Dr Taylor claims the figures just don't add up. 'I think it is a bit crazy to speculate about a climate future 50 or 100 years in advance, then guess about how polar bears might respond to this hypothetical climate future, then declare a crisis because the guess was they won't do very well,' said Dr Taylor.
'Especially when the current models don't seem to be able to predict either temperature or sea ice very well so far.'
Dr Mitchell Taylor says 'there no reliable scientific evidence' of decline
'It is not a crisis, just a change that is within the range of historical variation,' he added.
And even if polar bears did suffer a loss of ice, Dr Taylor points out that, as a species, polar bears have survived for four million years and have 'behavioural plasticity'. 'That means they evolved even before the Pleistocene glacial cycles, even before there was perennial sea ice in the Arctic Ocean,' he said.
So far, four storms have gotten names in the Atlantic this year. In records going back to 1851, Sept. 10 is the day when the odds are greatest there will be at least one tropical storm or hurricane somewhere in the Atlantic.
Research shows surprise global warming ‘hiatus’ could have been forecast: [The Guardian] Australian and US climate experts say with new ocean-based modelling tools, the early 2000s warming slowdown was foreseeable. Australian and US researchers have shown that the slowdown in the rate of global warming in the early 2000s, known as a so-called “global warming hiatus”, could have been predicted if today’s tools for decade-by-decade climate forecasting had been available in the 1990s.