For all the sirens going off about how global warming (sorry, climate change) is threatening polar bears, it seems they have been thriving. So much so that they no longer are a ubiquitous symbol for atmospheric warming.
Western Hudson Bay polar bears around Churchill, Manitoba appear mostly in good shape this summer despite the very late freeze-up last fall, including the very fat bear caught on camera below (see more great pictures here).
Not only have we been seeing pictures of fat bears rather than starving bears in recent years but there are lots of them, in Western Hudson Bay and other seasonal sea ice regions where there should be none (if the models had been correct). No wonder polar bears are falling out of favour as an icon for catastrophic human-caused global warming.
Why is this happening? The extinction of the polar bear was one more article of faith that the anti-science global warming alarmists have demanded that everyone accept without question. That's because the demise of the polar was predicted on models--the same method used to predict that global warming is a certainty. As the Polar Bear Science article states:
...the models that predicted catastrophe for polar bears due to diminished summer sea ice turned out to be wrong.
Now, if there is reason to doubt the polar bear modeling, doesn't a fair-minded, objective person have the same cause to place some doubt in the global warming modeling? Clearly, there are many, many more variables that have to be factored into the global warming model. Factors that are not so clearly understood, such as cloud formation.
Here is an example of the certitude with which it was predicted that "Climate Change May be a Death Sentence for Polar Bears":