Ahead of International Polar Bear Day tomorrow, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has published its annual report on polar bear numbers over the last twelve months. The report comes bearing good news, as it finds that Gaia’s favourite cuddly carnivorous super-predators have enjoyed yet another year of population growth:
“M’Clintock Channel numbers more than doubled, from 284 in 2000 to 716 in 2016, due to reduced hunting and improved habitat quality. Gulf of Boothia numbers were found to be stable, with an estimate of 1525 bears in 2017; body condition improved between study periods and thus showed ‘good potential for growth’. At present, the official IUCN Red List global population estimate, completed in 2015, is 22,000–31,000 (average about 26,000) but surveys conducted since then, including those made public in 2020, would raise that average to almost 30,000. There has been no sustained statistically significant decline in any subpopulation.”
Whilst the polar bears will no doubt celebrate their good news this weekend, Gaia notes that it once again leaves a few experts with some explaining to do. Over and over, the media pushes a fiction that polar bear populations are in serious decline, and every year they’re proven wrong. Certainly a paw reflection of the state of our media. Gaia also hopes Facebook will be quick to rectify its dodgy fact-checker, perhaps that’s asking too much…
A new paper written by zoologist Dr Susan Crockford to mark International Polar Bear Day today has found that global polar bear numbers have continued to rise. Numbers have been steadily increasing since 2005, with 2018 data estimating the highest number of polar bears globally since they were protected by international treaty in 1973.
Numbers are so high that Inuit leaders have been pleading with he Canadian government for more polar bear population control as violent attacks against native populations have dramatically risen in recent years. Far from the 2007 predictions of a 67% decline in global polar bear numbers, the new report reveals that numbers have risen to the highest levels in decades. Happy International Polar Bear Day!
Inuit leaders have told the Mail on Sunday that there is a growing crisis of polar bear maulings, killing many members of Canada’s Inuit community. Far from the cuddly creatures that are depicted in Western media, Inuits see polar bears as vicious killing machines. Local Mayor Bob Leonard told the Mail that “people are angry and afraid…”
As Guido reported last year, numbers of polar bears are thriving despite what gloomy urban media says. Local senior Inuits say Hudson Bay’s polar bear population “has increased by 300 to 400 per cent. Everywhere the hunters go, they see polar bears. There are a lot more than in the past.” Locals are pleading to be allowed to “increase their permitted polar bear hunting quota” which currently stands at just 28 for Canada’s entire West Hudson Bay.
Sadly, state government is unlikely to respond to their plea, not least because of the backlash to Japan’s proposed liberalisation of whaling. Woke politics puts Inuit lives at risk…
Each year Gaia Fawkes updates you – on or around International Polar Bear Day – with the latest on climate change experts’ favourite cuddly carnivores. The most recent report released by the Global Warming Policy Foundation bears good news. Contrary to common belief and the near universal claims of the green lobby, its findings are:
“Ice levels during the key feeding period in Spring have been good, and prey species have been abundant. It’s not really a surprise that polar bears are doing so well… The fearmongering from the media and the polar bear specialists is now backfiring… They convinced the world that polar bears were doomed but the facts got out. Now would be a good time to set the story straight.”
Last year the BBC travel doc Russia With Simon Reeve made the rather worrying claim that reindeer populations across Northern Russia are “in steep decline because of climate change”. In fact, most populations of Eurasian Reindeer are now increasing in number or are stable…
After a complaint from Lord Lawson, the BBC has issued a correction – which pointedly stops short of an apology:
“This programme suggested that many reindeer populations are in steep decline because of climate change. It would have been more accurate to say that many reindeer populations are threatened by it.”
The Global Warming Policy Forum said:
“Even the assertion that they are “threatened” is highly questionable given their growing populations. Sadly, this kind of speculative claim is entirely predictable because any prediction of future climate disaster is impossible to verify, yet likely to be believed by a great many people.”
All in all, climate alarmists have tried and failed in their attempt to make the reindeer the new polar bear. What would Rudolph say?
As it’s International Polar Bear Day today, Gaia gives you the latest news on the cuddly carnivorous critters. Beliefs about the future extinction of the polar bear have been near universal. Here’s the WWF, for example:
“The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the global average, causing the ice that polar bears depend on to melt away. Loss of sea ice also threatens the bear’s main prey, seals, which need the ice to raise their young.”
In 2005 there were around 22,500 polar bears on earth. Since 2005 the polar bear population has rocketed 30% to about 30,000 bears, the highest in 50 years. The above video from the Global Warming Policy Foundation is an interesting corrective to the experts…