‘Inuit Debunk Environmentalist Myth’

Inuit local knowledge contradicts climate-scare propaganda:

“There are too many polar bears in parts of Nunavut and ‘climate change’ hasn’t yet affected any of them, says a draft management plan from the territorial government that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking. The proposed plan — which is to go to public hearings in Iqaluit on Tuesday — says that growing bear numbers are increasingly jeopardizing public safety and it’s time Inuit {local} knowledge drove management policy. 

“Inuit believe there are now so many bears that public safety has become a major concern”,
says the document, the result of four years of study and public consultation.
Public safety concerns, combined with the effects of polar bears on other species, suggest that in many Nunavut communities, the polar bear may have exceeded the co-existence threshold.”

“Polar bears killed two Inuit last summer.

“The plan leans heavily on Inuit knowledge, which yields population estimates higher than those suggested by ‘western science’ for almost all of the 13 included bear populations. Scientists say only one population of bears is growing; Inuit say there are nine. Environment Canada says four populations are shrinking; Inuit say none are.

“The proposed plan downplays one of the scientific community’s main concerns.

Although there is growing scientific evidence linking the impacts of ‘climate change’ to reduced body condition of bears and projections of population declines, no declines have currently been attributed to climate change”,
it says.
(Inuit knowledge) acknowledges that polar bears are exposed to the effects of climate change, but suggests that they are adaptable.

“Its position is strongly supported by the 11 Inuit groups and hunters’ organizations that made submissions…

“Environment Canada’s response says that’s “not in alignment with scientific evidence”. It cites two studies suggesting the opposite…

“In its submission, the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board expresses frustration with how polar bears are used as an icon in the fight against ‘climate change’.

This is very frustrating for Inuit to watch … We do not have resources to touch bases with movie actors, singers and songwriters who often narrate and provide these messages”,
it says.
We know what we are doing and western science…modelling has become too dominant.” …

“The territory’s wildlife management board will take what it hears at the public hearings and include it in a final document, which will go before the Nunavut cabinet for approval.”

–‘Draft plan says Nunavut has too many polar bears and climate change isn’t affecting them’,
Bob Weber, Canadian Press, November 12, 2018

From 2009:
“They gathered in the spirit of ‘piliriqatigiingniq’ — Inuktitut for seeking a common goal — but panel members at the federal government’s first polar bear roundtable were hardly speaking with a single voice yesterday.

“At issue was the health of Canada’s 13 polar bear populations. On one side, researchers told federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice that the bears could be virtually extinct in a century.
On the other, Inuit leaders spoke of bear populations doubling over the past 50 years, proliferating to the point of becoming a pest in many northern communities.

Forty or 50 years ago, our camping areas were not invaded by these animals“,
said Gabriel Nirlungayuk, Director of Wildlife for Nunavut Tunngavik.
The current population is stable. It is not constructive to exaggerate that situation.” ‘…

“During a morning closed session, Inuit leaders defended their right to hunt and manage the more than 15,000 polar bears — two-thirds of the world total — roaming Northern Canada, and, according to those in attendance, accused researchers and environmental groups of interference.

They are using the polar bear as a tool, a tool to ‘fight climate change’,”
said Harry Flaherty, chair of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board.
They shouldn’t do that. The polar bear will survive. It has been surviving for thousands of years.” …”

–‘No common ground at first polar bear summit’,
Patrick White, Toronto Globe and Mail, January 17, 2009

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Also from 2009:
“Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (set up under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a suitably-scary report on how polar bears are being threatened with extinction by man-made global warming.

“…But one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week’s meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group. Dr Mitchell Taylor has been researching the status and management of polar bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, as both an academic and a government employee.

“More than once since 2006 he has made headlines by insisting that polar bear numbers, far from decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Of the 19 different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum levels, only two have for local reasons modestly declined.

“Dr. Taylor agrees that the Arctic has been warming over the last 30 years. But he ascribes this not to rising levels of CO2 – as is dictated by the computer models of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and believed by his PBSG colleagues – but to currents bringing warm water into the Arctic from the Pacific and the effect of winds blowing in from the Bering Sea.

