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Thursday
Sep272012

Polar bear science

A new entry in the blogroll is Polar Bear Science

Here you’ll find polar bear science without advocacy, fearmongering or spin. Most importantly, there will be no predictions about the future of polar bears!

I am a zoologist with more than 35 years experience, including published work on the Holocene history of Arctic animals. I am currently an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Sounds good to me.

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Reader Comments (14)

It is rather interesting and very readable.

Did you know that the Arctic scientist's definition of "Thin Ice" is up to 4 feet thick ?

http://polarbearscience.com/2012/08/28/record-low-sea-ice-extent-and-what-it-means-for-polar-bears/

Sep 27, 2012 at 8:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterNicL

I think it would be great for the polar bears if we transport a hundred breeding pairs to the Antarctic. It might not be good for penguins, but it would be great for the bears...until the penguins run out, of course.

Sep 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen Coffman

Seems like a sensible person.

Sep 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Here's a site giving good unbiased information (as far as I can tell). I didn't know just how many Polar Bears had been "harvested" by various groups of people.

This post is worth a read "Another polar bear advocate writes a book:" that's one book not on my Christmas list:)

What's Greenpeace going to say, they won't be happy with him.

Sep 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Good link. Provides interesting references to arctic issues.

Sep 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhilip Finck

Ken Coffman,

If you project the current expansion of polar bears as the IPCC does climate, you wouldn't have to transport them, they will get there on their own.

BTW, great site for polar bears, too bad there are no comments. Thanks for the heads up.

Sep 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterJeff Norman

Interesting site, thanks for the link.

"The Bear Necessities"?

Sep 27, 2012 at 9:02 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Pangnirtung capitalizes on climate change

The fishing’s good and the view sure helps

Inuit also remain mistrustful of alarmist warnings as a result of controversial claims several years ago that polar bear populations were shrinking due to predation and climate change, a claim that defied local experience, and scientific evidence, as it turned out.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/gerald-flood-feature-a11-sept-26-171306741.html

Sep 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

Thanks for the lead to the new site - had a quick look around and seems pretty interesting. The post on polar bears killed by whalers from 1880 to 1930 was an eye opener.
I can't help but wonder that the reason the blog-author is only an adjunct professor is her inability to "drink the kool aid" with the mainstream grant-swilling tenured faculty. Her blog postings to date on the inconvenient details of polar bear survival of past episodes of climate change, early 20th century population fluctuations through hunting and book reviews of advocacy science, lead me to suspect she will still be commuting by bus for years to come.

Sep 28, 2012 at 1:44 AM | Unregistered Commenternvw

Hi all,
Many thanks to the good Bishop for "exposing" my new blog and adding it to his blog roll.

And thanks to those of you who sent me comments through my "comments and tips" form. Note that I am happy to send along pdfs of references cited if I have them - just ask, throught the "reference request" form.

And "nvw" - I'm an adjunct professor by preference. I run a very successful contracting company that pays as well or better than a faculty position - and I get to be my own boss.

kind regards

Susan

Sep 28, 2012 at 2:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterSusan C.

I wonder what they taste like?
If we could get them on the menu there would be millions of the buggers,polar bear farms the world over.
I must email the good colonel and Ronald macdonald;)

Sep 28, 2012 at 4:22 AM | Unregistered Commenterbanjo

'I wonder what they taste like?'

Bit like bald eagle or red squirrel, I would imagine?

Sep 28, 2012 at 8:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterChuckles

Bishop:
Both Stirling and Desrochers are well known climate alarmists would have bolstered the "polar bears are drowning/disappearing because of CAGW" narrative with unpublished/non-archived "data" [Mann, Forest Thompson and a few others come to mind].
Canadian government stats and "boots on the ground" information provided by local Inuit hunters show that with the exception of one sub group, polar bear populations in the Arctic are doing very well, indeed.

Sep 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM | Unregistered Commentertetris

Since, as the good judgement of Elinor Glynn attests , polar bear pelts afford even less comfortable repose than tiger skins, it's a wonder anyone wastes a bullet on the creatures.

Their management ought to be left to the seal pup clubbing classes with whom they compete in the free market food chain.

Given the unique status of Ursus polaris as a form of amphibious seafood the clubbers might channel the bears into the late Reverend Moon's wholesale sushi monopoly , as a guilt-free whale subsitiute, with the added frisson of offering a form of foi gras as dangerous as fugu to consume.

Oct 1, 2012 at 7:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

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