Polar bears that didn’t die from recent sea ice loss will die in 35 yrs, say ‘sperts

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Yesterday, the DailyMail (among others) was suckered into running virtually the same story The Guardian(among others) hyped last year about this time.

Using a science journal version of the 2015 IUCN Red List assessmentreport, polar bear data collectors and their fortune-teller colleagues have managed to get polar bears back in the news.

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I wrote about this last year – it’s actually good news, although you wouldn’t know it from the headlines.

Let me paraphrase the ‘sperts:

“After 10 years of ice conditions we didn’t expect would happen until mid-century (a worst-case scenario we said would cause more than 30% of the world’s polar bears to die – except they didn’t), we have now determined (using a new model and a brand new definition of sea ice specific to polar bears) that by mid-century, there is only a 70% chance that 30% of polar bears will die.”

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