Newspapers Mislead Public About Polar Bear Numbers

Press release from the GWPF:

“The main story of new study is the remarkable recovery of Arctic polar bear population”

Earlier this week, the Guardian newspaper ran a headline claiming that the ‘polar bear population in frozen sea north of Alaska falls 40% in 10 years’ – a claim repeated today by the AFP news agency.

Dr Susan Crockford, a Canadian zoologist and professor with more than 35 years experience, has been highly critical of these stories, claiming that they are misleading the public.

A study by US Geological Survey researchers and scientists did find that polar bear survival rates were particularly low from 2004 to 2006. However, the study also found that polar bear populations in the area had largely recovered by 2010.

Indeed, the US Fish & Wildlife Service reported earlier this year that “the number of polar bears observed in 2012 was high relative to similar surveys conducted over the past decade.”

Furthermore, some newspaper columns attributed the low survival rates in 2004- 2006 to thinning ice despite an acknowledgement by the authors that the population decline happened in thick spring ice conditions. In fact, the recovery in polar bear numbers from 2007 onwards occurred when summer sea ice was remarkably low, according to Dr Crockford.

Responding to the claims in the media, Dr Crockford said:
“The main story of this study is the remarkable recovery of the polar bear population by 2010 which has likely continued since then. To suggest that polar bear populations have been declining is hugely misleading.
“The authors have also acknowledged that the cause of the 2004-2006 decline was heavy spring ice conditions. They found no correlation for the decline with summer sea ice conditions.”

121 thoughts on “Newspapers Mislead Public About Polar Bear Numbers

      • The Guardian, Rag for the Left ?
        The same story was swallowed whole by the Seattle Times, and broadcast in print to its dozens of subscribers.

      • I saw the headline of the article in the Los Angeles Times ” Polar Bear population declines 40%” and I never read the article because it immediately set off my B.S. meter. Just as words and phrases such as robust, unprecedented, worse than we thought, highest evah, lowest evah, the end is nigh and we need moar money do.

      • What a pity the Guardian always want to put a negative slant on every positive story. They ignore the researchers’ comment that ‘although numbers were particularly low from 2004 to 2006, polar bears in the area had largely recovered by 2010’.. We have no records of the numbers of Polar Bears in the Arctic historically, or the state of the population since 2010, which we are told is likely to have continued to recover since then, but once again the doom mongers at this rag have to paint the worst possible image on research findings which are generally positive. No wonder their circulation is plummeting.

    • “All the print that fits — that’s news!”
      “All the news we print gives you fits”
      “All the news that fits our bias, we print”

      I realize this is the motto for the New York Times, not the New Zealand Herald, but hey in this modern age of globalization, schlock journalism is everywhere.

      • The motto:
        “All the news that’s fit to print.”

        The reality:
        “All the news that fits we print.”

      • The Polar bear population in New Zealand is actually quite stable and they are doing well. And they do extremely well without any ice at all.

        So I don’t know why the NZ Herald would be upset and printing such non stories.

        I just read one version of the story of the 40% decline in the arctic, and they ended up telling us how successful the bears now are in killing seals, as they are finding seal kills all over the place.

        Make up your minds; are they starving or not ??

  1. Scientist: report confirms we are on ‘wrong path’ on greenhouse gases

    Wait, is the scientist actually acknowledging that blaming greenhouse gases for fluctuations in polar bear population is a total red herring?

    I know… I’m a dreamer.

  2. Polar bears eat people if they can. The only good one is a … sleeping one. (Had you going!)

    Don’t Polar Bear populations fluctuate, up and down, naturally, like so many wild species? “Self regulation.”

    • What’s especially irritating about that photo is that it leads one to think that Polars bears are innocent, gentle, and cuddly. Perhaps stuffed Polar bears are, but the real thing is none of that. A year or two
      ago a woman at a zoo found that out the hard way.

