When I was child there was a huge stuffed polar bear in the main hall of the Natural History Museum in London. Nasty looking creature. They look all very lovely in the David Attenborough’s wildlife programmes, with their warm-hearted voice-over and soppy music, but in real life, they are vicious things. And cheats: their hair is not really white at all, but transparent.
So there was little pleasure to gained from Dr Susan Crockford’s recent survey of the evidence, that the beasts are flourishing these days, with more of them than ever:
On almost every measure, things are looking good for polar bears. Scientists are finding that they are well distributed throughout their range and adapting well to changes in sea ice. Health indicators are good and they are benefiting from abundant prey.
It is also very bad news for the WWF, which has made a fortune collecting money from the gullible, on the strength of the theory that they were going to be “endangered”. That, at any rate, was what the climate change models predicted.
I would like to see a polar bear popped into Al Gore’s mansion one day. With the press there. Just so we could see the headline “Exit Gore, pursued by a bear”: