Surprising sea ice thickness across the Arctic is good news for polar bears

Posted: May 28, 2021 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, sea ice
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We look forward to the usual climate scare merchants telling us how pleased they are. Or perhaps a deafening silence?

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This year near the end of May the distribution of thickest sea ice (3.5-5m/11.5-16.4 ft – or more) is a bit surprising, given that the WMO has suggested we may be only five years away from a “dangerous tipping point” in global temperatures. There is the usual and expected band of thick ice in the Arctic Ocean across northern Greenland and Canada’s most northern islands but there are also some patches in the peripheral seas (especially north of Svalbard, southeast Greenland, Foxe Basin, Hudson Strait, Chukchi Sea, Laptev Sea). This is plenty of sea ice for polar bear hunting at this time of year (mating season is pretty much over) and that thick ice will provide summer habitat for bears that choose to stay on the ice during the low-ice season: not even close to an emergency for polar bears.


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Comments
  1. Phoenix44 says:

    The interesting point there is “mating season is pretty much over”. Thus it doesn’t much matter what happens to many older male bears now.

  2. Coeur de Lion says:

    Vivat Crockford.

  3. ivan says:

    Wasn’t the Arctic supposed to be ice free by 2013 according to some professor in 2008. Just shows how little they know about how the atmosphere and nature works.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Bring on the next 19 imaginary climate alarms 😴

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    expect this to disappear down the memory hole

  6. oldmanK says:

    Phoenix44 says: May 28, 2021 at 9:24 am
    Quote ““mating season is pretty much over”
    You mean female bears on heat can thaw the ice? I don’t think that ever figured in the models. 😃

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