natural Men (or Women) saying the polar bear is endangered. Skinnier, yes, as the ice goes away early. The Hudson Bay polar bears get south of Churchill when the ice they ride drifts south as it melts, so they come onshore. Hard to hunt seals when you are onshore, but guess where seals go when the ice is out? Close to shore, don’t ya know. Seems to work out. The worst thing for polar bears in Hudson Bay would be ice that didn’t break off and drift south. They don’t plan to go south; melting ice does that thinking for them.
Churchill and the ecoist warmist is such a good mix that every business in Churchill will tell you how difficult it is for the polar bears now and how you MUST come and stay and go on tours because, you know, your children won’t have any polar bears to see. Reservations are recommended during high season, bring your BankCard for unexpected purchases or expenses, please. Check out the abandoned base but never do so without a guide (actually, this part is true: there are so many nooks and crannies for a bear to hide in you might as well wish to visit the Haunted House where they actually carve up the occassional visitor).
What a place, what a time. Not that the polar bears care. They don’t like each other, anyway, it’s just that all polar paths lead to Churchill, so that’s where the gang end up. The bears and those awful guys in NorthFace jackets (wolf fur around the collar), their damn cameras and the Tundra buggy they park in the middle of the road.

PJB

Boy, does he ever wave his hands a lot…..force of habit?

Jimbo
Bob in Castlemaine

From Jo Nova: The alter egos of John Clarke and Bryan Dawe(1) “The Everything Tax — a tin pot raffle with no prize
(1) John Clarke and Bryan Dawe a clever satirist duo that appear on the ABC (the ABC is the Australian public broadcaster, ideologically extreme left, similar to the BBC, no chance that such heresy would be aired there even as satire)

Josh Grella

Jim says:
July 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm
I think we all know the answer to that question.
The look on people’s faces when I tell them that polar bears are not only NOT endagered, but they are so abundant that many remote northern villages have a serious problem with them, they look at me like I’m nuts. I’m not sure whether or not they are listening when I explain to them that polar bears have survived previous interglacials that were warmer than the current (that is, warmer according to the paleoclimatic proxy “data”). Similarly, they look at me in total disbelief when I state that it is quite common for polar bears to swim nonstop for many miles. I’m such a heretic…

Jimbo

Eric Gisin says:
July 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm
…………………..[Tips&Notes takes forever to load].

I have dial up. Don’t ask. I have tired to send a number of tips but often give up. Why not have tips and notes made up of 10 pages? When each page has 100 comments it turnes to the next page. Just a suggestion. ;O)

Bob in Castlemaine

Eric Gisin says:
July 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

……[Tips&Notes takes forever to load].
Experienced the same problem Eric. My little steam driven PC seems to get lost somewhere along the way and give up.

Jimbo

Correction:
“I have tired to send…”
“I have tried to send…”
maybe not. ;>)

David Davidovics

Anthony, how did you get his number? LMAO!!!

Green Sand

I have just been informed that Gavin Schmidt was part of one of our misdirected export campaigns. Please accept the apologies of this humble UK citizen.
Whilst we must accept a degree of responsibility, we also claim a degree of mitigation due to the failure of your indigenous North American carnivores.

old44

This man could bore the legs off a billiard table. Nothing you couldn’t learn flicking through a 20yo copy of NatGeo at a dentists office.

Jeff

So, all the fuss is because polar bears have a period of time when they eat, and a period of time when they live off their fat reserves. Last time I checked, other bears do that too, just with the seasons reversed. They’ve adapted to their environment. Jeez

DeNihilist

Scroll to 19:50 and watch, hilarious!

jack morrow

Doug Proctor says
Gosh Doug- us rednecks here in Alabama drive around with our rifles in our trucks all the time. I would think it would be spooky not seeing one in someones truck.

starzmom

If polar bears have such a difficult time surviving in warmer climates, then why do all the zoos in temperate places have happy healthy polar bears?

MrX

Keep that guy out of Canada.

Sean Peake

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

dp

Perhaps Martha was there to coach Gavin on what life is like in slam – a word to the wise visit. She at least knows first hand what they do to liars – oops, I mean mendacious people, after all.

Funny, what does Martha do after she serves her prison sentence? Does crooked stuff like manipulation of MSO (Martha Stewart Omni-media) stock so she could pump the price up and unload a plonkerload of what she owned. She hired Blackstone Group to make it look like there might be a buyer for her worthless company and would pay $10/share. Good for a $4 stock! So when it pumped up as far as it would go she dumped her stock.
Crooks always hang out together. Birds of a feather…

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

Hey cool, that’s one of those experimental CAGW survival vehicles! High enough to cross areas flooded due to anthropogenic carbon emissions, can easily traverse perpetually drought-stricken regions undergoing desertification due to anthropogenic carbon emissions, as well as plowing through those 15-foot snow drifts from the anthropogenic carbon emissions-caused blizzards. Also has the retractable ladders and locking doors and windows to fend off the food- and fuel-starved peasants who’ve come to think Mad Max was way too optimistic.
Note this is an extra-Green version. The roof is extra large for lots of solar PV panels, useful as of course the vehicle is a hybrid. See the stubby smokestack sticking up? It also has “recycling” toilets, dung and other organic wastes are burned for heat, but that’s done in conjunction with syngas production as the engine runs on either syngas, ethanol or biodiesel, or carbon-offsetted liquid fossil fuels (emergency-use only, verified offsets must be logged with the vehicle’s computer before engaging).
I’m also noticing the “ledge” at the back. This may be an Inconvenient variant, that’s actually the wall around the hot tub, comfortably sized and capable of holding Al Gore and a chakra-releasing massage therapist. Sadly, what’s “inconvenient” is the hot tub uses solar heating, there’s only so much solar energy to go around and the vehicle also uses a solar-powered water purifier… And the tub doubles as the on-vehicle water supply tank. But still, it’s fun to laugh at hungry polar bears and peons while lounging in a soothing pool of warm bubbling water while sipping a fine organic wine, which Al knows is certainly the Truth.

