The pitiable polar bear, as a species, has been trapped on a metaphorical ice floe ever since Al Gore’s Oscar winning 2007 slide show pegged them as doomed due to manmade climate change.
But a funny thing happened on the way to extinction – the polar bears have stubbornly refused to die. In fact, a recent study from the Cambridge University Press suggests that, far from collapsing, the vibrant polar bear population may be a little too vibrant for the Inuits who have to live alongside them.
“All participants reported having more bear encounters in recent years than in the past,” according to Page 5 of the study, quoting members of the Inuit population who state that they “rarely see unhealthy bears” and that “there’s too many polar bears now.”
Despite what Al Gore would have you believe, polar bears are doing just fine
This is hardly news. A paper published by the journal Ecology and Evolution was released in 2016, and it stated the researchers “do not find support for the perspective that polar bears within or shared with Canada are currently in any sort of climate crisis.” That’s an inconvenient truth, certainly, but only for alarmists eager to use the fictional plight of the polar bear to gin up support for drastic and ineffective measures to set the world’s thermostat by means of deindustrialization.
Indeed, it’s a truth so inconvenient to the climate change watchdogs that, at the end of last month, they published their own paper in an attempt to quash it. Titled “Internet Blogs, Polar Bears and Climate-Change Denial by Proxy,” the article published in the American Institute of Biological Sciences journal “Bioscience” doesn’t refute the research showing that polar bears are doing just fine, but rather to kill the insufficiently-alarmist messengers.
The piece takes issue with the credentials and the credibility of the researchers who claim the polar bears aren’t doomed, while largely skirting the issue of whether or not their conclusions are accurate. The researchers under attack are not taking any of this lying down and have fought back with a series of letters and blog posts that ensure that PolarBearGate isn’t going to go away anytime soon.
You know, kind of like the polar bears themselves.