Sea ice melt in the Arctic Basin leaves an area for polar bears larger than Greenland

Reposted from Dr. Susan Crockford’s Polar Bear Science Posted on August 29, 2019 Sea ice melt in the Arctic Basin leaves an area for polar bears larger than Greenland Most polar bears that spend the spring feeding in the peripheral seas of the Arctic Basin (such as the Beaufort, Chukchi, Kara, and Barents Seas) remain…

How “Science” Counts Bears

Guest essay by Jim Steele, director emeritus, San Francisco State University The Inuit claim “it is the time of the most polar bears.” By synthesizing their community’s observations they have demonstrated a greater accuracy counting Bowhead whales and polar bears than the models of credentialed scientists. To estimate correctly, it takes a village. In contrast…

Russian river water affecting the Arctic – AO shift blamed

From the University of Washington Russian river water unexpected culprit behind Arctic freshening near US, Canada A hemisphere-wide phenomenon – and not just regional forces – has caused record-breaking amounts of freshwater to accumulate in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea. Freshwater Pathway Frigid freshwater flowing into the Arctic Ocean from three of Russia’s mighty rivers was…