Richard Day

He passed on one of the world’s great traditions: kiss the Blarney stone, hoist a pint at Oktoberfest, hand-feed Churchill polar bears.

Tom T

sandw15: Yeah it matters. If he paid for it, in reality we only paid once, for his salary. If we paid for it, then we paid twice, for his salary and for the trip.

There are a number of people who lost a lot of cabbage on the Martha Stewart Omni pump & dump that [snip]
I admit I made/lost nothing on it myself, luckily I caught her interview on MSNBC & figured out what she was up to in time.
But she got me a 90 day restriction for using funds from a sale that hadn’t cleared and sold after 1 day.

David Ball

Is he going to release a picher book on this, too. No science, just pichers, ………… 8^D.

jmsully

Jeff,
There are a couple of issues with your statements.
First Ursus Maritumus (Polar bears) are experiencing a decrease in the time they have to feed. This is not the case for most other species on North American bears (although there are population dependent differences). In this case body weight seems to be decreasing and fecundity seems to be suffering.
Most populations of Ursus Arctos (Grizzly bears) should be able to do better, but some populations, such as those at the southern edge of their range are beginning to have troubles. Specifically, in the Yellowstone area the Whitebark pine is experiencing declines due to Mountain Pine Beetle (the first species in Gavin’s PDF). This is causing a decline in one of, if not the, most important food sources for grizzlies in this area. It has not affected populations in this region yet, but is expected to.
Of course Ursus Americanus (Black bears) are a weedy species and quite adaptable. They are not in any danger.
Personally I would vote for the Mountain Pine Beetle as the poster child. Around here they have resulted in a new species of pine, the “Red Pine” with vast stretches of forest killed in the recent outbreak. Of course Spruce Budworm is right in there too…
Finally I would note that this is part of a program at GISS of lunchtime seminars. When I worked at SGI I had to give a couple of these It was expected if you were doing interesting work that others might benefit from.

joe

Gosh, how did he tear himself away from his taxpayer funded blogging duties at Real Climate while he’s still got hundreds of climate reporting stations in Australia that haven’t been updated since 1992 in the GISTEMP database? Good thing he has his priorities straight.
i always wonder how many gov’t “workers” spend all day in their cubicles just surfing the internet all day and generally wasting time on the taxpayer’s dime…someone called in to a talk radio show a few days ago and said they were hired about a year ago by the State of CA(under stimulus $$$ iirc) and the department was so disorganized that they really couldn’t find any work for him to do yet…i think the department was planning to move their office location or they were planning expansion in the future(something like that) but the guy just had no work to do..just show up every day, twiddle thumbs and collect paycheck, pension, and healthcare…

Oh, I got snipped again… I want you to know that I harbor no disrespect for women.
A gentle woman has stolen my heart away. She is gorgeous, inside, outside and from every angle she is stunning. She loves me, she really REALLY loves me. NEVER have I been so smitten!!! She said I had it coming!
But Marthy is a bit differences from that.

jorgekafkazar

old44 says: “This man could bore the legs off a billiard table. Nothing you couldn’t learn flicking through a 20 yo copy of NatGeo at a dentists office.”
That’s one of my hobbies. No, not lowering billiard tables; leaving old National Geographics in dentist’s offices.

Jason Joice

I’m glad he was able to get out and take this trip, even if it was on “our” dime. Maybe this will jar him from his Matrix of models and he can discover what the rest of us are experiencing: reality.

I love that Martha flew up on her own private jet and Gavin thought that was cool… posers.

dp

kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:
July 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hey cool, that’s one of those experimental CAGW survival vehicles!

They’ve been using them for years to drive tourons up onto the disappearing glaciers along the Icefields Parkway in BC. I was lucky enough to snap this picture of a receding glacier and my Harley before the entire icefield disappeared:
http://thevirtualbarandgrill.com/albums/rtts2000/aav.jpg
zoom in here to see them at work on yet another fast fading relic of the LIA.
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=52.212551,-117.232876&spn=0.065003,0.184879&t=h&z=13
/sarc

@Doug Proctor
Fascinating post, thanks.

Rattus Norvegicus

Jason Joice,
I would note that he was invited by Polar Bears International (and probably Martha Stewart, it is in the video) and so would assume that this is the entity (or entities) which paid for his trip. Not the taxpayer.
Also, the talk itself was quite good, well worth a look. I watched the whole thing and noted that the Q/A was quite good.

Huh?

Now that the Space Shuttle has reached its end, 3000 +/- NASA employees in Florida will join the unemployment roles in 10 days. Why can’t Hansen and Gavin join them too?

Polar bears are among the safest of all the big carnivores. Tigers now, they’re in trouble.

Rattus Norvegicus

Bob Johnston,
He thought the jet was cool, compared to the puddle jumper he flew in on. You should also note that he was rather dismissive of dear old Martha, didn’t seem to like her too much.