Fake Polar Bear Scare Unmasked: The Saga of a Toppled Global Warming Icon

In spite of claims that polar bear populations are facing pressure from loss of Arctic summer sea ice, their numbers have in fact grown. Video follows.

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Guest essay by Dr. Susan Crockford

For more than ten years, we’ve endured the shrill media headlines, the hyperbole from conservation organizations, and the simplistic platitudes from scientists as summer sea ice declined dramatically while polar bear numbers rose.

Now, just in time for International Polar Bear Day, there’s a video that deconstructs the scare. It runs about 8 minutes, written and narrated by me, produced by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

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134 thoughts on “Fake Polar Bear Scare Unmasked: The Saga of a Toppled Global Warming Icon

  1. Excellent video with a lot of good data. Would like to have seen a two or three paragraph synopsis with a few charts, thought, for us ADD readers.

    • For ADD readers pictures are best

      In the picture above they are actually clearing the KELP off the wreck of Franklin’s ship the HMS Erebus. Arctic waters are very nutrient rich and sunlight poor. Less sea ice means a more robust food chain where plankton feeds shellfish which feed seals which feeds polar bears.

      The 100% ice cover during summer and winter that the Global Warmists pray for would instead result in the extinction of pretty much everything. You won’t read that anywhere.

      • 2 corrections…

        1) You will read that here at WUWT
        2) Warmists actually pray for the ice to melt so that their careers and cash flows can continue

    • There has been lots of work on polar bear feeding habits. I have known some of the people studying polar bears and they are wonderful people and competent researchers. They can tell you things about polar bears that you never thought to ask.

      When faced with the question of what happened to polar bears during the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), the best the researchers can do is to deny that it happened.

      Everyone, no matter how competent, can suffer from cognitive biases and blind spots. Experts tend to believe other experts. When a Nobel Prize* winning expert like Dr. Michael Mann tells them that the MWP didn’t exist, they will believe him. Thus, they don’t have to worry about what did happen during the MWP when there was less summer sea ice. If they faced that question they would save themselves embarrassment.

      *[sarc]

      • what happened to polar bears during
        ===========
        what about the Holocene optimum when the arctic was pretty much ice free for 4 thousand years? why didn’t the polar bears go extinct then?

    • Trouble is, the average Dude on the Train doesn’t spend time “researching” (or indeed, reading) anything, they just believe whatever the “news” feed on Facebook or whatever tells them. The “cat ladies” believe anything the WWF or Greenpeace magazines say (Send us money or these animals will DIE!) It would be hilarious if it weren’t so pathetic. When I say “carbon” is not a problem in need of solving, most “nice” people still look at me like I’ve got three heads.

  2. Is it possible to ever recover from fake polar bear news if the official all clear signal is not given by Facebook and HuffPo? This will be a good test of media power?

    • Thanks! However, not everyone is a reader and this video may reach an audience that a science-based thriller of a novel or a non-fiction book will not.

      That said, there is something about a solid volume you can hold in your hand, pull off the shelf to share with others, lend to your friends and relatives, or look up a reference.

      Sometimes, you need the easy-to-read format with all the references.

      “Polar Bears: Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change” has that, along with a 2 page, bullet-point summary and short (2 page) conclusions.

      And need I point out that the royalties do help a little to offset all the time I put into trying to keep this field from being swamped by hype.

      Susan

  3. An excellent video. Unfortunately you’ll never get a corrupt organisation like Greenpeace to change its ways. There are too many high salaries at stake and too many useful idiots to keep on side.

    • Phillip,

      The point is not to get Greenpeace (or WWF, or Polar Bears International) to change their ways.

      The aim is to inform those who simply have not heard that polar bear numbers are up, even though the summer sea ice in 2007 reached what the experts said would be devastating levels – and stayed there.

      Since 2007, polar bears have been living through their dire sea ice future but they thrived.

      Model busted, assumptions busted, confidence in polar bear experts busted.

      Time to re-examine the ESA listing with an independent team from a range of disciplines, based on the models and predictions that got them put on the list in the first place.

