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December 2012 issue

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@Cris:" 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."
Seals can swim as far as they have to, to find ice. Polar bears can`t (they`re good swimmers, but not as good as seals). Most importantly, females with cubs are less mobile (and more vulnerable) than males. If other species than the mostly too big to catch walruses give birth on land, the pups will be sitting ducks: Harp seal pups f.ex. are not able to swim until they are about two months old. Great for the bears for a while, but hardly a sustainable situation in the long run. As long as there is an ice sheet in March and April when the pups need it the most, the seals will reach it. The bears might not. Think about it some more.

Submitted by Jens on Sunday, March 8, 2015

Thank you for a balanced article on a truly ravel'd topic.

Submitted by Lobo on Saturday, March 7, 2015

so guess what the human population is thriving.. but by 2050 there is going to be a serious collapse due mainly to GHG emissions impacts.

Polar collapse will probably proceed human collapse.

Submitted by Paul on Friday, January 16, 2015

Excellent Article, if only our lives were beautiful as a polar bear's soft crystal white fur :)

Submitted by Kavya on Monday, December 29, 2014

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) -

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

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