      When will these fools ever learn (I’m not talking about the fellow holding the cubs, I’m talking about the
      idiots distributing the picture out of context). Have to wonder where the mother of those cubs is…

      • He’s probably spreading some disease to the poor cubs and wondering why their numbers change. Remember the Chitrid virus on researchers’ boots and tyres?

      • Exactly. However, I do wonder if they had to wash the blood off the cubs’ fur before the photo op. It’s quite possible that fellow holding up the cubs is tailoring the shot to the story of how these cute, innocent polar bears need saving.

      • Cute and Cuddly wins every time.
        Ask the codfish, who lost whole heartedly to the seals.
        They shouldn’t be decreasing quotas on cod, they should be increasing quotas on seals…
        BUT…the seals are cute and cuddly.

      • There used to be a stuffed polar bear in the airport at Anchorage and it didn’t look cuddly at all. It was on its hind legs and looked like an eight foot tall ferret.

    • I know that mountain lion populations in California do fluctuate widely from season to season. They self regulate their reproduction according to the food supply (deer)

      I read an article by a Mountain lion expert, who was commenting on the need to renew ML hunting in California, because of increasing human encounters, so the numbers needed to be reduced.

      Poppycock said the expert; they self regulate their numbers, and if you REALLY wanted to reduce the ML numbers, to get fewer human encounters, you would have to, IN ONE HUNTING SEASON, kill 75% of the entire California population of mountain lions. He said nobody would tolerate approving such a plan, and any less of a kill would never be noticed after a couple of years. And he said, all of the State’s ML hunters couldn’t even find 75% of them to kill in one season.

      I’m with the MLs. We could use some in NZ to control the deer. (too risky for the birds.)

      They could put up some signs pointing the polar bears to those vast walrus haul-outs, and solve both problems at once. Walrus don’t eat humans; they are too skinny (even in obese California.)

      • IN ONE HUNTING SEASON, kill 75% of the entire California population of mountain lions.

        ============

        What about: IN ONE HUNTING SEASON, kill 75% of the entire California population of voters. lol

    • Re LRshultis
      November 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm
      The mother is likely, the possibly drugged, fury thing the cubs are leaning against.

      The drugged mother is furry. When she wakes up, she will be in a fury.

  3. Don’t let facts get in the way of idiotic alarmism. Just like SLATE is saying the recent lake effect in BUF is because of global warming. I’m losing my mind over these idiots.

    • Maybe in high sea ice conditions, the PBs have to travel further to the edge of the ice to feed, and because of the sea ice surface area, food is further apart.

      Imagine a PBs delight if the seals etc came to him/her, because there was less sea ice. :-)

  4. hottest decade…..LOL

    It hard for seals and bears to make holes in thick ice…….they move somewhere else you morons!

    • I don’t know about variety of views, maybe the news portion. Even in “straight news” what is covered and not covered makes all news outlets biased in one way or another.

      As far as views, it is rare to see a article in the opinon section that has a rational argument, usually it is blatant emotional pandering to the left. I guess there are decent careers in emotional pandering now a days.

      • Yes, other than it’s ridiculous support for regressive green energy at the expense of poor fuel bill payers… The Guardian’s great.
        (In my opinion).

      • Actually, since the BBC seems to take most of its reports from the Guardian, I am not sure that the Guardian is more pro-left than the BBC. But “pro-left” might not be the correct description since both are pro-Hamas and pro-Moslem Brotherhood, neither of which are exactly on the left. Unless, of course, one accepts the thesis that fascism exists on the left as well as on the right.

    • Before I left school, I read several newspapers, for a month or such. As son as I left school, I discarded the ‘Grauniad’ [a Private Eye usage, based solely on the number of typos in the old Guardian].

      Sorry – not my scene – though in the Noughties, it was the Social Workers journal of choice for job ads.
      No, I’m not a social worker . . . . . . . . . . .

      Auto

  5. “However, the study also found that polar bear populations in the area had largely recovered by 2010.”

