Now Polar Bears Are Threatened by Too Much Ice

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Everyone is worried about the polar bears. Are they getting not enough ice, too much ice? Meanwhile the polar bears have managed to survive for quite a long time without anyone worrying about them.

And they’re going to keep right on doing it. Unlike the Warmists who occasionally stop by in a ship, rub their gloves together, take a few photos and go home, polar bears can adapt to changing conditions.

Five meters of ice– about 16 feet thick – is threatening the survival of polar bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea region along Alaska’s Arctic coast, according to Dr. Susan J. Crockford, an evolutionary biologist in British Columbia who has studied polar bears for most of her 35-year career.

That’s because the thick ice ridges could prevent ringed seals, the bears’ major prey, from creating breathing holes they need to survive in the frigid waters, Crockford told CNSNews.com.

“Prompted by reports of the heaviest sea ice conditions on the East Coast ‘in decades’ and news that ice on the Great Lakes is, for mid-April, the worst it’s been since records began, I took a close look at the ice thickness charts for the Arctic,” Crockford noted in her Polar Bear Science blog on April 18th.

“Sea ice charts aren’t a guarantee that this heavy spring ice phenomenon is developing in the Beaufort, but they could be a warning,” she wrote, noting that they “don’t bode well” for the Beaufort bears.

I’m going to go ahead and bet that the polar bears will outlive evolutionary biologists as a group.

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  • Douglas J. Bender

    Most global-warming-alarmists are Evolutionists. Why should they worry about the polar bear? Won’t Evolution simply produce BETTER, more “fit”, polar bears, in response to whatever environment the polar bears face?

  • DogmaelJones1

    Imagine some polar bear family at home. Papa Bear is relaxing in his favorite ice chair, while Mama Bear is cooking a seal soufflé, and the cubs are frolicking outside. Papa Bear has a drink and a cigar on a stand next to him. He’s reading a paper, The Polar Bear Herald. There’s an article in it on the latest ring seal catch numbers. On the editorial page, nicknamed “The Bearing Strait Dope,” is a guest op-ed by Prof. Claws-and-All., a prominent polar bear authority on human behavior. The professor opines: “It’s very nice of them, those ‘people,’ to worry so much about our species. When are they going to learn that we’ve been around since before they ever discovered fire, and are not really addicted to ice. We’ve hunted on land for millennia. Poor, ignorant babies.” Papa Bear snorts once and
    remarks to Mama Bear, “The Warmists are at it again. Now they’re confused.
    They’re saying we have too much ice, after saying we had none.” Mama Bear replies, “Honestly! I don’t know how that species has survived for so long!”

  • liz

    Maybe we could replace the seals with the evolutionary biologists to provide for the Polar bears future nutritional needs.

    • truebearing

      Or maybe some well-fed global warming pseudo-scientists, like Al Gore. They are plentiful and in Gore’s case, should keep even the biggest bears happy.

  • truebearing

    From the Left’s perspective, the worst thing about the bears being threatened by too much ice is that they can’t blame anyone for it.

    I sense another name change and an added convolution coming very soon to Global Warming theory. The polars bears have always been great hostages for the Left, so they are going to have to add some bells and whistles to their nonsensical “science”. Maybe it will be “global hyper-vacillation,” where temps go up then down, violently, causing brutal heat in one cycle and bitter cold the next. The scientific mechanism for this is “athropogenic reactive thermal reversal syndrome,” where it gets so hot one year that all of the hot air rises to the North Pole and forces the cold south (as if north and south are synonymous with up and down). Asking why the South Pole just stays frigid is considered racist and can get you excommunicated.

    • CaoMoo

      The south pole stays frigid because ice is white and white people are cold to other peoples problems obviously. :)

  • tagalog

    Yeah, but the environmentalists say it’s really poor quality ice, so it doesn’t count.

    • Softly Bob

      Yes, I think it is but I’m not sure. Leftist science has always been too ‘clever’ for me to understand.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        Bob, anyone can understand Lefty science. Anything that furthers their global political agenda is “good science”. If it doesn’t? You get the drift, as it were …