So what gives? Is the Polar Bear becoming extinct because of Global Warming or not? Moreover is this a well-orchestrated scam to once again create another well-funded cottage industry by the left?
A new book just published claims that the number of Polar Bears — rather than decreasing in number due to Global Warming — may have actually quadrupled in number within the last half-century.
Susan Crockford, a Canadian zoologist, said in a statement Tuesday on her book’s release, “My scientific estimates make perfect sense and they tally with what the Inuit and other Arctic residents are seeing on the ground,”
Crockford’s new book titled “The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened” chronicles the Polar Bears population from the 1960s as roughly 10,000 to over 40,000 today, virtually quadrupling in size.
Emphasizing that those dire predictions by so-called experts over a decade ago never materialized, and in fact, Polar Bears are thriving.
Crockford, who’s also an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia continued, “Almost everywhere polar bears come into contact with people, they are much more common than they used to be. It’s a wonderful conservation success story.”
The author through her personal blog has also questioned the validity and perhaps more importantly the motives of those who have for decades predicated dire warnings concerning the survival of the Polar Bear, emphasizing that the polar bear population within the last 15-years as risen or stabilized, despite the fact that sea ice levels have declined faster than experts predicted.
Some of those experts like Steven Amstrup and Ian Stirling have gone on the attack to personally discredit Crockford, by publishing a “study” describing her as part of a web of “deniers” that spread false information about science, labeling her findings as misinformation.
However, the “study” by the two experts had a number of inaccuracies, in which both Amstrup and Stirling were forced to correct basic factual information.
Crockford said in a statemen:
“A few unscrupulous people have been trying to destroy my reputation. But the facts are against them, and they have failed.”
The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG), estimates that the number of polar bears number around 25,000, citing that figure is a “reasonable range in numbers,” however far from a firm figure.
Crockford however as a different theory in regards to estimating the number of polar bears to perhaps comport with the “experts’ in low-balling the number for political expediency, obviously her theory hasn’t earned her many friends within the scientific community.
Moreover who could forget former Vice President Al Gore’s heart-wrenching documentary in 2006 titled “An Inconvenient Truth,” depicting polar bears swimming for their lives, and announcing that Arctic sea ice melting would bring the polar bear to the brink of extinction.
Remarkably that single film sprang the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) into action, listing polar bears as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 2008, making it the first species to be listed over future worries about global warming.
The domino effect soon followed with millions of government dollars being poured into scientific research, as experts in 2007 predicted that the polar bear populations could decline by nearly 70% due to projected Arctic ice melt within the next decade.
However when sea ice declines outpaced model projections, and the polar bear population didn’t dramatically decline, something seemed amiss. Could science have got it all wrong?
Perhaps the answer lies with the natural order of things as explained by Crockford in her book.
“Abundant prey and adequate sea ice in spring and early summer since 2007 appear to explain why global polar bear numbers have not declined, as might have been expected as a result of low summer sea ice levels.”
Moreover, according to a 2016 study by U.S. Geological Survey and University of Alaska-Fairbanks researchers have evidence that polar bears survived ice-free periods over the last 1.5 million years ago… are you listening Al?