Crockford: European outrage over my loss of adjunct status and video of my Dutch school lecture

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Posted on December 17, 2019 | Comments Off on European outrage over my loss of adjunct status and video of my Dutch school lecture

I’ve been home for just over 3 weeks now but even with all the demands on my time from family, friends, colleagues, and the media that I had to put off while I was away, I didn’t want to miss setting down a few final thoughts about my speaking tour across Europe. See previous posts here and here.

Polar bear beer ISBJORN_Jan Erik OSLO 23 Oct 2019

Polar bear beer had a prominent place at the post-conference dinner in Oslo.

Firstly, sincere thanks to all of you who donated so generously after hearing the news in mid-October that my adjunct appointment at the University of Victoria had been cancelled – a similar outpouring of outrage and moral support was echoed throughout my trip across Europe. Knowing those funds were available made an enormous difference, especially for things like roaming charges on my phone (Canadians pay some of the highest cell phone fees in the world), which meant I was able to conduct a number of radio interviews on-the-fly – including one with Glenn Beck – taxis (because after my hip replacement in June, my hip muscles were simply not up to all the walking), and a few unforeseen expenses.

The Oslo conference (‘Natural Variability and Tolerance‘) was simply awesome: I met so many people I had previously known only through emails, scientific papers, or internet mention. Australian Peter Ridd was there to talk about issues with the health of the Great Barrier Reef and the similarities of our treatment by our respective universities was not lost on anyone: there can be a huge cost to academic professionals for speaking out about the abuse of science that’s going on in the name of ‘climate change’. The meeting was well organized and very well attended, the press showed up (I believe I was on the evening TV news), and I autographed many books – a fabulous introduction to the climate realists of Europe. Isbjørn beer was the cherry on top – as far as I know, even Canada doesn’t have a dedicated polar bear brew (correct me if I’m wrong!).

UPDATE: Apparently (I’ve been informed via email from John), a Quebec microbrewery has a polar bear on its logo. However, I contend it’s not quite as distinctly ‘polar bear beer’ as the Norwegian variety.

In The Netherlands, Cyril Wentzel of The Green Audit Foundation (De Groene Rekenkamer) arranged for me to speak to 110 senior high school students (15-16 year olds) of biology teacher Marjo Jongkind at the Lyceum Ypenburg in The Hague. The kids were great; Ms. Jongkind was thrilled with the presentation and so was her supervisor.

I’m posting it here because it’s typical of my talks to schools, including the ones in Victoria that got me run out of academia. It’s information kids need to counter the hype and fear being fed to them by conservation activists of all stripes.

In Germany (22-23 November), even though the EIKE conference in Munich had to be relocated to another venue at the last minute because the original conference centre buckled under the bullying of a local activist organization, it went ahead without further problems. We had strict security as well as police protection (see below) but everyone carried on as planned. The simultaneous translation and the food were wonderful and there were some great science presentations. I very much enjoyed talking with Nir Shaviv and Henrik Svensmark over dinner. Congratulations to organizer Wolfgang Mueller for pulling this off and many thanks for including me!

EIKE conference police protection Munich 23 Nov 2019

Police parked outside the conference venue in Munich during the EIKE conference.

Finally, here is a copy of the polar bear bumpersticker I was giving away at my lectures, as the essence of my take-home message. Designed by my artist son-in-law, the sticker measures 6.6″ x 3.8″ (168 x 97 mm) and the text is simple: “thriving” in seven European languages (English, Norwegian, Dutch, German, French, Scots Celtic and Irish).

Bear image final from vector R3

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December 19, 2019 10:06 am

Those crazy lefties would damage my Jeep if I put one of those stickers on 🙁

Richard Binns
December 19, 2019 10:19 am

It would be so great for Susan to meet face to face with the Ms Greta!

On the outer Barcoo
Reply to  Richard Binns
December 19, 2019 11:01 am

I can just see Saint Greta rushing up to a baby polar bear to give it a hug …

Reply to  On the outer Barcoo
December 19, 2019 11:28 am

I’d pay to see that, especially if the mom is there too!

