Polar bear expert barred by global warmists

Mitchell Taylor, who has studied the animals for 30 years, was told his views 'are extremely unhelpful’ , reveals Christopher Booker.


telegraph.co.uk
Christopher Booker
Published: 5:20PM BST 27 Jun 2009


Polar bears Polar bear expert barred by warmists
According to the world?s leading expert on polar bears, their numbers are higher than they were 30 years ago Photo: AP

Over the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place in Copenhagen. 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.

This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN's major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. 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.

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Comment by Maas on June 29, 2009 at 4:03pm
Google his name and you will see that he writes articles like this frequently, and primarily for the London Telegraph.
Comment by Maas on June 29, 2009 at 4:02pm
Google his name and you will see that he writes articles like this frequently, and only for the London Telegraph.
Comment by Marklar on June 28, 2009 at 8:20pm
Vince - if you clicked through to the full article you would see that he primarily blames ocean currents for the current localized warming. Ice melts and reforms and melts and reforms, whether in the arctic or on a mountain top. This is not a process that started yesterday nor is it going to end tomorrow.

Masanova - I have no familiarity with Christopher Booker outside of this article.

In any case, real scientists don't prefer propaganda over facts on the ground like these yahoos appear to. It really kind of makes all their arguments and data suspect from jump when they act like this.
Comment by Maas on June 28, 2009 at 7:51pm
Is Christopher Booker the only global warming denier that works in the mainstream media? I know on my Wordpress account one blogger is a global warming denier and he has the top post at there consitantly at least five out of seven days a week.

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