Silence of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group on the 2015 IUCN Red List assessment

Posted: May 17, 2016 by oldbrew in sea ice
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Hiding the non-decline in polar bear numbers? Why would anyone want to bury good news – unless they had an agenda?


It’s been six months and still the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group has not updated its website with a link to the 2015 IUCN Red List assessment for polar bears, which was made public with some fanfare in November 2015. They are not the only group still ignoring the Red List decision but their silence is the most damning – the IUCN is the parent body of their organization.

On May 7th, I wrote to the IUCN Red List folks ( about this situation (excerpt below) but as yet have received no reply.

PBSG website banner May 10 2016In part, my letter to the Red List said:

“The IUCN PBSG website is one of the first places people are directed to when they look online for official information about the conservation status of polar bears. Yet by early May 2016, no mention is found of the November 2015 Red List assessment of polar bears on…

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  1. Bitter&twisted says:

    The simple answer is that the IUCN are specialist Climate Crooks.
    Faces firmly in the trough.

  2. oldbrew says:

    It’s hard to imagine them dragging their feet if polar bear numbers were found to be bad news.

  3. oldbrew says: ‘Ten dire predictions that have failed as global polar bear population hits 22-31k’

    ‘Polar bears are not fragile canaries in an Arctic climate-change coal mine but resilient and adaptable predators remarkably suited to their highly variable habitat.’