Challenging NOAA’s “Arctic Report Card 2014” on polar bears

Posted: December 19, 2014 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

Welcome post from people who know about polar bears.


NOAA’s list of purported evidence for harm being caused to polar bears by Arctic warmingis short and weak. It puts the gloomiest spin possible on the current well-being of an animal with all the earmarks of a healthy, well-distributed species.

Arctic report card 2014 screencap_Dec 18 2014

This year, polar bears are virtually the only species that NOAA mentions in their Arctic Report Card – they’ve put all their icon-eggs in one leaky basket [what happened to walrus??]. But polar bears are doing so well that to make an alarming case for polar bears as victims of Arctic warming, many important caveats had to be left out or misrepresented. Some details given are simply wrong.

This year’s polar bear chapter was penned by IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group chairman Dag Vongraven (you might recall his email to me earlier this year) and a polar bear conservation activist from Polar Bears International (whose battle…

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  1. linneamogren says:

    According to Canadian Geographic polar bears are a success story!

    ” In Davis Strait, between Greenland and Baffin Island, the polar bear population has grown from 900 animals in the late 1970s to around 2,100 today. In Foxe Basin — a portion of northern Hudson Bay — a population that was estimated to be 2,300 in the early 2000s now stands at 2,570. ”

    Of course us “deniers” are singled out and that we should be alarmed as to “what MIGHT happen”

    “News like this leaves climate-change deniers crowing from the rooftops. But a closer look reveals that everything may not be quite so sunny. “Some populations appear to be doing OK now, but what’s frightening is what might happen in the very near future,” says wildlife biologist Lily Peacock.”

    Seems hunting is their greatest risk.

  2. oldbrew says:

    ‘one study predicted that 40 to 73 percent of pregnant females could fail to deliver healthy cubs if ice breakup happens one month earlier than in the 1990s’

    one study – right 😉
    predicted – guessed?
    ice breakup…one month earlier than in the 1990s – not happening.

    More ‘activist’ waffle — yawn.

  3. ian005 says:

    The polar bear science website is an excellent resource. SC is appropriately scathing of the 30 second sound-bite advocacy that is masquerading as science.