      Dr. Susan Crockford, zoologist

      • Susan,

        I agree with you entirely, but how do you get the information out to the general public? The MSM won’t give this any coverage. The so-called BBC will ignore it and continue to tell the public that the Arctic will soon be ice-free and the polar bears will then be gone. The GWPF has an outstanding list of expert advisers and trustees and produces some excellent articles and videos, but none of its output reaches the general public.

        Dr Phillip Bratby, retired physicist

      • Phillip,
        Actually, in 2015 a number of MSM outlets (in the UK anyway) picked up my Polar Bear Day essay “Twenty Good Reasons Not to Worry About Polar Bears” – even the BBC gave it a mention on their 6am news. I

        t got so much attention, in fact, that the UK’s rapid response team at Carbon Brief was called into action.

        http://polarbearscience.com/2015/03/13/polarbearscience-has-been-carbon-briefed-success-at-last/

        So the word does get out eventually; its just hard to know what exactly will attract their attention.

        And FYI, nothing to do with the above, but here in Victoria it has been **snowing like crazy** for more than an hour.

        Environment Canada says to expect 2 cm at the airport: the record greatest snowfall for 27 February (1941-2013) was 3.0 cm in 1976. At this rate, we may beat the record.

        Last year, it was truly spring in late January. Go figure.

      • “Time to re-examine the ESA listing with an independent team from a range of disciplines”

        The expression “draining the swamp” comes to mind. As it does for many areas of climate “science”.

      • And FYI, nothing to do with the above, but here in Victoria it has been **snowing like crazy** for more than an hour.

        Environment Canada says to expect 2 cm at the airport: the record greatest snowfall for 27 February (1941-2013) was 3.0 cm in 1976. At this rate, we may beat the record.

        With respect. That’s hardly “snowing like crazy” ;)

        I’m a little south and east of you on Whidbey island (assuming you mean Victoria, BC), and an inch (2.5cm) is nothing. Maybe you meant 20cm?

      • Susan, Having lived in Victoria during that 1976 winter I suggest you stay of the roads until it is melted. No one there has a clue how to drive on a snowflake for pete’ sake ( I worked on ski hills for 3 years and lived in Victoria for one year and fled back the the OK Valley as soon as I could! ( The constant wind was another factor but it is a beautiful city none the less).

  4. Thank you for keeping it real Dr Crockford. Some theories die hard even with mounting proof against them when politics take precedence over science. We still have useful idiots parading around in polar bear suits to decry CAGW and they aren’t being questioned.

    • It’s how the kale-gulping Earnestly Concerned social climbers virtue-signal their “arrival” at Upper Middle Middling–the Prius with the Snowflake U. sticker in the back window, right next to the WWF sticker and the one that says “Coexist” in symbols.

      • It will be difficult for the green blob to give up their major sources of donations: the three “P’s” – polar bears, penguins and pandas. It has worked for decades.

      • What about whales? I remember “save the whales” was the warcry of every greenie, back in the early 80’s at least.

        It has made some brief resurgences which have piqued public interest, but mostly I think that it was the fun of watching million-dollar, carbon-fibre, greenie-boats getting pulverised by steel, Japanese, whaling ships.

        Everyone likes a little carnage.

      • Unfortunately, due to Trump Derangement Syndrome, the Left are getting carpal tunnel writing checks to the Green Blob dot-orgs. right now. The ones with money, that is, that aren’t pajama boys and trigglypuffs living in Mummy’s basement.

  5. Meanwhile Antarctic sea ice at a record low and Arctic sea ice at record low for this time of year. Not been much mention of that here.

    • Have look on the sea ice pages under references you can see the menu at the top of ever page. Nothing hidden here. Make sure you have your eyes open when reading

    • The polar bears are sleeping now, y’see. And please watch the video, then you’ll learn that most seal hunting is in spring / early summer, not at the time of minimum sea ice in early September.

    • Simon,
      It does depend on what data set you are looking at, so it helps to be specific.

