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BammBamm

Ahhh welll - its all due to Evil Capitalism you know Mr Wishart!

CM

5 of the 19 polar bear subpopulations are in decline. For decades, unrestricted hunting raised international concern for the future of the species; populations have rebounded after controls and quotas began to take effect.
However the U.S. Geological Survey predicts two-thirds of the world's polar bears will disappear by 2050, based on moderate projections for the shrinking of summer sea ice caused by global warming.

But you keep being misleading Ian.

John Boy

Bojrn Lomborg claims in his book that the only declining polar bear populations, excluding hunting affected ones, were where it had got colder. One's a study, one's a speculation. If they survived previous warm periods they will survive whatever gets thrown up this time - unless they encroach on people too much.

AcidComments

"5 of the 19 polar bear subpopulations are in decline. For decades, unrestricted hunting raised international concern for the future of the species; populations have rebounded after controls and quotas began to take effect.
However the U.S. Geological Survey predicts two-thirds of the world's polar bears will disappear by 2050, based on moderate projections for the shrinking of summer sea ice caused by global warming."

CM.

The inconventient Truth is Polar bear populations have been in decline in some areas is not because of warming. It's been because it's too cold affecting breeding or because of illegal poaching and one other little known factor. Some sub populations of Polar Bears have above normal numbers of Hermaphrodism amongst their population. This is believed to be affecting breeding.

BTW: When Polar Bears cross the Bering Sea from Alaska into Russian territory they have a higher chance of being hunted by the Ruskies and not returning to the Alaska.

Overall Polar bears populations are higher now than they have been. The Inuit actually want to hunt more Polar Bears because in some places they consider them a menace because they're see more of them than ever before.

CM

Yeah I'll go with the U.S. Geological Survey ahead of a paranoid conspiracy theorist who loves capital letters.

CM

"First, it's important to note that scientists lack historical data on polar bear numbers—they only have rough estimates. What we do know, though, is that in the 1960s, polar bear populations dropped precipitously due to over-hunting. When restrictions on polar bear harvests were put in place in the early 1970s, populations rebounded. That situation was a conservation success story ... but the current threat to polar bears is entirely different, and more dire.

Today's polar bears are facing the rapid loss of the sea-ice habitat that they rely on to hunt, breed, and, in some cases, to den. Last summer alone, the melt-off in the Arctic was equal to the size of Alaska, Texas, and the state of Washington combined—a shrinkage that was not predicted to happen until 2040. The loss of Arctic sea ice has resulted in a shorter hunting season for the bears, which has led to a scientifically documented decline in the best-studied population, Western Hudson Bay, and predictions of decline in the second best-studied population, the Southern Beaufort Sea.

Both populations are considered representative of what will likely occur in other polar bear populations should these warming trends continue. The Western Hudson Bay population has dropped by 22% since 1987. The Southern Beaufort Sea bears are showing the same signs of stress the Western Hudson Bay bears did before they crashed, including smaller adults and fewer yearling bears.

At the most recent meeting of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (Copenhagen, 2009), scientists reported that of the 19 subpopulations of polar bears, eight are declining, three are stable, one is increasing, and seven have insufficient data on which to base a decision. (The number of declining populations has increased from five at the group's 2005 meeting.)

Some members of the press take advantage of the complexity by stating that "polar bears are not in trouble—their numbers have doubled since the 1960s." That's a disingenuous statement, of course. It is true that polar bear populations rebounded after over-hunting was restricted, but that situation has nothing to do with the threat polar bears now face: the loss of the sea ice habitat essential to their survival."

http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/ask-the-experts/population/

Ian can I ask where your figure is from so I can see what it actually says for myself? Thanks.

CM

"The assessment is based on a suspected population reduction of >30% within three generations (45 years)"

http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/22823/0

AcidComments

Unusually cold temperatures
affect farms, wildlife

The unusually low temperatures proved also to be a challenge for the region's wildlife. Large, green iguanas became catatonic in the cold and fell from trees.

