March 10, 2007

Polar Bear deaths in the news

One of the minor memes propagated by the Global Warming crowd is that due to reduced ice cover, Polar Bears are dying off at a phenomenal rate. Woooaaahhhh nellie -- not so fast. Here is The Telegraph's take on things:
Polar bears 'thriving as the Arctic warms up'
Pictures of a polar bear floating precariously on a tiny iceberg have become the defining image of global warming but may be misleading, according to a new study.

A survey of the animals' numbers in Canada's eastern Arctic has revealed that they are thriving, not declining, because of mankind's interference in the environment.

In the Davis Strait area, a 140,000-square kilometre region, the polar bear population has grown from 850 in the mid-1980s to 2,100 today.

"There aren't just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears," said Mitch Taylor, a polar bear biologist who has spent 20 years studying the animals.

His findings back the claims of Inuit hunters who have long claimed that they were seeing more bears.

"Scientific knowledge has demonstrated that Inuit knowledge was right," said Mr Taylor.
He must not know what he is talking about -- after all, he only has 20 years field experience. And of course, the Inuit are just simple people, they can't know what is happening in their environment. Bzzzzzttttt! Wrong. Wake up and smell the cappuccino. Posted by DaveH at March 10, 2007 8:08 PM
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