This bit of mammalian science is worth a read, from biologist Matt Ridley’s blog, first published in the Wall Street Journal. And yes, a very few bat species do live above the Arctic Circle in North America and Eurasia but their distributions only overlap with polar bears in the most southern areas of the bear’s range (and none of the bats are the horseshoe variety that carry coronaviruses): along the coasts of southern Labrador and Hudson Bay, the north coast of Newfoundland, and in NW Alaska along the Bering Sea.
The Bats Behind the Pandemic (published 9 April 2020): From Ebola to Covid-19, many of the deadliest viruses to emerge in recent years have the same animal source.
From Donna LaFramboise this morning, who has collated some of the best going, this is my favourite:
See the rest here.
Posted in Population, Uncategorized
Tagged coronavirus, covid-19, false facts, humour, influenza, memes, more polar bears than people, polar bear, Spanish flu, Svalbard
My newest video released today summarizes the strong polar bear component to the terrorization of the world’s children about climate change, which began for many youngsters in 2006 with the BBC and Sir David Attenborough’s commentaries about the dire future of polar bears – and continues to this day. Kids get their climate change information from watching Attenborough documentaries at home and in school because they are trusted sources of information, but on the topic of Arctic victims of climate change, that trust has been betrayed.
Many children and young adults worldwide, including 16 year old Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunburg, have been presented with such emotionally-charged and deceptive information about the Arctic through Attenborough’s productions that many have lost hope for the future. These despondent kids, as well as their parents and teachers, need reminding that while summer sea ice has indeed declined over the last few decades, polar bears, walrus, and other Arctic species are thriving (Aars 2018; Boveng 2016; Crockford 2017, 2018, 2019a, b; Kovacs 2016; Lowry 2015; MacCracken et al. 2017; Obbard et al. 2016; Rode et al. 2014, 2018).
Here is the video (13 minutes):
The press release issued by the Global Warming Policy Forum states:
It is the responsibility of teachers and parents to reassure these worried youngsters that polar bears and walrus are not suffering because of sea ice loss blamed on climate change. Children need to be told the truth: that whatever scary stories some biologists come up with about what might happen in the future, Arctic species have demonstrated that they are much more resilient to changes in sea ice than Attenborough’s films suggest.
The GWPF is sending copies of this video to all head teachers of UK schools together with a letter, telling them that they are responsible for the mental health of their pupils and that they have a responsibility to provide their pupils with accurate information about the state of wildlife in the Arctic.
The letter sent to head teachers will include a list of verifiable facts, with references, listed here.
Below is my timeline, with references, and below the references is a list of previous videos on this topic.
Posted in Advocacy, Conservation Status, Population, Sea ice habitat, Uncategorized
Tagged Arctic, Attenborough, BBC, children, documentary, eco-anxiety, Greta Thunburg, mental health, polar bear, starving, trust, video, walrus
My satisfaction over four successful lectures in and around Delft in the Netherlands over the last few days was somewhat soured yesterday by the news that the EIKE conference in Munich scheduled for 22-23 November (my next and last stop on my European tour) was on the verge of collapse because of threats from anti-science protesters.
Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam, outside the polar bear enclosure. 17 November 2019.
London lecture at the GWPF offices was splendid from my point of view and the audience seemed to enjoy themselves fully. Josh was there and sent his cartoonist’s perspective of the evening*:
*PS Thanks Josh and such a pleasure to finally meet you.
Posted in academic freedom, Conservation Status, Life History, Sea ice habitat, Summary, Uncategorized
Tagged catastrophe, GWPF, Josh cartoon, lecture, London, polar bear, science, sea ice, won't be silenced
Unbelievably wrong: A psychologist has told parents to assure their children that rising sea levels might be an immediate threat to polar bears – but not to kids in the UK. She says this is “putting things into perspective” for anxious kids but is horrifyingly and almost laughably far off the mark.
The amount of ignorance about polar bears from those who still consider the species an appropriate icon for catastrophic climate change never seems to end.
Posted in Advocacy, Conservation Status, Sea ice habitat, Summary, Uncategorized
Tagged climate anxiety, concerns, eco-anxiety, extinction, Greta Thunburg, kids, polar bear, sea ice, sea level, sick with worry, threatened
In less than four weeks, I’ll be heading off to Europe for a five-city
six-city lecture tour that starts with the Climate Realists’ conference in Oslo in mid October and ends with the EIKE conference in Munich in late November. I am really excited to meet my European colleagues and blog supporters, and talk to the public in these cities about polar bear science – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Details below. Once I have times and venue locations for all of these, I will update this post with that information.
Tomorrow I will be talking with Tucker Carlson at Fox News about my new book and the part polar bears play in the on-going climate change debate. The segment will be live at 8pm ET.
Carlson draws a huge audience and I’m looking forward to chatting with him.
UPDATE 6 April 2019: Unbeknownst to me, the clip aired last night and the feedback has been awesome. Unfortunately, the running banner at the bottom, although technically correct, was not the book we were talking about in the show (although Tucker got it right in his commentary), which you can see in the youtube podcast below (original on Fox News website here). I’ve requested a correction:
UPDATE 4 April 2019, 8:52pm PT: Just back from the studio. They decided to tape the interview rather than run it live, which means it may not have aired tonight at all. I’ll post an update if and when I hear what happened.
Note to readers who hate Amazon or don’t have a Kindle tablet: an ‘epub’ ebook version of The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened is now available at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. I’ve updated my author page with the details. This version will be made available free to libraries.
On 10 April 2019, I am giving a polar bear lecture for Friends of Science in Calgary (“Polar Bears: Too Hot to Handle”) alongside astrophysicist Willie Soon (“The Sun Also Warms”) at their annual climate science event. Early bird ticket discounts are available now until February 28 only (but full price tickets can be purchased until April 2).
If you can, do join us. A buffet dinner is included in the ticket price.
The launch event for my new book, The Polar Bear Catastrophe that Never Happened will take place earlier in the day (noon-ish) and you are welcome to attend that as well. The book will be available for purchase at the evening lecture event and I will be more than happy to autograph your copies. Copies of my novel (EATEN) and my polar bear science book for kids (Polar Bear Facts & Myths) will also be available for purchase and signing. Details below.