      I posted a tweet earlier this morning showing that NSIDC’s interactive graph is showing 2017 and 2006 on 26 Feb (latest available) are pretty much the same. Polar bear number did not decline due to sea ice changes in 2006.

      A little less ice than average at this time of year has no effect on polar bear health or survival.

      However, too much thick ice close to shore can be devastating – as it was in the Southern Beaufort the springs of 1974-1976 and again in 2004-2006, when the population size dropped by about 50%.

      Too much at this time of year at the local level (too thick, too compacted with few open leads) is a problem because it reduces breathing area for ringed and bearded seals – so they go off somewhere else to have their pups and leave polar bears with little to eat.

      This phenomenon is well-documented in the literature and I’ve written about it often.

      • Thank you Dr. Crockford – In comments under several earlier WUWT articles, I’ve alluded to the idea that since ice does not support photosynthesis, Polar Bears must find their food sources at the edge of the ice.

        Since Polar Bears have been exhaling CO2 over the winter months, they’ve lost body mass and need to replenish this lost carbon. Ice does not support a source for this carbon. Bears leverage the extraction of carbon from atmospheric CO2 by phytoplankton which then is consumed up the food chain to the seals.

        Carbon Dioxide is the base of the Polar Bear’s food chain (same for all carbon based life forms).

        Polar Bears consume seals
        seals consume fish
        fish consume phytoplankton
        phytoplankton consume CO2

        More CO2 helps Polar Bears. All of the carbon in all Polar Bears was extracted from atmospheric Carbon Dioxide.

      • I watched the live webcam from Churchill, MB this morning, and saw an adult and a cub walking around and eating.

    • Antarctic sea ice hardly exists. Arctic sea ice is almost solely a function of winds. The earth turns beneath the ice and bumps it along out between Greenland and Europe, and Greenland/Newfoundland. Good winds mean there is very little ice. Everything but seals do better then. Bears do much better because there’s nowhere for seals to hide.

      There were multiple instances of people bringing submarines to the surface right under the North Pole in the late 50s early 60s.

      You’ve only been studying the arctic 20 years. I’ve been studying it 50. You simply don’t have the first clue about what a healthy arctic ecosystem looks like.

      Here’s a hint: warm. Yeah that’s why this is considered an AVERAGE optimum period in earth history.

      Because IT ISN’T WARMER.

      There’s nothing unusual about either poles’ ice conditions.

      • I have seen the pictures of subs surfacing in late winter at the North Pole from 50 years ago. Did the heat rejected from the subs condensing steam help melt the ice?

    • It really is sad the way the trolls can’t tell the difference between weather and climate.
      There’s always a big loss of ice after an El Nino.

      • Be a big boy and do your own research Simon, instead of demanding it from the grownups (and then ignoring it).

      • “Be a big boy and do your own research Simon, instead of demanding it from the grownups (and then ignoring it).”

        Ha ha, what a joke? I’m not the one making the fictional claim.

  6. Thank you Dr. Crockford. Our whole family enjoyed your latest book!! Highly recommended reading for all who find the Polar Bear a fascinating creature!!

  7. Polar bears do well when there’s no ice because the seals are forced to stay near shore and it’s a slaughter.
    More ice = better for seals = not as good for bears.

    Ice can multiply many times, the amount of space a bear has to cover to hunt the same seal.

    Seals must sleep. When they can spread out along the ice for miles and miles it’s INFINITELY harder to find them easily.

    On the other hand when there’s nothing but a gravel bar to park on – not so much.

    • E Mendes,

      I don’t know where you get information like this “Polar bears do well when there’s no ice because the seals are forced to stay near shore and it’s a slaughter.”

      A statement like that may seem logical to you but I’ve seen nothing at all in the extensive literature on seals or polar bears to indicate that it is true.

      Ringed seals especially do well with less ice because they do most of their feeding for the year during the open-water period: a longer ice-free period means they can feed longer and pack on more fat for the coming winter and more females are able to produce healthy pups the following spring. More seal pups in spring = more food on the ice for polar bears.

