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Polar Bears Are Fine – Except For the Hunting

Polar Bears are fine. Except for the ones shot by hunters and turned into pelts for rich Chinese.

… there are about 15,000 polar bears across Canada’s Arctic. “That’s likely the highest [population level] there has ever been.”

There’s much at stake in the debate. Population figures are used to calculate quotas for hunting, a lucrative industry for many northern communities. Hunting polar bears is highly regulated but Inuit communities can sell their quota to sport hunters, who must hunt with Inuit guides. A polar-bear hunting trip can cost up to $50,000. Demand for polar-bear fur is also soaring in places like China and Russia and prices for some pelts have doubled in the past couple of years, reaching as high as $15,000.

The Nunavut hunting quota in the western Hudson Bay area fell to 8 from 56 after the 2004 report from Environment Canada. The Nunavut government increased it slightly last year but faced a storm of protest. Over all, about 450 polar bears are killed annually across Nunavut. Mr. Gissing said a new quota is expected to be announced in June.

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Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 50- 2017

2017 day 50 is higher than 2016 and 2006.

2016 – 14.175
2006 – 14.277
2017 – 14.328

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CO2 is Making the Planet Greener

CO2 is making the planet greener.

We show a persistent and widespread increase of growing season integrated LAI (greening) over 25% to 50% of the global vegetated area, whereas less than 4% of the globe shows decreasing LAI (browning). Factorial simulations with multiple global ecosystem models suggest that CO2 fertilization effects explain 70% of the observed greening trend, followed by nitrogen deposition (9%), climate change (8%) and land cover change (LCC) (4%).

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v6/n8/full/nclimate3004.html

Betcha that made the nightly news headlines for weeks right … right?

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Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 46 – 2017

Oscillations.

The following graph is just for day 46 back to 1979. The interesting thing is how the oscillation from high to low is increasing in amplitude.

(The blue arrow is speculative)

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