Death of a Climate Icon: The polar bear’s demise as a useful poster child

Last week I asked: “What’s causing the death of the polar bear as a climate change icon?”

I was echoing the conclusion of a commentator at the Arctic Institute (22 August 2017) who lamented: “The polar bear is dead, long live the polar bear” and climate scientist Michael Mann, who told a lecture audience a few months ago that polar bears are no longer useful for generating “action” on climate change.

Crockford 2017_Slide 15 screencap

This is slide 15 from my presentation at ICCC-12 in Washington, D.C. in March 2017.

Now here’s the video. Watch “The Death of a Climate Icon” (31 August 2017):

The video was made possible with the assistance of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Kind of makes you wonder: is Al Gore’s recent climate change movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, tanking at the box office because he couldn’t include polar bears as an example of the effects of human-caused global warming as he did in his award-winning 2007 effort? Did too many polar bears doom Gore’s 2017 movie?

Conclusions in the video about the predictions of polar bear decline vs. the current status of polar bears and sea ice are documented in my 2017 published paper:

Crockford, S.J. 2017. Testing the hypothesis that routine sea ice coverage of 3-5 mkm2 results in a greater than 30% decline in population size of polar bears (Ursus maritimus). PeerJ Preprints 19 January 2017. Doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.2737v1 Open access. https://peerj.com/preprints/2737/

Crockford 2017 sea ice graphic

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    Sonnyhill

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    Stupid Warmists couldn’t get the Polar Bears to play along. No “White Lives Matter” . No cultural appropriation. No loss of habitat compensation claims. Any polar bear would p!ss on a pipeline for a six pack of baby seals.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Like those idiots from Greenpeace running around dressed as polar-bears the eater of little baby seals the eater of little goslings as well i saw this film showing a polar-bear eating little goslings until the skuas and Arctic Terns chased it away and one of this biggist hoaxes it cartoons show penguins and Polar-Bears living in the same location

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    G

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    Regardless of what the climate left chooses to replace their polar bears, be assured that the new poster child will NOT be able to speak for itself. The key requirement is an image that is bendable to the ever-changing fictions of the left, and never anyone who could object to their distorted and untruthful portrayals.

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      Sonnyhill

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      Seems to me that progressives supported the erstwhile “theory ” of evolution, and mocked the religious conservatives for clinging to the book of Genesis. Has evolution stopped? For the human race, yes. Society ensures our proliferation. The rest of planet Earth is well equipped to cope with any change in climate, sea level, ice cover,etc.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Like Al Bore and the so called drowning Polar Bear just was one of the Big Fat Lies he was yammering about in his fake film AA INCONVENT TRUTH(His Truth not the Real Truth)and his fake book EARTH I THE BALANCE(With his Thumb on the Scale)Al Bore is Con-man and Snake Oil Salesman

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