The top of a February 27 Google News search for “climate change” linked to a Live Science story titled, “Polar bear photos: Stunning shot capture Earth’s icons of climate change.” The article noted that February 27 is International Polar Bear Day. That means children all over the world will be coming home from school retelling the global warming propaganda they learned and how horrible it is that global warming is driving polar bears extinct. Here, however, is the real truth:
On the website Polar Bear Science, Canadian polar bear scientist Susan Crockford reports there are approximately 40,000 polar bears in the Arctic. That number has substantially increased since at least the 1960s. Most likely, the current number of polar bears is triple that of the 1960s, Crockford explains.
Polar bears are one of the few creatures who can take advantage of Arctic sea ice, but their numbers are not in danger unless there is much-more-than-expected loss of sea ice in winter months.
As Crockford observes, “Examine the evidence and you will see that claims of polar bears going extinct are simply not true. So far, the response of polar bears to recent ice loss suggests that they will continue to thrive with even less summer ice than there has been in recent years as long as ice in winter (December-March) and spring (April-June) remains reasonably abundant, as has been the case to date.”
So, when Junior comes home worried about losing all the cute polar bears after being indoctrinated at school, remind him that polar bears eat baby seals. Also remind him that polar bear populations have been rising through the roof in recent decades as the Earth modestly warms.