Bear Facts

Here’s an item from the British Telegraph newspaper.  There will be a UN meeting on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one expert  on polar bears (he has studied the animals for 30 years) has been disinvited from a preparatory meeting of the Polar Bear Specialists 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 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”.

Apparently it’s important to have all experts on the same page on such an important matter.  After all, “the science is settled”, as Al Gore stated some time ago…

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