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Polar Bear Science: Podcast of interview with Glenn Beck talking about polar bear numbers

Yesterday (19 March 2019) I joined talk show host Glenn Beck to discuss polar bear numbers and my new book, The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened. Here is their edited podcast of it that was posted on YouTube (about …

2019-03-20 18:38   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened is now for sale

On sale at Amazon today, my new full-length science book, The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened, published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Paperback and ebook versions are available. See the GWPF press release here. The official book launch …

2019-03-19 12:18   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: It’s back: Bering Sea polar bear habitat has recovered from a low earlier this month

Fancy that! After a load of handwringing earlier this month, mobile pack ice in the Bering Sea has returned. Just like ice in the Barents Sea, Bering Sea ice is highly variable (Brown et al. 2011): it moves with winds …

2019-03-18 19:08   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: This week: New book release & Glenn Beck interview talking about polar bear numbers

The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened is almost here! The book is scheduled for release (in paperback and ebook formats) on Tuesday 19 March 2019. Tuesday is also the day I’ll be talking to Glenn Beck on his radio …

2019-03-18 03:49   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: My International Polar Bear Op-Ed at the Financial Post on 27 February 2019

In case you missed it back on 27 Februrary 2019. See the original here (with photos).** February 27th is International Polar Bear Day, and what interesting timing it happens to be this year. In recent weeks the media have been …

2019-03-15 19:30   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Polar bear habitat update: abundant sea ice across the Arctic, even in the Barents Sea

Abundant ice in Svalbard, East Greenland and the Labrador Sea is excellent news for the spring feeding season ahead because this is when bears truly need the presence of ice for hunting and mating. As far as I can tell, …

2019-03-12 19:47   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Polar bear prowling small Labrador town cut off by storm had authorities on high alert

From CBC News late yesterday (28 February 2019) comes the news that a polar bear seen skulking around the homes of a small coastal town in Labrador this week has had residents on edge and authorities on high alert. If …

2019-03-01 19:46   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: State of the Polar Bear Report 2018: Polar bears continue to thrive

Press Release 27 February 2019, International Polar Bear Day New Report: Polar Bears Continue To Thrive Inuit paying the price of rising bear populations The State of the Polar Bear Report for 2018, published today by the Global Warming Policy …

2019-02-27 08:36   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: International Polar Bear Day: a time to admit the species is not threatened with extinction due to reduced sea ice habitat

Times have changed: where once many scientists worried that polar bears could not survive an Arctic with 40% less ice, now the concern is that people of the Arctic might not be able to keep themselves safe from growing numbers …

2019-02-26 18:44   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Ringed and bearded seals, still listed as ‘threatened’, are still doing really well

This isn’t news but it’s good to hear it again, this time from the mouth of one of the biologists who collects the data: against all odds, the primary prey species of polar bears are doing spectacularly well. According to …

2019-02-25 04:14   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Bear on shore in January that threatened residents of Foxe Basin community was shot

According to a report by CBC News earlier this week (18 February 2019), there was a defence kill of a potentially dangerous polar bear and her cub in Foxe Basin, Nunavut on January 4th that we are just hearing about …

2019-02-20 16:56   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Polar bears driven out of Novaya Zemlya town onto the ice by persistent harassment

The state of emergency in Belushya Guba on Novaya Zemlya is over, according to a report yesterday from the Russian news agency TASS (18 February 2019), as no bears had been spotted over the previous 24 hours. The report stated …

2019-02-19 16:06   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Polar bears walking the streets on Novaya Zemlya are habituated garbage bears, not victims of climate change

What a bunch of sensationalist claptrap about the polar bears on Novaya Zemlya but I guess it sells papers and raises donations (WWF and PBI, I mean you).1 Seriously, if the bears were coming for us, people in Belushaya Guba …

2019-02-14 20:05   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Polar bears have been terrorizing a Russian town on the Barents Sea since December

Since early December, a group of 52 polar bears have terrorized the Russian village of Belushaya Guba on southern Novaya Zemlya. The aggressiveness of some of the bears, their boldness in entering local buildings and fearlessness in the face of …

2019-02-09 21:29   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Polar bear lecture in Calgary coming up in April – book Friends of Science event now

On 10 April 2019, I am giving a polar bear lecture for Friends of Science in Calgary (“Polar Bears: Too Hot to Handle”) alongside astrophysicist Willie Soon (“The Sun Also Warms”) at their annual climate science event. Early bird ticket …