Reply to  Bill Capron
December 19, 2019 5:38 pm

Both moms

Reply to  Bill Capron
December 19, 2019 6:04 pm

WOT! Malena Ernman?

December 19, 2019 10:26 am

The treatment of AGW skeptics, or even questioners, by the higher education system and media is criminal and needs to be called out. Anyone that believes the ongoing assault isn’t being orchestrated is naive. I have much respect for those willing to tell the world that the king has no clothes on. Thank you for providing facts about the CC mascot and straightening out another of the many falsehoods and myths around CC.

December 19, 2019 10:34 am

As a Canadian, I wouldn’t want to lose the likes of a Susan Crockford, but if she wanted to move to Greta”|s home town and take up permanent residence with regular lectures. I would send off a cheque happily every month to assist. I’m being facetious, but it would be fun!

December 19, 2019 10:46 am

The green leftards of academia play the man ( professor ) not the ball ( polar bears are doing fine ).

Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
December 19, 2019 12:12 pm

I am not prepared to argue how a warming arctic is affecting polar bear populations. I haven’t read any of Susan’s books, or the arguments of her critics. I did do a little digging on my own though, and found this.

“Human-caused mortality
For most subpopulations, particularly those in North America and Greenland, harvesting of polar bears is a regulated and/or monitored activity. In many cases, harvesting is the major cause of mortality for bears. In most jurisdictions, the total numbers of bears killed by humans in pursuit of subsistence and sport hunting, and in defense of life or property are documented. Where data allow, we present the five-year mean of known human-caused mortality for each subpopulation, as well as the data from the most recent year.

In Baffin Bay alone, an a average of 143 bears per year were “removed by humans” during the period 2011 – 2015. (See table 1.).

Based on the above, I think the scientific community, who I have tremendous respect for, BTW, should find a different mascot for the effects of climate change.

Reply to  Snape
December 19, 2019 7:31 pm

“Snape December 19, 2019 at 12:12 pm
I am not prepared to argue…
In Baffin Bay alone, an a average of 143 bears per year were “removed by humans” during the period 2011 – 2015…”

With polar bear populations in the tens of thousands, and quite a few of those “removed by humans” polar bears shot by humans in defense of their lives…
That is a truly pathetic claim.

Native populations have petitioned authorities to increase the numbers of bears available for harvest as a proper polar bear management tool.

Unlike the claims of polar bear activists:
A) Polar bears suffer the most during high levels of ice times.
B) Polar bears are individually fat, healthy and prolific.
C) Polar bears populations have increased significantly during low ice periods.

Polar bears as alarmist mascots for global warming, Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming, Anthropogenic Global Warming, climate disruption, climate change, climate disasters, etc. are already turning into marketing disasters.

What frightens Polar Bear International most is that their endless money supply from fearful gullible suckers will dry up if they can’t keep polar bears front and center in their alarmism. WWF and Greenpeace have other totems they can roll out to suit the crowd they’re pressing for donations. PBI has only the polar bear.

Reply to  ATheoK
December 19, 2019 8:57 pm

“That is a truly pathetic claim.”

What claim are you talking about? “Human-caused removals” is just the terminology used in Table1 of the report I linked.

Explained here:
“the total numbers of bears killed by humans in pursuit of subsistence and sport hunting, and in defense of life or property are documented.”

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  ATheoK
December 20, 2019 4:29 am

C) Polar bears populations have increased significantly during low ice periods.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE, ……less ice means more open water.

More open water means “birthing” seal females are more concentrated and/or closer to shore.

More concentrated and/or closer to shore means the Polar Bears don’t have to travel as far or hunt as hard to find a juicy seal pup or its mother for dinner.

Steven Mosher
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
December 19, 2019 2:48 pm

err using the term leftard is… playing the man

Reply to  Steven Mosher
December 19, 2019 3:46 pm

Somewhat true, however since it is so descriptive of them, it will live on.

