'The study, published by the Wildlife Management Advisory Council, came from interviews with 75 hunters in all six Inuvialuit communities over a three-year period. It found traditional knowledge holders in the region say the bears are healthy and their population is stable.'
Zoologist Dr. Susan J. Crockford is a zoologist calls claims 'political posturing' by activists. 'The newest population estimate is based on data only [UK Guardian's Goldenberg] has seen' - 'It doesn’t matter how often Suzanne Goldenberg keeps repeating the lie that the ice-free season in Hudson Bay is steadily lengthening – it doesn’t make it so' - It’s better to get in bed with an activist environmental reporter who can generate headlines than to publish the data and let it speak for itself? Why are polar bear researchers still withholding data, if the stakes are so high?'
NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams warned of 'the habitat of the polar bears melting earlier and faster than ever' and promised 'a jaw-dropping look at a way of life quickly disappearing.' -- a sound bite ran of Steve Amstrup, chief scientist of Polar Bears International proclaiming: "Liken it to the passengers on the Titanic. It didn't matter how many people were on the Titanic or how well they were doing, when the Titanic slipped beneath the waves and they lost their habitat, that was it. Polar bears will also go away because of their dependence on the sea ice."
Dr. Susan Crockford: 'It’s certainly true that there has been markedly less ice at the end of the summer than there was 20 years ago but the amount of summer ice is irrelevant to polar bears – and research by polar bear biologists themselves shows this to be true...Polar bear populations need to studied, monitored and managed, but surely this can be done without the hysteria promoted by Polar Bears International and the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group.'
(Reuters) - "Scientists say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States, after lightning struck at a square near the White House, leaving three people dead and one other in critical condition."