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"There are about 25,000 polar bears across Canada’s Arctic. “That’s likely the highest [population level] there has ever been.”

Healthy Polar Bear Count Confounds Doomsayers

By Dr. Benny Peiser —— Bio and Archives--April 5, 2012

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The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing. The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. The study shows that “the bear population is not in crisis as people believed,” said Drikus Gissing, Nunavut’s director of wildlife management. “There is no doom and gloom.” He said the media in southern Canada has led people to believe polar bears are endangered. “They are not.” He added that there are about 25,000 polar bears across Canada’s Arctic. “That’s likely the highest [population level] there has ever been.”—Paul Waldie, The Globe and Mail, 5 April 2012

A recent aerial survey of Western Hudson Bay polar bears shows the population has increased slightly to about 1,000 animals, according to the Government of Nunavut. A 2006 study hypothesized that if the climate continued to warm, the polar bear population would decline. “If I could convey one message here, it’s that polar bears are not endangered,” Drikus Gissing, director of wildlife with the Government of Nunavut, said. “And this confirms it. They are not endangered. There are concerns about the effects of global warming, but they are not endangered.”—Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 5 April 2012

Sir David Attenborough is one of this country’s finest journalists, and a great expert on animal life. Unfortunately, however, when it comes to global warming he seems to prefer sensation to objectivity. Had he wished to be objective, he would have pointed out that, while satellite observations do indeed confirm that the extent of arctic sea ice has been declining over the past 30 years, the same satellite observations show that, overall, Antarctic sea ice has been expanding over the same period. Had he wished to be objective, he would have pointed out that the polar bear population has not been falling, but rising.—Nigel Lawson, BBC Radio Times, 29 November 2011

Emissions from international flights and shipping must be part of Britain’s target to cut greenhouse gases, climate advisors say. The Committee on Climate Change has called for both sectors to be formally included in the government’s plans to cut pollution. David Kennedy, the committee’s chief executive, said: ‘There isn’t any valid reason why the government should reject the advice we’re giving. ‘If they were to do so, that would mean rolling back their commitment to build a low-carbon economy.’ But Benny Peiser, from the Global Warming Policy Foundation, said: ‘Further unilateral targets would undermine Britain’s economy and recovery. ‘I don’t think there is any chance of the CCC getting listened to on this.’—Metro News, 5 April 2012

An elderly woman was ordered to find a new GP because the “carbon footprint” of her two-mile round trips to the surgery where she had been treated for 30 years was too large.Avril Mulcahy, 83, was told to address the “green travelling issues” over her journeys from her home in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, to the West Road Surgery. The surgery wrote to Mrs Mulcahy, telling her to register with a new GP within 28 days. The letter said: “Our greatest concern is for your health and convenience but also taking into consideration green travelling issues. Re: Carbon footprints and winter weather conditions, we feel it would be advisable for patients to register at surgeries nearer to where they live. We would be very grateful if you could make the necessary arrangements to re-register at another practice.”—The Daily Telegraph, 3 April 2012

At Rio +20, the UN activists hope to change the direction of world economic policy-making. Production goals and measures based on dollars and yen are out. Happiness measures are in. It’s as if the high priests of Occupy the Planet and the Green Apocalypse — having run their old socialist and environmental engines into the ground — have stumbled across a new set of rationalizations and slogans. –Terence Corcoran, National Post, 3 April 2012

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