2019-02-04 06:37   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Two polar bears onshore in coastal Labrador, one relocated for public safety

Just in (VOCM, 1 February 2019) from a community called Makkovik on the coast of Labrador: one of two bears sighted prowling the local dump has been relocated for public safety. The community is still on high alert until the …

2019-02-02 00:25   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Abundant polar bear habitat across the Arctic at the start of winter

January is the first month of the Arctic winter, the season when most polar bears really struggle to find enough to eat. Here is what the sea ice looked like around the Arctic at the end of this month. Compare …

2019-02-01 18:32   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Images from 2017 and 2018 show polar bears thriving in a warming world

Candid images of fat, healthy bears taken over the last two years by unbiased photographers across the Arctic are representative of the state of polar bears in a world that’s warmer than it was in 1980. It may seem counter-intuitive …

2019-01-18 17:07   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Southern Beaufort polar bear attack far from the Alaskan coast: another winter example

A man from Arctic Village (Alaska), out checking his trap-line, killed a polar bear at his cabin when it came after him: only odd things were it was the first week of January and the cabin was more than 100 …

2019-01-16 06:01   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Svalbard polar bears doing fine with much less sea ice say Norwegian biologists

“…despite the loss of good denning areas and a shrinking habitat for hunting, Svalbard’s bears seem to be doing fine.…The sea ice season is now several months shorter, and the ice edge typically lies several degrees further north than what …

2019-01-08 17:15   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Polar bear voted newsmaker of the year in Nunavut: A climate change emblem becomes a symbol of bitter conflict

This Nunatsiaq News editorial is worth a read (2 January 2019): Meet our newsmaker of the year: the polar bear. “But for this year, we’re not choosing a person. For 2018, our newsmaker of the year designation goes to an …

2019-01-02 22:37   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Heads up Newfoundland & Labrador: polar bear season has begun

There is now enough sea ice off southern Labrador and the northern tip of Newfoundland for Davis Strait polar bears to come ashore looking for food. Baby seals won’t be available for months yet. And since winter is the lean …

2019-01-02 18:17   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: May a polar bear not be something you are faced with in 2019

A polar bear can be too close: fat or thin, it can be deadly. Happy New Year. And condolences to those whose lives were torn apart by a polar bear encounter in 2018.

2019-01-01 04:07   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Derocher admits Western Hudson Bay polar bear population may not be declining

Earlier this year, I challenged a journalist to ask to see the data used by Andrew Derocher and his colleagues to support their repeated claims that Western Hudson Bay polar bears are having trouble surviving. It almost happened. David Rose, …

2018-12-30 16:33   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Biologists escalate conflict over Inuit management of polar bear populations

Yesterday, two polar bear specialists and an inept freelance journalist poured gasoline on the already-volatile issue of polar bear management in Nunavut. Quote of the day: “I think there’s a reasonable chance that the last polar bear in Canada will …

2018-12-21 05:04   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: CBC hypes “bleak” Churchill polar bear fate with unsupported claims & falsehoods

Over the weekend in Canada, the CBC ran a polar bear news feature that is now available online (“Polar bears in peril: the bleak future of Churchill bears,” The National, CBC, 3 December 2018). It gave polar bear biologist Nick …

2018-12-05 06:48   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Unfounded concern for polar bears from onshore oil exploration in Alaska

Canadian biologist Andrew Derocher was called upon to promote his particularly pessimistic viewpoint on polar bear survival in a story published in the New York Times yesterday (2 December 2018: “Drilling in the Arctic: Questions for a Polar Bear Expert”). …

2018-12-03 23:23   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Canadian polar bears still not threatened with extinction says conservation committee

At recent meeting of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), biologists decided to continue to list the polar bear as a species of ‘Special Concern.’ About 2/3 of the world’s polar bears live in Canada …

2018-12-03 22:24   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: Inuit and Western science are far apart on polar bear issues in Nunavut

Interesting summary and informed perspective from Nunavut News that’s worth a read on the issue of polar bear management in Nunavut (29 November 2018: “Inuit, Western science far apart on polar bear issues”). “Nirlungayuk said the predictions made by Western …

2018-11-30 15:51   Click to comment

Polar Bear Science: No extirpation looms for Svalbard polar bears: no pending catastrophe in Norway

Despite a wild claim that a “slow Arctic freeze” this year increases the risk that polar bears will become extinct, sea ice charts show ice returning earlier than it has for decades everywhere except the Svalbard area of the Barents …

2018-11-29 09:55   Click to comment


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