Walruses coming ashore–due to global warming?

According to the World Wildlife Federation, mass walrus “haul outs” are due to Arctic sea ice receding, due to global warming.

As Arctic sea ice nears its minimum this year, walruses—mostly females and their young—have been forced ashore into crowded haul-outs in Russia and Alaska. The sea ice has again disappeared over shallow feeding areas in the Chukchi Sea. Walruses must instead swim long distances to reach shores where conditions are far more hazardous than on ice.

“Over 35,000 WALRUS frantically come ashore on Alaska beach because global warming has melted the ice they normally rest on” trumpets the Daily Mail.

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“This One Photo Perfectly Sums Up Why Climate Change Is Real” declares Buzzfeed.

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There are a few problems with this doom and gloom.

First of all, there has been no global warming for almost 18 years.

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Next is the inconvenient truth that Arctic ice is expanding, not contracting. This graphic is from the above-mentioned Daily Mail, showing the increase from 2012 to 2013; there is another increase in the summer arctic minimum this year.

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The third problem with this doom-saying is that these walrus conventions have happened before. There were haul outs documented as long ago as 1972 and 1978, long before anyone claimed that there was man-made global warming. The haul outs are noted every few years, and do not correlate with the extent of Arctic sea ice.

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It seems that global warming activists will use anything unusual in nature to justify ruining our economy by getting rid of fossil fuel use for energy. Meanwhile, the growth in the oil and gas industry is all that is keeping our economy afloat.

Bear cam live!

The Brooks Falls Bear Cam in Katmai National Park is back up and running at Explore.org. Watch these immense brown bears take advantage of the falls as the salmon pile up at the obstruction to their migration.

I think I have this live stream working now. You must have Flash enabled to see it.



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Brooks Falls – Brown Bear & Salmon Cam – Bears

Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, Alaska is a favorite salmon fishing spot for brown bears. During the fishing season, a live cam shows the bear activity 24/7. Due to the time difference and Alaska’s long spring and summer days, you can tune in all through the day and see several bears fishing.

I’m watching the Brooks Falls #bearcam on @explore.org, streaming live from @Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska:.

UPDATE: I was mistaken; the camera isn’t live yet. They are apparently showing old video, but I still find it fascinating!

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