A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

If you can't bear the nonsense about the demise of polar bears, just read this.....

In all the hysteria over climate change, there is more nonsense talked about the imminent demise of the polar bear than about pretty well anything else (though the competition is strong).

Polar bear.Time to read this excellent corrective piece from a polar bear biologist. [Opposite: Ursus maritimus, Pooh's chilly cousin. Image: public domain, from Wikipedia]

'Silly to predict their demise. Startling conclusion to say they will disappear within 25 years and surprise to many researchers' (Toronto Star, May 1):
"This complexity is why so many people find the truth less entertaining than a good story. It is entirely appropriate to be concerned about climate change, but it is just silly to predict the demise of polar bears in 25 years based on media-assisted hysteria."

Philip, three degree torture all round (International Panel of Climate Cruelty)? No, coffee in the garden. At last, some sun and warmth. By the way, current climate predictions now range from a strong cooling starting in 2011 to Armageddon through heat. Take your pick. And, why not relax to the 'Three Degrees', the new Hot Pick in a Cool World? Give me Schubert anytime.

[New counter, June 19, 2006, with loss of some data]

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