The media promote this ‘polar bear who died of climate change’ rubbish because it’s good for business but there is no evidence to support it. The Daily Mail todayis running a piece that encourages the self-serving, sensationalist claim made by a photographer trying to sell his book.
Read the whole thing here but remember this: the leading cause of death for all polar bears is starvation, in part because they have no natural enemies. Polar bears die of starvation every year, with or without ‘climate change.’
This bear might have died of starvation but that does not mean global warming is to blame. It’s bad enough when it’s a leading polar bear biologist making such a ridiculous claim but there is no reason at all to take the scientifically baseless word of Sebastian Copeland on this matter.
Previous posts where I have addressed similar claims:
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Upward trend continues ((despite rising CO2)) …
Needless to say, “Ice Free” never happened. It is true that in the last ten years, August and September monthly extents declined slightly, but the other ten months have increased more than twice as much. So the over all trend has been slightly upward.
Here is the current image from NASA:
Figure 2: Color-coded map of the daily sea ice concentration in the Northern Hemisphere for the indicated recent date along with the contours of the 15% edge during the years with the least extent of ice (in red) and the greatest extent of ice (in yellow) during the period from November 1978 to the present. The extents in km2 for the current and for the years of minimum and maximum extents are provided below the image. The different shades of gray over land indicate the land elevation with the lightest gray being the highest elevation. Source: NASA
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