      Bearded and ringed seals give birth onshore in the Sea of Okhotsk but there are no polar bears there and as far as we know, there never has been.

      The seals that spend time on the ice during the summer are primarily adult bearded and harp seals. Those adult seals know to watch out for bears and also, the broken ice affords them many escape route. So a bear may stalk seals in summer but they are not likely to be successful very often. Some bears, of course, may learn how to do this well with a few practiced techniques but in general, most bears out on the ice during the summer eat few seals.

      • i love your work dr crockford . clear concise and to the point, you have that knack of being able to explain things in easy to understand terms to the layman without losing the important detail of the topic. keep up the good work.

      • Susan, “Bearded and ringed seals give birth onshore in the Sea of Okhotsk but there are no polar bears there and as far as we know, there never has been.”
        I guess those seals are smarter than we give them credit for.

      • Dr I don’t know what you are trying to say. You basically repeated what I said. When there’s less ice, it makes polar bears’ main food healthier and more well fed, therefore more plentiful,in the first place.

        With less surface area to haul out on and have young.

        It doesn’t get any simpler.

        There are more of them,
        and fewer places to hide.

        Particularly for the young which are legendarily unable to defend themselves, life without a lot of ice is short and ends violently with bears simply killing the young, eating the fat, and leaving the rest, as a way of life.

        When there are many ring seals on a small amount of ice the slaughter is substantial.

  8. The problem is getting the facts in front of people. As mentioned up thread the BBC wouldn’t touch facts like those Dr. Crockford presents here with a disinfected bargepole. I wonder if we can get Chris Booker at The Telegraph do do a piece on this and at least mock the BBC for their failure to report the facts if not shame them into some actual journalism for a change?

  9. Grrff!

    Griffy!

    Griff, we’re waiting to see if you attempt another kneecapping of Dr Crockford. And we’ve noticed you’ve recently added Dr Curry to your list of hits. Of course, since you post anonymously, we really have no idea about your qualifications (I mean other than you’re a weak troll).

    I know this is a personal question, but do you ever pick on anybody but women?

  10. Perhaps the hypothesis that life adapts should be explored? Not every species is a special snowflake but those with a belief in CAGW are most definitely of that class.

    • Nature’s joke is on us. When the “eye” of Hurricane Sandy came by, the wild turkeys and deer walked out of the woods and began foraging like nothing happened. My horses had a good roll and did the same. Meanwhile the radio is shrieking about “all of Manhattan flooded and without power up to 34th Street, disruption and chaos, oh the HUMANITY!!!” Now who’s smarter, the animals or us? I think we’ve now complicated our lives to the point where adaptation will be extremely costly. The Indians who once lived here would have shrugged, moved the wigwam uphill 15 feet, and gone and shot a deer for supper! ;-)

  11. How do mother-bears manage to den down over winter and nourish their cubs before and after birth adequately? Are the cubs a hindrance in the happy times of seal hunting in the spring?

    • That’s the explanation! Decreasing ice -> more scare stories -> more green tourism -> more unfortunate incidents -> well-fed bears. Given the number of scare stories, it’s a wonder the bear population isn’t higher

    • Joel

      Strange you should mention that. While reading about polar bears on the web, I found this gem:

      “Are polar bears aggressive?
      Unlike grizzly bears, polar bears are not territorial. Although stereotyped as being voraciously aggressive, they are normally cautious in confrontations, and often choose to escape rather than fight. Satiated polar bears rarely attack humans unless severely provoked.”

      I would have guessed polar bears rarely attack humans because most polar bears never see a human. However, I strongly concur greenies should test this polar bear behavior.

      • ‘Satiated polar bears rarely attack humans unless severely provoked.’

        Yep, That’s the money quote right there – ‘satiated’. Polar bears are the only true predators of the bruin clan and will quite readily hunt humans, even if they’ve never encountered them before.

        But if they’re ‘satiated’ – as in ‘full’ – there’s no need.

