2012-03-14 16:32:41Heartland and Canadian deniers
Julian Brimelow

Mike de Souza continues to impress. 


2012-03-15 02:27:01
Dana Nuccitelli

Would be interesting to look at Mitch Taylor's polar bear research and see if other scientists are valid in criticizing it (as I suspect is the case).  His name very vaguely rings a bell.

2012-03-15 04:28:01Mitch Taylor
Same Ordinary Fool


Mitch Taylor's complaints about not being invited to a meeting of the international Polar Bear Specialty Group, as a representative of an Inuit organization, reached the denier blogs several years ago.

"The territory of Nunavut accounts for the location [of] 80% of annual kills [of polar bears] in Canada.  In 2005, the government of Nunavut increased the quota from 400 to 518 bears, despite protests from some scientific groups.  In two areas where harvest levels have been increased based on increased sightings, science-based studies have indicated declining populations  [This apparently includes the Western Hudson Bay],  and a third area is considered data-deficient.  While most of that quota is hunted by the indigenous Inuit people, a growing share is sold to recreational hunters...Nunavut polar bear biologist, MITCHELL TAYLOR, who was formerly responsible for polar bear conservation in that territory, insists that bear numbers are being sustained under current hunting limits.  In 2010, the 2005 increases were partially reversed..."  Wikipedia, emphasis added.

Informal "increased sightings" are suspect.  "In Nunavut some Inuit have reported increases in bear sightings around human settlements in recent years, leading to a belief that populations are increasing.  Scientists have responded by noting that hungry bears may be congregating around human settlements..."

"The guiding of sport hunters provides meaningful employment and an important source of income for native communities in which economic opportunities are few.  Sport hunting can bring CDN$20,000 to $35,000 per bear into northern communities..."