By: Steve Goreham
One of the biggest whoppers of Climatism is that polar bears are endangered due to man-made global warming. The World Wildlife Fund raises millions every year to try to save the bear. Coca-cola launches promotional campaigns every winter along with cute commercials in the Super Bowl. But most evidence indicates that polar bear populations are thriving.
According to several sources, global polar bear populations have increased from 8,000–10,000 in 1960 to 22,000–25,000 today. The main reason for the population growth is hunting restrictions adopted by the governments of northern nations during the 1970s. Nevertheless, climate alarmists warn that shrinking arctic ice with destroy the habitat of the bear and endanger its existence.
But detailed scientific studies do not support such alarm. A study of polar bears in the Northern Beaufort Sea, along the north coast of Alaska, was published by the US Geological Survey in 2007. The study was rigorous and extensive, using bear capture, tagging, and electronic collaring to analyze bear habits and estimate populations. Despite the fact that late summer ice declined about 10 percent per decade over the study period, researchers found that the population of bears in the area increased from about 745 in the mid-1970s to 980 in the mid-2000s, an increase of about 30 percent. Since polar bears have existed for tens of thousands of years and have survived past warmer ages, it’s reasonable to conclude that they can adapt to conditions of reduced arctic ice.
Comments by the Inuit people that live near the bear also differ from claims by alarmists. There are now so many bears that they have become pests, breaking into property and creating havoc for local residents. There is no solid evidence that polar bears are endangered, only alarming computer model projections.
Steve is author of three books on energy and climate change with over 100,000 copies in print. He’s a freelance columnist and frequent guest on radio and TV, including Dennis Miller, Sean Hannity, and Fox Business Channel. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. His website: www.stevegoreham.com