Polar Bears Doing Better Than Ever
Ahh, those cute and cuddly polar bears. The public relations image of the polar bear is evidence of the cognitive dissonance of the environmental left. Other than the Coca-Cola polar bear marketing campaign that reappeared in the 1990s, there’s very little that is cute and cuddly about this apex predator.
Polar bears are stealth hunters, and the victim is often unaware of the bear’s presence until the attack is underway. Whereas brown bears often maul a person and then leave, polar bear attacks are more likely to be predatory and are almost always fatal.
Genetically very similar to the less-popular grizzly bear, they are quintessential poster children for the environmental left, and especially its global warming carbon tax scheme. We are constantly warned if we don’t take decisive action now the ice will melt away and these cutesy if deadly bears will never be seen again.
However, once again, as is usually the case when one scratches the surface of the global warming religion, we find the population is doing better now than it was over 50 years ago. Many estimates place polar bear population in the 20,000 to 30,000 range, excellent for a top-level predator
More Failed Predictions
Despite predictions from the global warming alarmists as recently as 2007 that the arctic would be ice-free by 2013 and cause all the polar bears to drown, summer ice levels have bounced back to the 31st highest level ever recorded as of 2015.
Even Lurch (Senator John Kerry) got in on the doomsday racket back in August 2009, publishing an OpEd in PuffHo (Huffington Post) using fear mongering tactics and going along with the polemic that the arctic would be ice-free by 2013. How many times do these people have to be proven wrong before people stop listening to them?
A recent study just published in late 2015 found that polar bears have undergone a 42% increase in population in the Barents Sea, with some of them as fat as pigs.
Researchers from Norsk Polarinstitutt in Tromsø have conducted their first census of sorts since 2004 regarding the polar bear population on Svalbard and in the Norwegian portions of the Barents Sea. “The population has increased,” project leader Jon Aars of the polar institute told NTB. “The Norwegian polar bear population is now calculated to include around 975 bears, compared to 685 11 years ago.
And as anyone with common sense would expect, arctic species have seen changes in sea ice cover before (as the climate is always changing) and got along just fine without human intervention.
Of course, the polar bear scare is just one of the tentacles of the global warming carbon tax scheme and plan for world government. It has less to do with environmental protection than it does establishing totalitarian control.
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