    No it didn’t. The study actually says

    “For reasons that are not clear, survival of adults and cubs began to improve in 2007 and abundance was comparatively stable from 2008 to 2010 … However, survival of subadult bears declined throughout the entire period”

    Doesn’t say a recover just that it stopped declining. GWPF’s main story from this study is wrong.

    • Well, actually, from the previous WUWT article, here:
      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/11/18/study-beaufort-sea-polar-bears-largely-recovered-from-a-2004-2006-decline/
      we learn that it isn’t the “Arctic Polar Bears”, it is the “Beaufort Sea Polar Bears”.

      And, from this thread we get:
      “Indeed, the US Fish & Wildlife Service reported earlier this year that “the number of polar bears observed in 2012 was high relative to similar surveys conducted over the past decade.”
      Which certainly does state that in 2012 the number of bears was “high relative to similar surveys over the past decade.”

      GWPF seems to be reacting to the New Zealand’s main story which is very misleading.

    • The report says a lot of things.

      The decline they claim is over 3 years and is 25% to 50%. A study of three years in one region does not lead to an over generalized statement of Polar Bear population. It is just data, some research, and not that robust since the range is so large (25% to 50%). Population studies in one region in one period of time, could only lead to conclusions if there is specific identifiable conditions in that region which can be isolated and tied to the health of the population. There is none of this in the study and in fact the authors, showing integrity state, “many factors involved in the decline are difficult to unravel”, “For reasons that are not clear, survival of adults and cubs began to improve in 2007 and abundance was comparatively stable from 2008 to 2010” and “…our findings suggest that factors other than sea ice can influence survival.”

      Actually even though their writing sometimes has a slant of subservience to the global warming establishment, their report actually includes zip, zero, nada in terms of GW affecting polar bears. This has not prevented the media from pandering to global warming enthusiasts.

      • Its like the moose population in my back yard sometimes declines by 100% for some unknown reason (OK either it is CAGW or they go next door) and then just as mysteriously increases by something divided by 0.

    • @James:

      OK, so it was no full recovery but why did the newspapers leave out this important message of the study:

      >>Improved survival and stability in abundance at the end of the investigation are cause for cautious optimism.<>Extensive ice rubble and rafted floes during winter and spring are thought to have led to past declines in polar bear productivity in the SBS (Stirling et al. 1976, Amstrup et al. 1986, Stirling 2002), as well as during our investigation (Stirling et al. 2008). [discussed here and here]<>Despite the known importance of sea ice, measures of ice availability did not fully explain short-term demographic patterns in our data, suggesting that other aspects of the ecosystem contribute importantly to the regulation of population dynamics.<<

      Thus, they have to admit – disguised in rather misleading phrases of course – that their main hypothesis "Thin summer ice does kill polar bears" can't explain their findings at all. Is it not remarkable that the start of the population stabilization begins with the year 2007 when the summer ice was especially weak???

    • James,
      find out what is more important to polar bears. Spring sea ice or September sea ice?

      Does thicker spring ice cause problems for polar bears?

      This is your homework for tonight.

  6. The New Zealand Herald is losing readers due to it’s Leftist slant and it’s ridiculous alarmism over climate. I was a regular reader once, but have not bought a copy for years. I occasionally flick through it’s Sport section online, but never bother reading other articles in it.

    • Alex, yeah I read the same NZ Herald article. Having read earlier posts on this paper I was pretty gob smacked at how the article blatantly connected the bear numbers to AGW. I have recently read numerous obvious misquotes and scare statements about AGW in the Herald.

      I’ve tried writing to the Herald to address their errors. They never reply let alone retract. What really concerns me is that the Herald seems to have taken the NY Times position on ‘climate denial’ and does not acknowledge any correspondence or stories which don’t follow their political narrative. They just wont admit it. After a while it feels a bit like arguing with a door handle.