Monkey Jungle closed early Saturday. For the first time in at least 30 years, Miami Metrozoo shut its doors because it was too cold.

Farther north, more than 160 cold-stunned turtles were found floating in a lagoon near Titusville. More than 200 manatees were swimming in heated water outside a Tampa Bay power plant.

Breen said his town, which raises everything from tropical birds and fish to organic produce and palm trees, was holding on to the little that was left from the cold.

"Everybody is just wiped out. It's that bad," he said.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1418168.html

CM

Yikes, you're STILL not understanding the basic difference between climate and weather.

AcidComments

"Yikes, you're STILL not understanding the basic difference between climate and weather."

Same applies. You lot don't know the basics either then.

Warm weather is often blamed on AGW/CC. Cold weather is usaully just a 'natural event'.

Now Alarmists are blaming this 'cold weather' on Global Warming according to some articles. Yeah right!

CM

Good grief.

John Boy

"Yikes, you're STILL not understanding the basic difference between climate and weather."

That is because the science is not being publicly debated and Joe Average, who wants to understand, has to do his best to educate himself. Not every one without a flash qualification is an idiot just as not everyone with a flash qualification is smart but it seems as though once you have a few letters after your name and work for the IPCC you can act as if your shit don't stink. Its just like the US bankers comparing themselves to movie stars and professional sports people at bonus time - amazing arrogance.

CM

Why adverstise your ignorance though? Anyone can educate themselves without going on a blog and writing sarcastic comments which actually demonstrate they know very little.

AcidComments

"Why adverstise your ignorance though? Anyone can educate themselves without going on a blog and writing sarcastic comments which actually demonstrate they know very little."

CM,

It's obvious you're are also ignorant of the subject like so many Global Warming Hangers on!

Cold Weather Records are nearly always dismissed as natural. Warm Weather Records are nearly always atrributed to Manmade CO2 AGW/CC.

BTW: 3 years in a row of nearly below average winters for parts of the NH is actually about climate anyway. While your beloved Halfwits keep predicting Mild Winters.

Besides. It's great to see how your Beloved Fraud CRU & GISS deliberately artifical pump up the Global Temperatures for place around the Globe where they don't get any real World Ground Based temperature readings from so they substitute temeperatures from the nearest staions over 1200Kms away even though some of those countries having had official temperature reading for some areas for over 20yrs. So they make up their own faked overhyped substitute temperatures to fill in the blanks and your call that science. Yeah Right!

CM

>>>Cold Weather Records are nearly always dismissed as natural. Warm Weather Records are nearly always atrributed to Manmade CO2 AGW/CC.<<<

It only seems like that because you don't understand. It's trends that are important.

>>>BTW: 3 years in a row of nearly below average winters for parts of the NH is actually about climate anyway. While your beloved Halfwits keep predicting Mild Winters.<<<

1. What is a 'nearly below average' winter?
2. Why cherry-pick 'parts of the NH'? It wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that other parts are warmer than usual would it?

>>>Besides. It's great to see how your Beloved Fraud CRU & GISS deliberately artifical pump up the Global Temperatures for place around the Globe where they don't get any real World Ground Based temperature readings from so they substitute temeperatures from the nearest staions over 1200Kms away even though some of those countries having had official temperature reading for some areas for over 20yrs. So they make up their own faked overhyped substitute temperatures to fill in the blanks and your call that science. Yeah Right!<<<

If you're talking about the Darwin example, that's been shown to be yet another denier fallacy. Look a bit wider than WUWT.

AcidComments

"If you're talking about the Darwin example, that's been shown to be yet another denier fallacy. Look a bit wider than WUWT."

NO CM,

It's for Parts of Africa, Russia, South America and even areas in the Arctic region!

CM

>>>It's for Parts of Africa, Russia, South America and even areas in the Arctic region!<<<

Where's your evidence?

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