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Josh’s ‘stupidest paper ever’ cartoon on a mousepad and polar bear science tote bags

You can now own a mouse pad featuring Josh’s ‘stupidest paper ever’ cartoon or treat yourself to a versatile tote bag for your summer activities with a positive, non-confrontational message about polar bears. Or give them as gifts. Proceeds from these useful items will help support my work here at Polar Bear Science.

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Josh’s cartoon on a mouse pad

Josh’s cartoon commemorates the Harvey et al. 2018 paper published in the journal BioScience (“Internet blogs, polar bears, and climate-change denial by proxy”), described by climate scientist Judith Curry as “absolutely the stupidest paper ever published.”

See my April 2018 blog summary of the issue here, in pdf format here.

Presented as a work of peer-reviewed science by the editor’s of the journal BioScience, this paper attempts to destroy my professional scientific credibility on polar bears (Rajan and Tol 2018) due to my criticisms of Steve Amstrup’s 2007 polar bear survival predictive model and Ian Stirling’s continued insistence that polar bears are unable to survive an Arctic with less summer sea ice than they had in the 1980s.

With Josh’s permission, the mouse pad is available to order at my PolarBearScience2 store at Zazzle via the links below for $15.00. Makes a great gift!

Or in black, if you prefer:


Polar Bear Science Tote Bags

For shopping, the beach, or carrying books, I also offer two sizes of canvas bags with a positive, non-confrontational message about the status of polar bears. Decorated with the same fabulous image of a polar bear that graces the cover of my novel (“EATEN”), the text simply reads, “Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change.”

1) Polar Bear Survivor Large Canvas Tote [“Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change”], $27.90:

Relative size of large tote:

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2) Polar Bear Survivor Small Canvas Bag [“Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change”], $13.65:

Relative size of small canvas bag:

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Harvey, J.A., van den Berg, D., Ellers, J., Kampen, R., Crowther, T.W., Roessingh, P., Verheggen, B., Nuijten, R. J. M., Post, E., Lewandowsky, S., Stirling, I., Balgopal, M., Amstrup, S.C., and Mann, M.E. 2017. Internet blogs, polar bears, and climate-change denial by proxy. Bioscience 68: 281-287. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/bix133 Open Access, available here. Supplementary data file available here and the data for the principal component analysis is available here and (h/t to R. Tol), the R code is available here Corrigendum here (issued 28 March 2018). Scheduled for the April print issue.

Rajan, A. and Tol, R.S. 2018. Lipstick on a bear: a comment on internet blogs, polar bears, and climate change denial by proxy. Open Science Framework osf.io/7j3z2. January 2018, DOI10.13140/RG.2.2.18048.12804. Available here.

Stock up on polar bear gift books and summer reading about the Arctic

Here are some suggestions, by myself and others. See the sidebar for my offerings, not forgetting “Polar Bears Have Big Feet” for the toddlers in your life, so they don’t feel left out when older kids get polar bear books to read over the summer: Facts & Myths for middle school ages, and Outstanding Survivors and/or EATEN (the polar bear attack thriller) for teens and adults. PBs have Big Feet Front small

Titles from other authors that have a few mentions of polar bears amid great descriptions of life in the Arctic or Arctic exploration that would make good summer reading as well. Continue reading