      • I once wrote a letter to the NZ Herald about a search for Lord Robert Baden Powell’s battle flag, that flew over the town of Mafeking on weekdays during the siege in the Boer war. On Sundays, it was replaced by a much larger Union Jack but the Boers didn’t fight on Sundays, so they didn’t shoot at the flag from outside the town.
        The Sunday flag survives, and for years was flown over Boy Scout Jamboree gatherings. It’s probably in the museum.

        But the week day battle flag disappeared off the face of the earth.

        Well it didn’t actually. I grew up with that flag, during nine years of my life, and it was still in the same place in 1976 and probably up to 1989. Haven’t been able to trace it from there.

        Some NZ Army chap “acquired it” in the manner that soldiers get stuff, since he and a bunch of Kiwi folks were among the garrison in Mafeking during the siege.

        NZ Herald were not interested in tracing what would be the real Boy Scout flag.

        A lady friend from UofA traced it to around 1989, and talked to a woman who new for sure positive, that it was in the same place in 1976.

        Herald told me to put an ad in their classified section.

        A New Zealand Ensign from the siege, IS in the army museum; izzat in Waiouru ??

        Nutz to the NZ bird cage rag.

      • PS The flag had a few bullet holes in it with burned edges , but was otherwise in pretty good shape. I last saw it around 1950.

      • I’m glad it’s not only me that gets that treatment from the NZ Herald. I seem to have read some time ago that Fairfax has some vested interest if the CAGW – investment in wind / solar maybe? There must be some reason they continue to print the tripe written by / for Zena the Warrior Princess – who should have been jailed after being involved in an illegal protest against oil drilling.

    • It’s the news media market, it is competitive, papers are willing to lose moderate readers in order to lock in a certain demographic, since they need to establish a core market share.

      News is entertainment.
      News is raings.
      News is clicks.
      News is business.

      • A least in the USA (I know; does not apply to the Guardian), “news” is a constitutionally protected activity, with the implied obligation of accuracy & fairness.

  7. The obsessive drumbeat in the media about climate is drowning out everything else. In the Google News science section low quality trash about climate like this pathetic mistaken diatribe about polar bears from the Guardian routinely push all the other interesting science news off the front page. Has some climate concern troll working for google assigned climate stories an extra high page rank in their algorithm? Why do I always have to scroll past a page or so of low quality silly noises about climate to get to the real stories about science.

    • Climate generates strong opinions on both sides of the debate. That means comments. That means clicks. That means advertising revenue.

      Everyone wants to know about the latest pictures of deep space but no-one has anything to say except “nice”.

    • Ian, the answer to the search list question is ‘yes’. I believe the number of people hired for that specific purpose and other climate filtering/ranking activities is 22.

      I challenged a senior Google programmer on this point and he flatly denied that there was anything like that taking place, but looked more worried about the question than confident that it was not taking place. I think he had no idea.

      It may interest you to know that Google ‘tunes’ the list you get based on your device type and cost, your location and of course search history which is continuously tracked. You may be getting a list of “lessons” on top of the real search result because you search for and jump to items with contents that are ‘off message’.

      I believe you can get an unfiltered search at http://www.duckduckgo.com

  8. The Green mantra is “never let the truth get in the way of a ‘good’ (read it is worse than we thought) story”.

  9. Note how the NZ Herald truncates the media release to deliberately distort the context of the full story. They’ve changed the entire context in one fell swoop. It’s lying by omission, knowing full-well the headline is all that counts.

  10. I sent this post to The (Glasgow) Herald and asked them if they were allowed to correct stories in “the competition”.
    I’m not holding my breath for a reply or indeed any reaction of any kind.

  11. The real issue here is we should say thank you to Susan Crockford. She has consistently been correcting disinformation from warmists – well played.

