Polar Bear Population Is Rising, Despite Green Fears

Polar bears are much more resilient to changing levels of sea ice than environmentalists previously believed, and numerous healthy populations are thriving.

Predictions that bears would die due to a lack of sea ice have continuously not come to pass. A new study by Canadian scientists found “no evidence” polar bears are currently threatened by global warming.

“We see reason for concern, but find no reliable evidence to support the contention that polar bears are currently experiencing a climate crisis,” Canadian scientists wrote in their study, published in Ecology and Evolution.

Polar bears became an icon for environmentalists who claimed that melting Arctic sea ice could kill thousands of bears. Former Vice President Al Gore heavily promoted this viewpoint by featuring polar bears swimming for their lives and drowning in his 2006 film on global warming.

Fears about global warming’s impact on polar bears even spurred the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to say that the bear was “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 2008. Polar bears were the first species to be listed over possibly being harmed in the future by global warming.

Scientists, however, have increasingly been questioning alarmists as there are way more polar bears alive today than 40 years ago.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Al Gore made lots of predictions. More hurricanes like Katrina but there’s been far fewer and none like Katrina. More tornadoes but there’s been fewer. We needed to act immediately before it’s too late. Blah blah blah .

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    Amber

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    The biggest danger to Polar Bears isn’t humans shooting them
    it’s the possibility of freezing and starving .
    Somehow Polar Bears have survived nicely through warmer periods and I’d be willing to bet can outlast humans who don’t really enjoy minus – 30 .
    Global warming promoters picked the wrong mascot and besides most animals ,including humans , do better in a warmer world .
    Obama holidays in Hawaii not Alaska for a reason .

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    Sonnyhill

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    Truth is,a cold climate does a good job sorting out winners and losers. The Polar bear is one example. Northern societies learned how to hunt and preserve food for the long winter (or perish) while equatorial societies lived off low hanging fruit . I’m not afraid to say so, either. Political correctness is in its death throes.

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