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Susan Crockford: Polar Bears are Doing Well, Despite Climate Fear Mongering

February 27, 2017

Despite claims by climate alarmists to the contrary, polar bear populations are at a more-than 50-year high and growing. Most polar bear populations are stable or expanding.

On International Polar Bear Day, it’s time to celebrate some good news:  the truth about polar bears and sea ice. Zoologist and polar bear expert Susan Crockford, Ph.D., takes us through a number of myths about polar bears, disputing every one. She says polar bear numbers are as high as they’ve been in the past 50 years; polar bears do not require summer sea ice for their survival; and polar bears are an adaptable, mobile species. Contrary to the impression given in the media, polar bears are not on the verge of extinction.

Climate alarmists have not publicized these facts because the truth means polar bears cannot be their poster animals for climate change. The alarmists would rather hype the purported plight of the polar bear, in an effort to motivate political action to fight climate change, than celebrate the polar bear success story.

Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org