Latest sea ice maps and charts from the Canadian Ice Service show significant ice building quickly along the west coast of Hudson Bay, enough to allow polar bears out to hunt.
Kelsey Eliasson reported from Churchill earlier today that most of the polar bears have moved onto the ice.
Last week, Damian Carrington (May 28, 2014) at The Guardian offered a scary-sounding polar bear story, based on the work of Jon Aars and colleagues from the Norwegian Polar Institute (“Fewer polar bear cubs are being born in the Arctic islands, survey finds”). As often is the case however, once you see the scientific data, you will sleep better.
[Dr Aars also gave a radio interview with CBC Canada (May 29): “Is climate change the cause of lower polar bear birth rates in Norway?”; audio available]
[Update June 24, 2014 — see below]
Female polar bear with cubs. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
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Tagged AMO, Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, Barents Sea, Carrington, climate change, cub production, cubs of the year, females with cubs, fewer cubs, global warming, Jon Aars, Magnus Andersen, polar bear, sea ice