Crockford’s dismissal is a striking example of how the academy attempts to police scientific opinions on climate change.
The apex predator of the north is the polar bear, which devours about 150 pounds of meat at a sitting.
Seals - Humans - Bears - Days
Fortunately for the seals (and occasional humans) polar bears dine out only every five or six days.
Polar bears, of course, have been elevated by environmentalists to the status of demi-gods of the wilderness. Images of them adorn almost every appeal to save the Earth from the depredations of humanity.
Visuals - Bear - Ice - Flow - Arctic
Among the favorite visuals is the forlorn and emaciated bear, trapped on an ice flow as his Arctic environment melts away around him. The message: our ravenous desire for fossil fuels is driving the beautiful bears to the brink of extinction.
This message has some evident flaws, not least of which is that polar bears are excellent swimmers. But the greater flaw is that polar bear population in recent decades has been growing rapidly. Extinction isn’t on their menu.
Bearer - News - Fecundity - Susan - Crockford
The most prominent bearer of the news about bear fecundity has been Susan Crockford, a zoologist and an adjunct researcher in the anthropology department at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. Her university just deleted her from its speaker bureau and cut off her adjunct status. Adjuncts of course can be fired for no reason and universities aren’t required to explain why. But Crockford believes she was cashiered because her popular blog, polarbearscience.com, undercuts the environmentalist mythology. She puts the extant polar bear population at about...
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