Polar Bears Doing Fine in the Sunshine?
Via Lucianne.com, I found this from the Telegraph. The National Post had a similar front page commentary piece the other day when I was up there. It seems that the polar-poster critters of global warming are indeed thriving:
A survey of the animals’ numbers in Canada’s eastern Arctic has revealed that they are thriving, not declining, because of mankind’s interference in the environment.
In the Davis Strait area, a 140,000-square kilometre region, the polar bear population has grown from 850 in the mid-1980s to 2,100 today.
“There aren’t just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears,” said Mitch Taylor, a polar bear biologist who has spent 20 years studying the animals.
His findings back the claims of Inuit hunters who have long claimed that they were seeing more bears.
If you read the whole thing, you’ll find the usual fog, attacking the motives behind the study etc. The experts think the western Hudson Bay bears are declining because of global warming, but the increasing bears elsewhere have nothing to do with global warming. I don’t know why bear populations are declining or increasing here or there. But I am tired of always hearing everything bad is the result of global warming and everything good has nothing to do with it. The question I’d like answered is: If the polar numbers are indeed rising from global warming, should we take measures to cull their numbers? If nothing good can come from global warming that should be the only remedy.