    • Truth has no value in the propaganda war against CO2. Only the desired manipulation of the public sentiment counts. That is quite disgusting but the simple reality of our time. Reminds me very much of political propaganda from the old Soviet Union before 1989…

      Even official schoolbooks which are approved by German education authorities lie totally shamelessly! Today I discovered in a German science schoolbook the statement that CO2 is “the most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere” in spite of the fact that every author of scientific school books must know the truth of water vapor being the most important greenhouse gas. But obviously this simple truth is not allowed in order to reach the requested indoctrination target for the pupils… :-(

  12. My comment:
    November 19, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I have a challenge for you all: If anyone here thinks they can get past the NZ Herald ‘Denier Gatekeeper’ please feel free to have a crack at http://dynamic.nzherald.co.nz/feedback/index.cfm?form=newsdesk

    You also might want to ask them about their article August 20th (see I wrote it backwards for the US readers)about Dr Gordon McBean, ‘Nobel laureate’ and his strange ideas about Antarctic sea ice extent.

    There aren’t many of us sceptical observers down here in lil’ ol’ NZ and we could use a little help from our bigger mates…

  13. Unfortunately more and more newspapers are relying on news items they receive and print without actually verifying any of the details or facts (if the stories contain any in the first place). There is no investifative journalism as there are no staff nor is there any money for investigation. This is the same for most “news” shows on TV. Unless the story is local and they can send an actual crew on-site, they use the news items verbatim. So when I hear anything pertaining to the doom and gloom predictions I shut off.

  14. The story has been in most Danish papers as well. Coming out of Ritzau actually. The Danish papers seem to copy these occational warmist stories from Ritzau without any fact checking at all. Journalism at its best. /sarc And, of course, the articles are published without any options for commenting at all.

  15. It appears that the ‘count’ was not an actual head count but the output of a model:

    From the abstract:

    “We present a new strategy for searching the space of a candidate set of Cormack-Jolly-Seber models and explore its performance relative to existing strategies using computer simulation. The new strategy provides an improved assessment of the importance of covariates and covariate combinations used to model survival and recapture probabilities, while requiring only a modest increase in the number of models on which inference is based in comparison to existing techniques.”

    Perhaps the researchers, instead of using models, could stand on the ice and count the bears as they pass. This method means we could count the number of researchers who do not return home and multiply by 2 or 3 to account for the cubs.

    • Well, you know it is very hard to actually count those bears because, well, they are white and the snow is white and they are just hard to see, you know. I mean, it is hard work and, well, isn’t that what computers are for, to make work less hard?

      • John, you just have to put a dot of red nail polish on the nose of each one you find and count. That way there’s no double counting and you can easily identify which bears have not been counted.

      • Actually they do colour-mark the bears’ fur. A friend of mine was up on Svalbard photographing polar bear last spring. Thirteen out of fourteen adult bears he saw were colour-marked.

      • tty,
        The beauty of the nail polish method is the accuracy of the count. Odds are, anyone who puts a dot of nail polish on a polar bear’s nose is going to get killed. All you have to do is count the number of people hired to count polar bears and Bob’s your Uncle. The only flaw is there may be a slight over-count when some of the polar bears double-dip on the census takers.

        If you’ll note, your friend has photo evidence that the stained-fur method isn’t 100% reliable.

        Best regards/H.R.

  16. Her’s the link to the abstract published in the ‘Ecological Society of America’:
    http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/14-1129.1
    The full article appears to be paywalled.

    “For reasons that are not clear, survival of adults and cubs began to improve in 2007 and abundance was comparatively stable from 2008 to 2010 with approximately 900 bears in 2010 (90% C.I. 606-1,212). However, survival of subadult bears declined throughout the entire period. Reduced spatial and temporal availability of sea ice is expected to increasingly force population dynamics of polar bears as the climate continues to warm. However, in the short term, our findings suggest that factors other than sea ice can influence survival.

    They expected reduced sea ice to ‘force population dynamics’ but their ‘short term’ findings suggested other factors than sea ice influence polar bear survival. Their expectations were not met because the data told them their hypothesis was false.

