Good News For Polar Bears. BAD News For Global Warming Lunatics

Almost every day now, we see, and read more evidence of the absence of global warming, and it’s (GASP) devastating effects on my beloved polar bears. (sarcasm off)

I would say the furry critters are doing well, as Dr. Susan Crockford from polarbearscience.com illustrates for us.

 

Many polar bears cubs seen in Svalbard this year, says Norwegian biologist

Good news from Norway: polar bears around Svalbard are in excellent condition this spring and many females with new cubs have been spotted. This is a marked turn around from conditions just last year.

 Roy Mangersnes / Wildphoto

Someone toss them some moonbats and Cokes !!!!

Roy Mangersnes / Wildphoto

According to a Norwegian news outlet yesterday, Jon Aars (Fig. 1, below), from the Norwegian Polar Institute, confirms that this has been an excellent year for polar bear cubs around Svalbard because there has been abundant sea ice near denning areas on the east coast.

Figure 1. Biologist Jon Aars with a Svalbard cub.

In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster Sigrid Agnethe Hansen (23 June 2015), polar bear biologist Jon Aars from the Norwegian Polar Institute said (via Google Translate and some inference on my part for a few words):

“Last year [2014] in autumn we saw that there was more ice, particularly in denning areas. And throughout the year the ice conditions have held up good… It has been an excellent year, with a lot of ice. It appears that there are many females in good condition that have cubs of the year, and the cubs appear to be in good shape…. Many of the females we saw this year had cubs, and it is natural to believe that the abundance of ice exerted a positive effect. It may be a little difficult to say they [the bears?] are completely safe, as we can not always explain all the variation we see. But it is safe to say [?], that a bad ice year can contribute to the reason why the count of cubs are poor [or low].” [my bold]

Read the whole thing here, in Norwegian [note “isår” is “ice year”; Google Translate offered me “Hungarians” for the word “ungar” which made for an amusing read until I figured out the right word was “cubs” – strictly speaking, “young ones” (as in, “mothers with cubs” rather than “mothers with Hungarians”). Many thanks to Bjorn L. for passing this along with a few translation tips]  More photos of Svalbard polar bears here.

Fig. 3 below shows sea ice maps for the fall of 2014 and the fall of 2013 (1 November). It is clear why most pregnant females apparently moved east to Franz Josef Land (discussed here) in the fall of 2013, where ice was more abundant – in 2013 there was no ice around the denning areas on the east coast of Svalbard. They had little choice but to go to Franz Josef Land or make their dens on the sea ice (as many females in the Barents Sea do on a regular basis).

Figure 2. Barents Sea ice coverage at 1 November 2013 (top) and 2014 (bottom). Click to enlarge.

That would explain why few females with cubs were seen in the spring of 2014 around Svalbard – most mothers pregnant with cubs had moved to Franz Josef Land, so that’s where the cubs would have been born. Based on interviews with Jon Aars, media outlets (e.g. the Guardian, 28 May 2014 and CBC, 29 May 2014) made this phenomenon sound like a catastrophe that could only get worse.

One short year later, it’s a completely different story with a very happy ending. The improved ice conditions over last year are almost certainly due to the recent change in state of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) [more here] with perhaps some influence from the newly-described Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), which tends to affect sea ice from November to January (Henderson et al. 2014).1

Such natural variations in sea ice conditions that occur outside the summer season (and which are strong enough to negatively affect local polar bear populations) are the topic of my recent Arctic Fallacy paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (Crockford 2015).

Time will tell if the Guardian and the CBC are as eager to report the positive change this year.

[Note, this is the same Jon Aars who gave numerous media interviews a couple of weeks ago regarding the phenomenon of a Svalbard polar bear eating a white-beaked dolphin in April 2014 that got hyped around the world. Somehow, the pronounced turn-around in sea ice conditions that was in progress at the time the dolphin eating occurred (Svalbard had average or above-average sea ice from early August onward, Fig. 3 below) did not enter into the story – if Aars mentioned it, the media didn’t report it.]

Figure 3. Sea ice extent at 5 August 2014. Almost everywhere except Svalbard was below average.

As I keep saying, it is amazing NOTHING is cooperating with the institutional global warming moonbats’ narrative. And THAT is a GOOD thing.

Maybe, SOMEDAY they will realize just WHO and WHAT is calling the shots. And it AIN’T them.

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CLYDE. Loving it when NATURE shows these fools up.

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11 Responses to Good News For Polar Bears. BAD News For Global Warming Lunatics

  1. CW says:

    I just don’t understand how it could be that there has been abundant sea ice this year and a thriving polar bear population when the leftists haven’t finished rescuing us from the dreaded “climate change” crisis by micromanaging the world’s energy use.

    Scratching my head….

    • Clyde says:

      Don’t scratch too hard. Lest you look like you been scalped trying to figure these loons out. Nothing more complicated than their lust for money and power, and DAMN the facts, CW. Good comment, thanks.

  2. Grouchy says:

    Thank God I don’t have a wooden head. I’d have splinters embedded underneath all my fingernails, from scratching it in puzzlement over the idiocy of the moonbat generation.

  3. Uriel says:

    Greed and agenda. Two great motivators to get said things that will further a special interest’s agenda. Nature takes care of itself in its own time and way, including shifting life around.

  4. gunnyginalaska says:

    If we fed them liberals, they’d turn into nice fat bears and then nice rugs.

    • Clyde says:

      I love the idea, Guns. Thanks for stopping by. All we need to do is make sure the bears have enough Cokes to wash the shitsacks down, and Rolaids for the resultant heartburn the poor bastards will get.

  5. Hardnox says:

    We should start calling these Global Warmers/Climate Change assholes flat-earthers. To them it’s a religion. Facts, reality, world history, and consequences don’t matter. In the end they will blame us anyway and move on to some other narrative. In the meantime it’s us paying the freight for their lunacy.

    I hope when we get a president Perry, Cruz, or Walker these charlatans get locked up and charged with “crimes against humanity”

    • Clyde says:

      I like just calling them assholes, Boss. Flat Earthers denotes SOME thinking, and these morons lack the capability.

  6. vonmesser says:

    As my (very) liberal friend who I’ve known and liked for 40 years said just today:

    And, unfortunately, most of the GOP’s grassroots adherents, if shown absolutely scientific (or accounting) proof of something the GOP denies, would refuse to believe it anyway, because they’d rather believe something that panders to their preconceptions than actually think about it.

    I am trying to get her to show me some “absolutely scientific” proof.