On the other hand, in this case there is no ball to play. All the leftards ever do is insult and attack.
Actually presenting arguments is either beneath their dignity or beyond their ability.

Reply to  Steven Mosher
December 19, 2019 3:47 pm

PS: Given the “quality” of most of steve’s recent posts, it is really strange for him to complain about insults.

Reply to  Steven Mosher
December 20, 2019 6:29 am

Mosh, the time for playing nice has been over for decades. When you’re being punched in the nose, fighting back is the only option left.

Get with the current socialist/marxist totalitarian era.

Reply to  beng135
December 20, 2019 9:00 am

When have the leftards ever played nice?

Geo Rubik
December 19, 2019 10:54 am

So, how was the beer?

nw sage
Reply to  Geo Rubik
December 19, 2019 6:39 pm

Clearly the polar bears in Norway make superior beer! Perhaps Canadians can learn from them?
[My Canadian relatives and ancestors will now proceed to disavow all knowledge of me – but the truth about beer must be told]

Julian Flood
Reply to  nw sage
December 21, 2019 12:32 am

“the truth about beer must be told”

Adnam’s Ghost Ship. There’s even a decent 0.5% version, done by reverse osmosis.(I’ve drunk Labatt’s)


Ed Zuiderwijk
December 19, 2019 10:55 am

Pity that the ‘d’ is missing in the ‘florerend’ on the sticker. Even better would be: ‘goed gedijend’ (doing very well).

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
January 1, 2020 12:42 pm

With respect to the “speaking tour across Europe” –

What about “Zuider-wijkend”.

December 19, 2019 11:08 am

Polar-Bear Beer taster:

Hmm. Hint of ice, seal, and Inuit.

John Tillman
December 19, 2019 11:13 am

Irish and Scottish Gaelic (pronounced Gah’-lick in Scotland, not Gay’-lick) are both Celtic languages, and, like Welsh and Breton, closely related. But the language is called Gaelic in Scotland, not Celtic.

Gaelic was brought to what is now southwestern Scotland by invading Scots from Ireland in the Dark Ages. Irish and Scottish Gaelic are no longer mutually intelligible. At that time, Cumbrian, related to Welsh, was spoken in the Strathclyde region, and Pictish, a British Celtic language more closely related to Welsh than Gaelic, in the rest of Caledonia, except for the SE, where Germanic Old English-speaking invaders from the North Sea coasts of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark were spreading.

December 19, 2019 11:21 am

Very sad that an academic needs police protection to speak. The left is really sick.

Reply to  Stevek
December 19, 2019 1:15 pm

History lesson. Nazis student organizations attacked Jewish professors. The Red Guard bullies pulled out economic professors for being capitalist pigs. In Iran, professors were pulled out class rooms by Revolutionary Guards. I grew up in Pakistan in the 1960s when left wing and right wing student organizations attacked faculty for not following their views. I am sure others can chime in on countries where academic freedoms have been curtailed by mass behavior.

Jim G
Reply to  Mohatdebos
December 20, 2019 4:18 am

Khmer Rouge in Cambodia during the ’70s.
Anyone who wore glasses, thus deemed intelligent, was killed.

I guess they were not big on long term planning.

Reply to  Mohatdebos
December 20, 2019 6:41 am

Ah, yes. Professors fared rather poorly in China during the Cultural Revolution.

Alex B.
December 19, 2019 11:25 am

Credit where credit’s due, the first Ice Beer was put on the Dutch market quite a while ago, could be 20 years or more. The Dutch word for polar bear is ijsbeer, which is pronounced almost identically as ice beer. So the pun was intended.

Bryan A
Reply to  Alex B.
December 19, 2019 12:23 pm


December 19, 2019 11:46 am

Aussies have a rum company that used the polar bear as a theme… can’t remember why.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  fred250
December 19, 2019 2:24 pm

Apparently it was supposed to reference the idea that the rum could ward off the most severe of chills.

