A prominent Canadian zoologist has suggested that scientists may be hiding a spate of good news on polar bears.
In the State of the Polar Bear Report 2019, published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) on International Polar Bear Day, Dr. Susan Crockford explains the publication of population counts for several Arctic regions have been long overdue.
Data on the body condition of female bears and survival of cubs in Western Hudson Bay have not been published in over 25 years, despite claims that these are key measures of the impact of climate change on bears.
According to Dr. Crockford, this may well be because the data do not support claims of disaster for the bears.
Dr. Crockford also says that sea ice conditions for Western and Southern Hudson Bay bears have been excellent in recent years.
“It can hardly be claimed that lack of sea ice is causing Western and Southern Hudson Bay polar bear numbers to decline as a result of poor cub survival and reduced weights of adult females when breakup and freeze-up dates have been so advantageous for the last three years,” Dr. Crockford said.
The report also looks at recent incidents when two Russian Arctic towns were visited by polar bears and suggestions that 2019 was the year of the polar bear ‘invasion’.
The lives of local residents were certainly threat