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Bi-polar Bear Opinions

Polar bears 'thriving as the Arctic warms up' | International News | News | Telegraph

A survey of the animals' numbers in Canada's eastern Arctic has revealed that they are thriving, not declining, because of mankind's interference in the environment.

In the Davis Strait area, a 140,000-square kilometre region, the polar bear population has grown from 850 in the mid-1980s to 2,100 today.

"There aren't just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears," said Mitch Taylor, a polar bear biologist who has spent 20 years studying the animals.

His findings back the claims of Inuit hunters who have long claimed that they were seeing more bears....

"I don't think there is any question polar bears are in danger from global warming," said Andrew Derocher of the World Conservation Union, and a professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. "People who deny that have a clear interest in hunting bears."

Bear numbers on the west coast of Hudson's Bay had shrunk by 22 per cent over the past decade, he said.

"They are declining due to global warming and changes in when the ice freezes and melts in Hudson's Bay," ..."To say that bear populations are growing in one area now is irrelevant."

Whereas to say that bear populations are falling in one area now is relevant?

While the Bears have quite happily survived previous warm periods I will leave the specialists happily alone to "handbag" each other; much more interesting, and revealing of my inattention in classics is that the word Arctic derives from the Latin and Greek for Bear, arctos and αρκτοϛ , though whether this is the after the polar bear or the constellation I am still unsure.

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What does Mitch Taylor know? Obviously can't see the wood for the trees. Tim Flannery, Australian doomsayer of the year, says polar bears are in danger and he should know, he's a specialist in certain species of kangaroos (and every topic under the sun), the analogies are obvious. Al Gore says so and he's the anti-Christ so he must know.

According to Greek myth, the god Zeus fell in love with and impregnated Callisto, a young attendant of Artemis (the goddess of the hunt). As punishment, Callisto was transformed by Hera or Artemis (depending on the version of the myth) into a bear, or by Zeus to evade Hera’s notice. Zeus eventually summoned Callisto into the heavens to become the constellation Arktos, later known as Ursa Major in Latin.

"I don't think there is any question polar bears are in danger from global warming," said Andrew Derocher.... "People who deny that have a clear interest in hunting bears."

How are they going to hunt them if they deny global warming (the heretics!) and the bears die out..? Don't hunters want to conserve their chosen prey?

How do some of these people get their degrees, in a box of cornflakes?!

Tim Flannery, being from Australia, is naturally concerned about the Antarctic Polar Bear. Unlike its Arctic cousin, the antarctic bears are seriously threatened. The main problem is taking an accurate census, since the antarctic bears blend so well into their natural environment, that they have been historically almost impossible to detect.
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"Antarctic Polar Bear" ??? Did I miss something? Since when has there been even one polar bear in Antarctica? Just as the name Arctic means "bear," and Antarctic means "no bear," referring to the northern hemisphere constellation, there are no polar bears in the southern hemisphere, unless you count zoos.

As for the AlGore post, he can't be the Antichrist because he isn't from the Fourth Kingdom (Daniel; chapters 2 and 7). But this is not stopping him from his quest to head a world governmental authority, under the white hat of protecting the fast-disappearing mother-Earth environment.

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