Does it get cold here in sunny Queensland? You betcha. It can freeze inland in winter. Even on the coast in the tropics, we get nights below 10C at night in winter! I’m a climate change refugee fleeing to the Mediterranean every June for 2 or 3 months. The only thing I want to know below 10C is my beer!

December 19, 2019 11:50 am

New vid from GWPF

“Falling Walrus: Attenborough Tacitly Admits Netflix Deception”

John in L du B
December 19, 2019 12:00 pm

Dr. Crockford’s loss of adjunct status merely confirms what I’ve suspected for a some time. The University of Victoria isn’t a real university.

Reply to  John in L du B
December 19, 2019 12:47 pm

It’s a monoversity in which only Socialist thought and Lysenkoist science are permitted.

Reply to  jorgekafkazar
December 19, 2019 2:04 pm

Sounds like Australian Universities.

Dr. Bob
December 19, 2019 12:07 pm

The Thriving bumper sticker reminded me of a bumper sticker I saw all over the place in Craig, CO.

Friends of Coal!

Craig as a natural coal seam and mines coal for a local power plant a few miles from the mine. Apparently everyone in Craig is supporting this arrangement. Most likely due to the jobs and prosperity it bring to this very rural area. And the reliable power production so they will not black out in Winter. Craig can get very cold being a high desert environment.

Mark Fraser
Reply to  Dr. Bob
December 19, 2019 1:25 pm

and maybe a small coven of neo-n’s

Reply to  Mark Fraser
December 21, 2019 12:11 am

No, they stay in Moffat.

December 19, 2019 12:13 pm

It’s not beer, but as far as polar bears go, Coca Cola has provided as much PR as anyone. They are part of the reason polar bears are regarded as cute. They shaped that image.

In the decades before that, Coca Cola shaped the image of Santa Claus as we know him now.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Toto
December 19, 2019 2:27 pm

Coca-Cola even put a copyright mark next to that image they use on bottles at Christmas time now. Sort of trying to copyright Santa, although they didn’t invent him.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 19, 2019 3:50 pm

They are not copyrighting polar bears or Santa Clause, they are trademarking those particular pictures.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  MarkW
December 19, 2019 6:50 pm

I know, but there is an intent there.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 20, 2019 9:02 am

Copyrighting a picture of a polar bear means you intend to copyright polar bears???????

That “intent” exists in your eyes only.

December 19, 2019 12:51 pm

The actions against scientists reveal the totalitarian nature of Climate “Science.”

December 19, 2019 1:29 pm

The left’s attack on those with opposing views gives you a window on the damage the last 30 years has done to our youth. Ignoring Greta, most western people under 30 are so indoctrinated with the climate hoax they sometimes can hardly see reasons to go on. (They might be even more worried if the Grand Solar Minimum turns out to be as bad as some think.)
It is great to see someone as sensible as Dr. Susan willing to take time to reassure the younger generations that there is hope.

December 19, 2019 2:31 pm

This shameful event and persecution will be known as the Battle of the Polar Bears.

December 19, 2019 3:07 pm

excellent example of an ad hominen attack! Kudos!

Cyril Wentzel
December 19, 2019 4:26 pm

For those who would like to see the half-hour lecture of Susan at the Dutch school, you can watch it here:

where you also will find the adult lecture at the Rotterdam Zoo recorded in the spectacularly beautiful shark-room.

Mike Semenzin
December 19, 2019 5:51 pm

Thank you for continuing to speak the truth even though the personal and professional cost have been very high. It’s nice to see a true scientist speak about these topics instead of dipshits like Greta, Jane Fonda, Al Gore, etc… The alarmist camp relies solely on media hype and sensationalism to create fear. There seems be a real lack of actual (ethical) scientists, just celebrity chicken littles.

December 19, 2019 6:10 pm

Sound advice: Never Do A Tango With An Inuit.

December 19, 2019 6:59 pm

Susan, watch, you’ll definitely laugh:

Bundaberg Rum “Drop-Bear”

There’s a whole series of these adds uploaded.

December 19, 2019 11:41 pm

Maybe you lost your adjunct status because you are not a very good researcher?

