Leave it to HuffPo to regurgitate old debunked babbling points
These polar bears look ready for a swim — but there is more to the story.
While this footage is stunning, its message is quite somber. Eventually, the bears reach land, but do not find ice. There’s a reason for this. Polar bears need sea ice to hunt seals — but, because of climate change, this ice is melting.
This may have drastic consequences for the future of the species, who are currently listed as vulnerable on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.
“Due to their long generation time and the current greater speed of global warming, it seems unlikely that polar bear will be able to adapt to the current warming trend in the Arctic,” the IUCN explains.
If climatic trends continue, polar bears face a significant population decline this century.
Well, yes, but, no.
No, the polar bears are not in danger. They can live on, or off ice. And, they’re thriving quite well. As many already know, recently, the crazies who were counting the polar bears have been low-balling the numbers for years. But, we all already knew that.
“As part of past status reports, the PBSG has traditionally estimated a range for the total number of polar bears in the circumpolar Arctic,” PBSG says in its proposed footnote. “Since 2005, this range has been 20-25,000. It is important to realize that this range never has been an estimate of total abundance in a scientific sense, but simply a qualified guess given to satisfy public demand.”
“It is also important to note that even though we have scientifically valid estimates for a majority of the subpopulations, some are dated,” PBSG continues. “Furthermore, there are no abundance estimates for the Arctic Basin, East Greenland, and the Russian subpopulations.”
I went over this a couple of years ago.
But, what about the melting ice?
Here’s the last ten years.
It’s pretty much been the same for the last ten years.