      • Joel

        Some preditors (lions) will kill – even if satiated – if taunted by what looks like prey. Yet another behavior greenies can test for…

  12. I understand that Polar bears evolved in the UK and the most recent skull was about twelve thousand years old. Might be of interest.

  13. Polar bears biggest danger is human crafted bullets . Over 30.000 polar bears after 500 per year are shot
    or otherwise killed by the most dangerous predator on earth …us .

  14. Facts of polar bear life which escape CACA adherents:

    1. The ice that matters to polies is landfast ice in the spring, on which mama ringed seals build their snow lairs in which to give birth to their pups and keep open their holes into the water below. Drift ice in the summer, not so much.

    2. Mama polies emerge from their winter dens with their cubs (technically the estivate rather than hibernate, a distinction with very little difference) in the spring. They are hungry and need seal pups to eat.

    3. Male polies spend the winter roaming the arctic wastes, eating whatever they can find, whether on land or ice. Ditto the summer, although more land and less ice.

    • The polie’s sense of smell is uncanny. She can scent a seal den a mile away.

      Until the advent of the high-powered rifle, polies were arguably the top Arctic predator, followed by griz and humans tied for third with wolves.

    • 4. Polar bear ranges are large, but one fit and active male polie could probably cover several sows, so loss of young males has little effect on polie populations.

  15. Today – feral hog crisis in Texas.

    Future – bear crises in multiple locales.

    Calling all hunters ….

  16. Here is another counterintuitive climate science theory. When the arctic ice all melts, seals will have to come ashore and polar bears will have a linear hunting ground instead of a two dimensional one. We may have to go out in the spring and club baby polar bears to death to save the seals.

  17. I have had redwinged blackbirds and common grackles and brownheaded cowbirds on my front steps since Friday, Feb. 24. 2017. Third year in a row they’re coming back early and looking for food. I have pictures. What else do you need to show that the angle of the sun is changing just slightly? Because that’s what they go by, not by ‘averages’ or ‘computer models’.
    Oh, sorry – I forgot that direct observation in a world of computer modeling doesn’t count for squat. My bad. Ten lashes with a limp strand of spaghetti.

    • My pal Chuck Darwin has a reason for that. For several years we had male bluebirds winter over at our home near Foxboro, MA. Called MA Audubon and asked them WTF that was about. Males pick and or create nesting sites, and females fall for the ones who have the best sites. Sometimes males will head north early to get a good site. Occasionally some will take a big gamble and winter over. We always kept our bird feeders full. That probably defined a good site area, and lessens their risk. We had three or four red robins here two weeks ago. They’re still OK, but it was 72 degrees here on Sunday.

  18. Some people might ask, “Why, then, would scientists report more sightings of cannibalism?”, … to which I might answer, “More sightings do not automatically mean more occurrences – this simply means that there are more observers rather than more occurrences.”

    Or some people might ask, “What about those starving polar bear sightings or those drowning polar bears?”, … to which I might answer, “What about all the starving human beings and drowning human beings? — these tragic things happen even amidst a population explosion, and focusing a camera on them does NOT mean that the starvings and the drownings overwhelm the population – it just means that somebody chooses to focus on THESE emotional events rather than the emotional events of births.

    If you are looking for starving or drowning polar bears, then you will find them, since you are not spending your time looking for new born bears or healthy bears. It’s an issue of observer focus, NOT an issue of dominant trends.

    People wanting to depict a tragic scenario will choose tragic images, at the expense of overlooking the greater picture.

    • Thanks asybot for posting that. I was scrolling down to see if anyone had mentioned that particular misinformed article, before I mentioned it myself.

      What a crock of cr@p! I read that article, plus an interview which is mentioned on the same page, and was appalled that in almost every paragraph the term “climate change” was referenced!

  19. Clearly there are 3 polar bear populations under pressure from the direct effects of declining sea ice:

    The Hudson Bay population – where bears need to wait for winter ice formation, which is later in recent years.
    You can look up the Polar Bear International reports chronicling the impacts here.

    The Svalbard population, where late arriving sea ice means that bears cannot reach traditional denning areas in recent years. There are also reports of bears in poor condition and eating unusual food sources.