    From that, for reasons that are not clear, Dr Steven Amstrup, chief scientist at Polar Bears International, concludes in the Guardian article “In 2007, my colleagues and I predicted we could lose polar bears from the southern Beaufort Sea by the middle of this century if we didn’t get on to a different greenhouse gas emissions path,” “This report confirms we still are on the wrong path.”

    The sad part of this is the data confirms Amstrup’s statement “This report confirms we still are on the wrong path.” but he can’t accept the implications the data presents and change his belief system to reflect reality. He is the one on the wrong path. but persists in the ‘green house gases are melting the polar ice caps and killing off the polar bears’ meme.

    • And in another alarmist rendition of this from yesterday via Seth Borenstein

      http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=103005RZAS18

      Mark Serreze talked about declines in summer sea ice for 2007 and 2012, and added:

      “There is definitely a relationship here between what’s happening to the bears and what’s happening to the ice,” said Serreze, who wasn’t part of the study.”

      Taken out of context, that statement is technically correct – the bears starved because of sea ice getting thick in the spring.

      But the implication, from his prior remarks, is that the summer sea ice decline was to blame, which is not at all what the study found – it found no correlation between the decline and summer sea ice conditions.

      Did he just make something up because he didn’t read the paper – or is he lying?

      These are tricksters, accomplished at manipulating the press.

      Susan Crockford, PolarBearScience
      PS Mac, if you want a copy of the paper contact me at my blog and I’ll send it to you.

    • Wow… those critters ARE cute! …Just like Koalas and Pandas!
      Honey, maybe we could adopt one from a rescue somewhere…

  17. You need to understand that there is very big difference between ‘effective ‘ and honest , and in climate ‘science’ its effective which really matters with honest hardly getting a look in. So its no surprise to find its camp followers use the same approch , and their more than smart enough to know that by the time the truth has come out the story has moved on and no one is listening any more .
    To be fair one area where climate ‘science’ is leading in , is the science by press release one that has proved to be a very effective way of getting the grant money flowing in .

  18. This is what happens when scientists and media types try to become marketers. They think people in sales are liars so they become liars as well.

  19. ???

    18 Nov: UK Independent: Lewis Smith:Years of marine research sunk – because seals ate the evidence
    In fact, the quick-learning seals have become so adept at picking up the signals, and realising they meant food was around, that academics fear their attempts to study the movement and behaviour of the tagged fish could have been skewed to a “profound” extent, ruining their findings…
    Acoustic tags are increasingly being used by researchers to monitor shark populations. But there is a risk, at least for the smaller species and the young fish, of the subjects becoming “more detectable by prey species such as seals”, said Amanda Stansbury, of the University of St Andrews. She added that experiments in conjunction with the University of Cumbria had provided “concrete evidence” of the so-called dinner-bell effect…
    “Research agencies worldwide invest significant resources in acoustic tagging studies to assess fish stocks and determine survival rates.
    “As acoustic tags could make a fish more vulnerable to predation, tagging can lead to erroneous conclusions in such studies.”..
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/years-of-marine-research-sunk–because-seals-ate-the-evidence-9868995.html

  20. Good news on the polar bear front … just keep them bears up there in the far north of Canada … we’ve got our hands full here in Buffalo …

    Seeing what some of my neighbors got makes me feel good about the two feet I got … first time I can think of getting “only” two feet of snow as being lucky.

  21. One of our Canadian national TV networks also gave half the story. They said the populations declined but conveniently failed to note that they had recovered after 2007.

  22. I notice there aren’t any screaming headlines in the major US media outlets. Probably bad form to try to sell global warming when so many people are digging out from record snow or freezing in unusual cold….

  23. I’m finding that news, accuracy, and truth don’t seem to go together today. I do miss the days of the 1960s and 1970s reporting when reporters tried to tell both sides of a story and tried to be honest.

