Here is another reference to a study showing polar bears drowning because they had to swim far offshore due to scarcity of sea ice due to climate warming ppauper is of course and as usual dead wrong. Al Gore didnt invent any study on polar bears. Here is another likely candidate for the reference to the study Gore used; I just found it; there is a pretty good match with Gores statement in the film. Either the judge didnt read it carefully enough to understand its thrust, or perhaps more likely the lawyers didnt find it. The situation wasnt just that there was a storm causing the bears drowning; the bears wouldnt have been swimming that far off shore in the first place if there hadnt been a scarcity of sea ice. That is backed up by the statements that bears havent been observed swimming off shore until recently, the sea ice is manifestly decreasing, if the bears cant walk on ice that doesnt exist then they have to swim, and under these circumstances they are placed at risk for drowning in a storm. Moreover, since the coverage of the study was only partial, many more bears have undoubtedly drowned. Gores excellent film An Inconvenient Truth was right, and the contrarians represented on Wilmott by ppauper - are wrong.Heres a quote from the article:Polar bears drown as ice shelf melts
The new study, carried out in part of the Beaufort Sea, shows that between 1986 and 2005 just 4% of the bears spotted off the north coast of Alaska were swimming in open waters. Not a single drowning had been documented in the area. However, last September, when the ice cap had retreated a record 160 miles north of Alaska, 51 bears were spotted, of which 20% were seen in the open sea, swimming as far as 60 miles off shore. The researchers returned to the vicinity a few days later after a fierce storm and found four dead bears floating in the water. We estimate that of the order of 40 bears may have been swimming and that many of those probably drowned
Ref:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 767459.ece
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