    The Beaufort Sea population, where rapid and deep retreat of sea ice means some bears have elected to remain on shore, tied to whale carcasses left by native hunters.

    Most of the rest of the populations are little studied and we have only vague ideas of how many bears there are.

    The polar bear is uniquely tied to the sea ice and the seals that need it to breed.

    That ice is declining.

    There’s no way, sadly, they are OK and I thing it even sadder that people seem to want to prove otherwise for political, not scientific ends.

    This is not a report by a polar bear expert or anyone who really cares about the future of the arctic.

    • Griffikins,

      As your betters have repeatedly told you, polar bears aren’t tied to drift ice. Sow bears rely on ringed seal lairs on landfast ice in the spring. That’s it. The rest of the year they, like boar bears, hunt equally well on land or sea.

      Why do you refuse to learn from the world’s leading polar bear expert, Dr. Susan J. Crockford?

    • Griff,
      Polar Bears International is an advocacy organization: like WWF or Greenpeace, the “information” they provide is that which supports their cause. It is filtered information that tells the story they want to tell – it’s not data. For the data, one needs to read the literature.

      Your so-called “Hudson Bay population” is comprised of three subpopulations, all of which are currently stable.

      Numbers in Foxe Basin at 2009 were an increase over the previous count and are now considered stable, despite less ice in summer than in the 1980s.

      Numbers in Southern Hudson Bay – the most southerly subpopulation in the world – has been stable since the 1980s despite spending longer onshore in summer than they did in the 1980s.

      Numbers in Western Hudson Bay (which included Churchill bears) – which is probably what you are calling the “Hudson Bay population” have been stable since 2004.

      Furthermore, breakup and freezeup for WHB have been stable in recent years. Breakup and freezeup are always highly variable but the shift to about 3 weeks longer for the onshore period happened back in the early 2000s and has not changed since. I’ve checked the actual literature that reports this data, which is what any competent scientist has to do.

      As I said in the video, Svalbard bear numbers increased 42% between 2004 and 2015, despite the poor ice conditions. I don’t question the lack of ice around Svalbard and lack of denning there – but Norwegian scholars acknowledge that Franz Josef Land to the east (in Russia) is a viable denning alternative for Svalbard females in poor ice years and the increase in numbers was actually expected (I can give you the references if you like).

      As for Beaufort Sea bears, the last population count (conducted 2001-2010) included a period of known decline due to thick spring ice (2004-2006) which is documented in the literature. Any decline in numbers cannot legitimately be blamed on reduced summer sea ice *even if summer sea ice was reduced* – that’s a correlation, not a causation.

      All those Beaufort Sea bears you say are “tied to whale carcasses left by native hunters” are fat and healthy bears, judging from the pictures in recent years. Last summer, a fat sow with a litter of fat triplets was photographed: as triplets are very rarely seen outside Western Hudson Bay, some of these bears are clearly doing very well despite spending a few weeks more time onshore over the summer.

      In fact, the Chukchi Sea has had a larger decline in summer sea ice than Beaufort Sea bears, but recent studies show those bears have not suffered any impact to their reproductive or survival potential due to spending a month or so longer onshore and are in better shape than they were in the 1980s when there was more summer ice. Read the papers, Griff! Press releases are not peer reviewed.

      Sea ice conditions in spring – when polar bears do most of their feeding – has not changed much at all, allowing the bears to get as fat as they need to be to survive through the rest of the year. Even sea ice ‘experts’ don’t expect these spring conditions to change much over the next 35 years – that’s why the focus of all this PBI angst is over summer sea ice.

      Despite your lame regurgitation of PBI talking points and attempts to discount my qualifications, the data from recently studied subpopulations around the world support the conclusion that polar bears are thriving despite the dramatic loss of summer sea ice.

      *Any* unbiased scientist with more than 40 years of experience doing this kind of analysis on a variety of species could only conclude that summer sea ice is not essential habitat for polar bears and at present, polar bears are doing well and not threatened with extinction.

      Dr. Susan Crockford, zoologist

      • Correct! Dr. Crockford.
        Griff has not learned what Polar Bears International is.
        Are they the ones who banned a real scientist from a conference several year ago because he was going to give facts?

      • Well said. Unfortunately Dr. you didn’t source your information and data from The Guardian, like Griff does, so your expert analysis of the situation is very wrong.

        Do I need a /sarc off?

    • Again, the Grifter simply repeats the same propaganda that has just been debunked. Goebbles methodology is not complex – he just doesn’t have another button.

      And his phony maudlin sentiments are the sort of thing that promotes projectile vomiting.

  20. Back around 2002 or 2003, when the hand-wringing over polar bears really got going, I went on various environmental sites (like WWF) to see what their surveys were really saying. I came across papers like this one (https://portals.iucn.org/library/efiles/documents/ssc-op-026.pdf), which is still online. The interesting thing is their table 1. I’ve listed some of the fields from that table here:

    Table 1: Polar bear population status as determined by the Polar Bear
    Specialist Group in June 2001.  Uncertain trends are denoted by *.
    
    		
    Population		  Abundance Estimate	Status
    Arctic Basin			unknown		unknown
    Baffin Bay (BB)			2200		decreasing
    Barents Sea			2000-5000	unknown
    Chukchi Sea			2000+		stable*
    Davis Strait (DS)		1400		decreasing*
    East Greenland			2000		unknown
    Foxe Basin (FB)			2300		stable
    Gulf of Boothia (GB)		900		stable
    Kane Basin (KB)			200		stable
    Kara Sea			unknown		unknown
    Lancaster Sound (LS)		1700		stable
    Laptev Sea			800-1200	unknown
    M'Clintock Channel (MC)		350		stable*
    Northern Beaufort Sea (NB)	1200		increasing
    Norwegian Bay (NW)		100		stable
    Queen Elizabeth (QE)		200		unknown
    Southern Beaufort Sea (SB)	1800		increasing
    Southern Hudson Bay (SH)	1000		stable
    Viscount Melville Sound (VM)	230		stable
    Western Hudson Bay (WH)		1200		stable
    

    These papers usually divide the Arctic into about twenty to twenty-two population groups (the Arctic is not just one, monolithic climatic zone). This paper has twenty populations and most were steady or unknown. Two populations were decreasing and two were increasing.

    I found that the temperature changes in these zones were interesting too. Those with steady bear populations had steady temperatures. Those two regions with decreasing bear population had decreasing temperatures, And the two regions where the bear populations were increasing had increasing temperatures. It was the opposite of what the alarmists were saying.

    The real problem with decreasing bear populations had more to do with over hunting than anything to do with global warming. It’s too bad that polar bears get all the press. There are bear species that are really endangered, and you’d think environmentalist would focus on them.

    Jim

  21. You can read about the barring of Dr. Mitchell Taylor from a conference in Copenhagen in 2009 here:
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/06/27/warmists-deny-copenhagen-access-to-polar-bear-scientist/
    The start of the post says:

    Warmists deny Copenhagen access to polar bear scientist
    Anthony Watts / June 27, 2009

    From the UK Telegraph 26 June 2009

    Christopher Booker

    POLAR BEAR EXPERT BARRED BY WARMISTS

    Over the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place 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.

    This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN’s major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But 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 the views of the rest of the group.

    Dr Mitchell Taylor has been researching into 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.

  22. For those interested, here is the science behind the video, published 28 Feb 2017:

    https://peerj.com/preprints/2737v2/

    Citation:
    Crockford, S.J. 2017 v2. Testing the hypothesis that routine sea ice coverage of 3-5 mkm2 results in a greater than 30% decline in population size of polar bears (Ursus maritimus). PeerJ Preprints 28 February 2017. Doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.2737v2 Open access. https://peerj.com/preprints/2737v2/

    [Version 2, published 28 February, incorporates additional reviewer comments and suggestions received on Version 1 (published 19 January), as well as new data from Baffin Bay, Kane Basin, and Barents Sea.

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