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December 2012 issue





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This is a different story to the exaggerated one told by Andy Derocher in 2010, when he said polar bear population in western Hudson Bay could die out in approximately 25 to 30 years.

Submitted by Earthling on Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Yes a nice balanced article and really highlights overall we really don't know what is going on. Those interested in what is happening to the sea ice can go to the NSIDC website. It seems that the ice is actually doing OK too so the polar bear should be safe for a while yet.

Submitted by Don on Friday, December 5, 2014


A wonderful article stating facts (not just speculation) for both sides. I'd also like to add that I had seen a documentary about the polar bears prey. Seals and such go to the ice to breed. When the ice is not there, where do they go? To the land to wait for the ice. Where are the bears? On the land of course. Think about it.

Submitted by Cris on Saturday, September 13, 2014


Very interesting article. Of interest, this site offers some very balanced information about the polar bear issue, take a look (I am in no way affiliated with the site) - http://polarbearscience.com/

Thanks for this great article

Submitted by Roger on Wednesday, June 4, 2014


The Daily Mail reports (28 Sep 13) "The poster boys of climate change thrive in the icy Arctic: Polar bears defy concerns about their extinction•Polar bear populations have stablised and may even be increasing
•This is despite dire predictions of 70 per cent decline in numbers by 2050
•One resident of Alaskan village says 'this has been a great year for bears'"
The IPCC admits that nearly half of the bear populations are growing, and the population data on the rest is either sketchy or totally inadequate to determine rates of change.

Submitted by Tom on Monday, June 2, 2014


Excellent article, balanced and fair. I knew it was a complex issue but didn't know how complex. Many thanks to the author.

Submitted by Simon Loveday on Saturday, March 29, 2014


Excellent article.

Submitted by Alec on Friday, December 6, 2013


Good article. The mark and recapture study suggesting bears were endangered around the Beaufort Sea did not fully account for the fact many collared bears did not die but had left the study. http://landscapesandcycles.net/how-science-counts-bears.html Furthermore most studies show less ice improves the whole food web, and in heavy ice years the seals suffer. http://landscapesandcycles.net/less-arctic-ice-can-be-beneficial.html

Submitted by Jim Steele on Thursday, October 3, 2013


If human beings would reproduce like polar bears, the world would be a much more beautiful place.

It is tragic that the human species said to be the superior species, will go down in history as the inferior species that killed all others species on the planet, because of our greed and prolific overbreeding.

Future generations will look at polar bear rugs, and heads hung on walls and wonder why their ancestors destroyed the beautiful planet we were given.

CANADA should ban polar bear trophy hunting NOW. And the people in the world should demand they do.

Submitted by rita de ferrary on Monday, September 9, 2013


Decent article, tells a little of both sides.
For the part on the Western Hudson Bay Pop (around Churchill) the recent reports claim an increase over past reports. Then they say
"The sea ice in Hudson Bay is now breaking up two to three weeks earlier than it did three decades ago. And since a bear on land is easier to spot from a helicopter than a bear on the ice, catastrophically early ice breakup may have just made the bears more visible. By that logic, a higher count could actually be evidence that the bears are doing worse."
So they are using Bad science in the past to say that the science now is also bad? am i the only one to get a kick out of this and think it is ridiculess.

Submitted by part of the 0% on Friday, November 30, 2012












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