by William D. Balgord
The following report should serve as the coup de gras for demolishing the lame arguments behind the EPA endangerment finding. That watershed policy action relied on a false assumption that the polar bear is, or soon would be, threatened with extinction as a result of rapid climate change (viz., thinning ice in its Arctic habitat) in turn being forced by man-made greenhouse gases.
According to a growing list of recent studies and contrary to popular opinion, the polar bear species is alive and well in its accustomed haunts across northern Canada and other portions of its range.
The time for the red team/blue team public airing of this and other sensitive issues that the climate alarmist community relies on to advance its agenda is now.
That’s the message from Kenneth Richard’s recent post at NoTricksZone:
2 New Papers: 92% Of Polar Bear Subpopulations Stable, Increasing…Inuit Observe ‘Too Many Polar Bears Now’
Inuit: Bears ‘Catch Seals Even If The Ice Is Really Thin’
Scientists: ‘Unlikely Polar Bears Are At Risk From AGW’
Image source: York et al., 2016, Journal of Ecology and Evolution.
Most of the world’s polar bears live in Canada. Hunters and elders from northern Canada’s native communities have been immersed in studying polar bear ecology for centuries.
In two new peer-reviewed papers published in the journals Ecology and Evolutionand Polar Record, scientists record the observations and experiences of Canada’s polar bear “experts” — the community members who live side-by-side with these “sea bears” (Ursus maritimus).
According to scientists, no study has indicated that there is reason to presume that the perspectives of community observers are either suspect or incorrect. In fact, there have been multiple occasions when traditional ecological knowledge gleaned from local populations accurately identified polar bear subpopulation trends before new scientific studies could be conducted to corroborate them (York et al., 2016).
The overwhelming conclusion from years of accumulated conversations with native populations about polar bears is that there is almost no connection between the long-term observations of polar bear ecology and the more recent claims that polar bears as a species are in grave danger due to climate change and thinning sea ice.
In fact, the long-term observations suggest that polar bear subpopulations are currently faring quite well, with 92% of the subpopulations studied either remaining stable or growing in recent years.
According to Inuit observers, there may even be “too many” bears now. … [Read the rest.]
Yup, “too many” bears now—by the estimate of the Inuit in whose economies the bears play a significant role.