  24. What is a reasonable estimate of the polar bear population these days? Is it still around 25,000? I’ve seen estimates from Norway (albeit somewhat dated, say to the 90s) of 42,000. Anyone have a number or a range?

  25. Thin ice, seals can break through to be able to breathe. Polar bears can track seals and wait at holes, then eat them. Bears do well.

    Ice thick, seals have difficulty in breaking through, prefer to breathe, so move away – polar bears cannot get to them, so get less food, or have to subsist on unwary scientists looking for bears or seals. Unwary scientists are all eaten Bears do not do well. sarc.

    • Well, who could argue that if the scientist never returns with a count that that count isn’t zero?

      I can’t recall the show, (Smithsonian? Discovery?), examining mother polar bears with their cubs emerging from their dens in the spring and describing that the mother’s fat reserves right then are critically low because the cubs have been nursing for several weeks in the den. The mother has to leave the den and head for the ocean to find food.

      The colder the conditions, the thicker the ice, the WORSE her situation becomes. Not only does she have further to go – her cubs have to make it as well. All the while they have to keep nursing thus depleting her fat reserves even faster on top of the energy she herself expends to make the trip.

      Who in their right mind concludes that more ice is better for their survival? Just as you imply, FOOD is the important factor and it is in the WATER – not on the ice. All ice = no food = dead polar bears.

  26. I have seen three instances recently where researchers have been responsible for the decline animal populations. Two different incidents involving king penguins where tracking tags have caused deaths due to exposure and predation and where rare frogs that have been made extinct due to a lethal fungus spread by researchers. It would be interesting to know whether researchers have caused some of the previous decline in the polar bear population?

    • Yes, I have always thought that shooting tranquilizers into wild animals and then manhandling them to attach electronic tags, plus having that unnatural device permanently affixed to one’s body (like teenagers with cell phones) would have to skew the data somewhat. Who knows what part it all plays in an animal’s ability to hunt game or avoid predators? Unlike CO2, it just ain’t natural!

  27. Hey – it is the NEW ZEALAND Herald. Not too much institutional knowledge about Polar Bears there, or indeed bears of any kind (other than teddy). Their coverage of penguins on the other hand is probably excellent. I bet they cover penguins like seals.

  28. In fairness to the Polar Bear Community I demand that Coca-Cola stop using their image to advertise Coke products.

  29. Someone who has not read on the Arctic and polar bears would be mislead by this.

    New Zealand Herald
    Polar bears lose about 40pc of their population in the Arctic

    Polar bears in the Arctic suffered sharp declines in the first decade of this century, losing about 40 per cent of their population, according to US and Canadian scientists.

    They go onto mention polar bear numbers in the southern Beaufort Sea. The headline is misleading and wrong as is the first sentence.

  30. “Chip Javert

    November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    A least in the USA (I know; does not apply to the Guardian), “news” is a constitutionally protected activity, with the implied obligation of accuracy & fairness

    (Bold mine).

    Uh, evidentially the majority of the US Main Stream Media has not gotten that memo.

    /cynic

  31. Press release from the GWPF:

    “The main story of new study is the remarkable recovery of Arctic polar bear population”

    Earlier this week, the Guardian newspaper ran a headline claiming that the ‘polar bear population in frozen sea north of Alaska falls 40% in 10 years’ – a claim repeated today by the AFP news agency.

    GWPF does well to expose the chthonic editors who aid in the gross exaggeration at the Guardian.

    It seems that the polar bear icon, chosen by PR teams for the crusade for the climate change cause, was a strategic mistake. Their cause is in need of intelligence on the PR teams.

    John

  32. Only a nitwit would think polar bear, or any top predator population, remains constant. Even high school biology teaches the cyclic nature of predator – prey systems.

  33. To suggest that polar bear populations have been declining is hugely misleading.

    No no no! It is not hugely misleading. It is a blatant and purposeful lie. It is put out there purely for climate change propaganda purposes.

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