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Twice as many emperor penguins as thought in Antarctica, first-ever penguin count from space shows

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(Apr. 13, 2012) -- A new study using satellite mapping technology reveals there are twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica than previously thought. The results provide an important benchmark for monitoring the impact of environmental change on the population of this iconic bird, which breeds in remote areas that are very difficult to study because they often are inaccessible with temperatures as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit.

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By Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet.com

Global warming alarmists debunked yet again by reality

Even as climate alarmists amplify their call for a worldwide tax on carbon dioxide emissions in the name of preventing global warming - penguins, polar bears, Himalayan glaciers and Arctic sea ice are all thriving.
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With dire proclamations of ice free Arctic summers vehemently debunked, the latest data indicates that both wildlife and the environment in earth's coldest regions has not experienced the catastrophic devastation predicted as a result of man-made climate change.

Forecasts that Canada's polar bear population would significantly decline due to global warming have been proven completely inaccurate. The latest study shows that the Hudson Bay area polar bear population has remained steady at around 1000 - the same number found by a 2004 study, confounding the "doom-and-gloom" predictions of environmentalists about the demise of the polar bear (which) have failed to come true," reports the Canadian Press.

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by Paul Waldie, The Globe and Mail


The debate over the polar-bear population has been raging for years, frequently pitting scientists against Inuit. - The debate over the polar-bear population has been raging for years, frequently pitting scientists against Inuit.

The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.

The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That's 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears' ability to hunt. The Hudson Bay region, which straddles Nunavut and Manitoba, is critical because it's considered a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic.

The study shows that "the bear population is not in crisis as people believed," said Drikus Gissing, Nunavut's director of wildlife management. "There is no doom and gloom."

Mr. Gissing added that the government isn't dismissing concerns about climate change, but he said Nunavut wants to base bear-management practices on current information "and not predictions about what might happen."

The study's conclusions drew concern from Andrew Derocher, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta who has been studying polar-bear populations for years. Prof. Derocher said the 1,013 figure is derived from a range of 717 bears to 1,430. "It's premature to draw many conclusions," he said, adding that there were no comparative figures and the upper end of the range, 1,430, was highly unlikely.

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By Margaret Munro, Postmedia News
As bear traps go, they don't get much bigger.

Almost 700 kilometres long, it will span a channel in the Canadian Arctic that is home to one of the most undisturbed polar bears populations on Earth.

Small corrals, stationed every 15 kilometres and baited with small chunks of meat, will have barbed wire strategically positioned to snag hair from curious bears that come by to investigate.

The bears will be able to freely enter and exit the corrals, but some of the free-ranging beasts that ventured into the test enclosures have been none too pleased to find themselves surrounded by wire.

"Some have gotten severely pissed and destroyed the enclosures," laughs biologist Peter V. C. de Groot, of Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., who is setting up the "non-invasive" trap to help track the iconic but paradoxical creatures.

Polar bears are a global symbol of the threat posed by climate change but, at the same time, many observers say there are more of them roaming around than there were 30 years ago.

"The population is booming," says Willy Aglukkaq, a guide and outfitter in the Inuit community of Gjoa Haven, who is seeing plenty of bears in the central Arctic.

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By Chris Irvine, Telegraph

Polar bears are not dying out and Turkey Twizzlers are fine, according to a new book from scientists wishing to challenge science "scare stories"

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Contrary to widely held belief, polar bear populations are rising, according to the scientists

It is widely thought that the polar ice caps will melt, causing sea levels to rise, resulting in the loss of cities along the coast, as well as a the majority of polar bears.

And if global warming does not kill us, then obesity or heart disease will thanks to an addiction to junk food and salt.

But a new book, compiled by Stanley Feldman, a professor of anaesthetics at London University, and Vincent Marks, a former professor of clinical biochemistry and dean of medicine at the University of Surrey, are questioning the end of the world...

Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet

Misleading image fails to depict substantial Arctic sea ice growth during 2008

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Global warming fearmongers the World Wildlife Fund have been caught in a new act of deception after citing shrinking Arctic ice coverage to suggest climate change is "faster and more extreme" than first thought, while failing to acknowledge that Arctic sea ice expanded over an area bigger than the size of Germany during the year of 2008.

"The Arctic Ocean is losing sea ice 30 or more years ahead of the projections presented in the Fourth Assessment Report (Stroeve et al, 2007). There is near consensus in the Arctic scientific community that significant aspects of this hastened loss of sea ice are caused by feedback mechanisms, the effects of which had been severely underestimated in the report," states the WWF report.

The graphic depiction used to illustrate the point in a London Telegraph article shows Arctic sea ice coverage between 1979 and 2007 and a clear reduction in ice coverage.

By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute

Bjorn Lomborg explains greenhouse gas treaty would cost $180 billion annually, but do very little to help the mascot of global warming alarmism.

Want to save the polar bear? According to one expert, don’t think you’re going to do it by making significant lifestyle changes in order to reduce your carbon footprint.

In May, the Interior Department listed the polar on its threatened species list because of the risks of shrinking sea ice. But Bjørn Lomborg, a Danish author and professor at the Copenhagen Business School, told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on June 25 that the threat is exaggerated and wouldn’t go away even if every country in the world signed and followed the Kyoto Protocol.

By TOM KIZZIA, Anchorage Daily News

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Polar Bears relax after being listed as endangered.

Alaska industry and political leaders reacted with disappointment, even vehemence, to the decision Wednesday to protect the polar bear as "threatened," despite assurances from the Bush administration that the listing would mean no new regulation in Alaska.

Industry officials worried that the listing decision would give environmentalists a new tool for opposing development in the Arctic, especially new offshore oil exploration and development. Politicians attacked the science behind the decision as speculative.

By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY

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Eskimos in Alaska and Canada have joined to stop polar bears from being designated as an endangered species, saying the move threatens their culture and livelihoods by relying on sketchy science for animals that are thriving.

Although they say sea ice has melted, some Natives question the accuracy of the most dire predictions of a warming climate in the Northern Hemisphere, and members of the Inuit Circumpolar Council seek evidence that a change would seriously harm the bears.

PHOTO GALLERY: Are polar bears endangered?

The Associated Press published the photo two years after it was taken. The image was snapped in August, a time when polar icecaps naturally melt and the wider shot would have shown that the bears were near land mass. Oh yeah, and polar bears can swim! All this didn't stop Al Gore from using the photo as emotional propaganda to support his case.

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