(02-02-2018, 08:28 PM)Below Average Genius Wrote: Just looked at the supposed 'science'. Nine bears were tracked for 10 days.
Hillary had larger crowds. Sure they were bussed in but still.
It's believed there are 20,000 to 30,000 polar bears but more than half of their habitat has little or no data. IOW, the population estimate is made up.
Considering these polar bears are endangered, nine bears would seem to me to be an adequate number for a regional study.
“It’s a really strong study,” said Steven Amstrup, chief scientist for Polar Bears International, a conservation-focused organization, who was not involved with the work. “It shows that polar bears are more like the big cats—lions and tigers— predatory carnivores with high energy metabolisms,” Amstrup said.
Status by country
Canada: Special Concern
Greenland / Denmark: Vulnerable
Russia: Indeterminate, Rare, or Recovering, depending on population
United States: Threatened
In the future -
By 2040, scientists predict that only a thin edge of ice will remain in Northeast Canada and Northern Greenland when all other large areas of summer ice are gone. This "Last Ice Area" is likely to become important for polar bears and other life that depends on ice.
A projection of sea ice in the archipelago, supported by WWF, shows that much of the region is facing significant ice loss in the coming decades - with potentially serious consequences for polar bears.
Global polar bear numbers are projected to decline by 30% by 2050.