'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.'
From 80,000 to 12,000 years ago, when CO2 concentrations lingered near or below 200 ppm, many new or recent studies suggest that when directly comparing region to region, it was as much as 6°C warmer than today even during this ice age period. This has prompted some scientists to “exclude atmospheric pCO2 as a direct driver of SST [sea surface temperature] variations”.
Sean Sublette, a meteorologist at Climate Central, who pointed out that the 1960s through 2010s saw between one and three storms each decade before the June 1 start date on average. It might be tempting to ascribe this earlier season entirely to climate change warming the Atlantic. But technology also has a role to play, with more observations along the coast as well as satellites that can spot storms far out to sea.
“I would caution that we can’t just go, ‘hah, the planet’s warming, we’ve had to move the entire season!’” Sublette said. “I don’t think there’s solid ground for attribution of how much of one there is over the other. Weather folks can sit around and debate that for awhile.” Earlier storms don’t necessarily mean more harmful ones, either.
"Hotter long-term temperatures have already had a negative impact on the diet diversity of children all across the world. The researchers found that hotter temperatures, both long-term averages and short-term anomalies, were significantly correlated with low diet diversity in five of the six regions studied."