If you claim to be a polar bear expert it would probably help if you’d actually published a couple of peer reviewed articles on them.

(PS My golden retriever has a higher H index than you)

Reply to  Steve45
December 20, 2019 12:38 am

Define what makes a “good researcher” -in your opinion.

Reply to  Steve45
December 20, 2019 7:07 am

New troll are ya? Welcome, and thanks for continuing the tradition of low-H index trolls here.

Reply to  Steve45
December 20, 2019 9:04 am

Ah yes, the classic troll position. Anyone who disagrees with me is stupid.

It sure beats actually trying to think for yourself.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Steve45
December 20, 2019 2:27 pm

Steve45 December 19, 2019 at 11:41 pm
Maybe you lost your adjunct status because you are not a very good researcher?

Or maybe she’s a very good researcher but they didn’t like her results?
(In other words, she makes sense.)

Richard Saumarez
Reply to  Steve45
December 20, 2019 4:33 pm

You really are nasty. The thing about trolls is that they don’t brains in the normal sense and I would suggest you check out her profile on Researchgate.

You will find she has more an academic profile than your dog.

Reply to  Steve45
December 20, 2019 6:57 pm

@ Steve45,
It is no fun, when you don’t even try.

December 20, 2019 12:32 am

Please don’t post irrelevant videos on this site MOD

shortus cynicus
December 20, 2019 3:58 am

… peer reviewed articles…

So you mean, if someone is not a part of a groupthink cult, he/she can’t do science, which means measuring and observing?
Pal review is not part of the definition what science is.
Poor Copernicus, Newton and Einstein, we must invalidate their work and burn their books because they have opposed groupthink.
You never expect Spanish Inquisition!

Off Topic: Maria Curie Skłodowska was nearly completely sponsored by mining industry, so automatically, all she found must be false by definition. Only overlords financing themselves by robbed money can call themselves “serious”.

Jim G
December 20, 2019 4:33 am

@ Steve45
Is that because peer reviewed science, such as would be published in “Science” magazine is always
on the up and up?

I would like to believe there is integrity, in many, but the publish or perish protocol may lead people to produce what is popular in thought vs what can be strenuously tested.

December 20, 2019 5:13 am

—Peer reviewed article—-Is it not a full joke these days for Climate Science?

All editors, reviewers are propaganda scientists and they are trying to stop publishing any material that does not support their fake alarming views. Even after a massive task of publishing those papers are ignored from citations by mainstream scientists. Is not the current academic system of Climate Science is a complete joke? That system is promoting mediocrity and generating puppet climate scientists. Many great climate scientists are lost in such a process of mean manipulation by those organised group of scientists.

Why not Nature journal, Guardian, Royal Society and many such independent bodies step forward to take urgent steps and return to transparency in Climate Science? The more and more open discussion should be conducted in this regard. Take more survey from affected scientists to expose the actual nature of harassment the true climate scientists are facing these days.

Reply to  Mark
December 20, 2019 9:06 am

Peer reviewed has become a joke in many specialties.

At it’s best peer review was never more than a quick cross check. Do the descriptions match the figures. Spot check the references to see if they actually exist, never check to see if they are relevant.
Look for gross spelling or grammar errors.

That’s about it.

December 20, 2019 5:22 am

@ Steve45 (PS My golden retriever has a higher H index than you).

That statement clearly indicated that we reached a high time in the peer-reviewing manipulative system of Climate Science.

We need urgent steps!!

December 20, 2019 6:27 am

We do have a polar bear tipple in Oz too and often consumed with cola and ice-

Steve Z
December 20, 2019 2:18 pm

I’m glad that Dr. Crockford had the opportunity to educate 110 high school students in The Hague, and hopefully she will have the opportunity to speak to other young people about the truth about polar bears.

It would be great for Greta to meet Dr. Crockford, but unfortunately Greta has dropped out of high school, and is too busy “saving the world” to go to school and learn something!

December 22, 2019 6:29 pm

I’m missing the link to get the bumper sticker… love it.

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