“He has also observed, however, how the melting of Arctic ice, supposedly threatening the survival of the bears, has rocketed to the top of the warmists’ agenda as their most iconic single cause. The famous photograph of two bears standing forlornly on a melting iceberg was produced thousands of times by Al Gore, the WWF and others as an emblem of how the bears faced extinction – until last year the photographer, Amanda Byrd, revealed that the bears, just off the Alaska coast, were in no danger. Her picture had nothing to do with global warming and was only taken because the wind-sculpted ice they were standing on made such a striking image.

“Dr. Taylor had obtained funding to attend this week’s meeting of the PBSG, but this was voted down by its members because of his views on global warming. The chairman, Dr Andy Derocher, a former university pupil of Dr Taylor’s, frankly explained in an email (which I was not sent by Dr Taylor) that his rejection had nothing to do with his undoubted expertise on polar bears:
it was the position you’ve taken on global warming that brought opposition“.

“.Dr Taylor was told that his views running “counter to human-induced climate change are extremely unhelpful“. His signing of the Manhattan Declaration – a statement by 500 scientists that the causes of climate change are not CO2 but natural, such as changes in the radiation of the sun and ocean currents – was “inconsistent with the position taken by the PBSG“.

–‘Polar bear expert barred by global warmists’,
Christopher Booker, Telegraph (UK), 27 June 2009
From 2008:
“…The “threatened” status afforded the Canadian great white is interesting. One might not associate that alarmist term with an animal (polar bear) whose Arctic population has doubled to 25,000 bears in the last 40 years, with only two of the 13 pockets of population experiencing any decline and the rest enjoying a boom.

“Yet somehow, despite that population surge, its long history of surviving even warmer climates, and having lived off much-reduced sea ice, the polar bear is now the world’s photogenic canary in the global warming coal mine.

“When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put up its suggestion for a “threatened” designation for the species, the service was swamped with a record-shattering 670,000 responses, or more than 25 for every living polar bear on the planet.

The polar bear cannot wait much longer“,
insisted a top official with the Centre of Biological Diversity in Washington.
The window of opportunity to save the polar bear is closing rapidly.”

“This frenzy of concern forced a reluctant U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne, to almost visibly hold his nose while announcing that he was “compelled” to bestow the beast with the “threatened” status…

“Perhaps the correct picture of the polar bear’s plight is, ironically, the notorious shot of a four-bear family apparently stranded and doomed to drown as an iceberg fragment melts beneath their paws. Unfortunately for those who have used it as the basis for campaigns to save the species from climate change, the interpretation was entirely bogus.

They were healthy, fat and seemed comfortable on their iceberg“,
according to its photographer.

“In the global warming coal mine, perhaps the canaries are fat, healthy and increasingly numerous.”

–‘Bogus bear frenzy won’t help save species or cool the planet’,
Don Martin, Calgary Herald, May 16, 2008

“During the Holocene Warming 7800 to 9500 years ago, at the dawn of the agriculture and great civilizations, the temperature of the Arctic was up to 7 C. higher than now, the polar bears and many other species survived there, and were better off than in colder periods.”
–“Influence of climate changes on animal life in Arctic”,
Jaworowski Z. (1990b),
Chapter 7 in “Influence of climate changes in polar regions” (in Norwegian).
pp. 102-118. R. Hanson (ed.), Norsk Polarinstitutt.
‘Polar Bear Propaganda in Context: A Useful Tool for the Promotion of
Environmental Hysteria and Politicized Science’,
See also:
“Two Nunavut men were killed by polar bears this summer — in the communities of Arviat and Naujaat. They were the first such deaths in the territory in 18 years, and many say they could have been prevented if the communities were allowed to kill the bears like they were 10 years ago, before protections were put in place.”

–‘Inuit lives must be protected over polar bears, Nunavut community says’,
Sara Frizzell, CBC News. Nov 14, 2018



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