Too Much Sea Ice For Polar Bears
Greenie Watch passes along this email received from Svend Erik Hendriksen, a certified weather observer in the Kangerlussuaq Greenland meteorological office:
"Several polar bears (at least 6) located close to Sisimiut town on the West coast...To [sic] much sea ice, so they are very hungry..... Al Gore says the polar bear need more ice to survive....Now we have a lot of ice, but the polar bears are starving and find their food at the garbage dumps in towns. It's also influenced the local community, polar bear alerts keep kids away from the schools and so on.... The first one was shot at February 1st.In fact, sea ice in Greenland is at its highest level in 15 years, reports the Danish meteorological service. Here's an article from the paper Sermitsiak:
The winter of 2007-2008 continues to flummox the Warmies. Of course, there will always be unusually warm years during a cold run, and unusually cold ones during a warm run -- that's just the way it goes, and has gone, since long before we punky humans have been around.
The ice between Canada and southwestern Greenland has reached its highest level in 15 years.
Minus 30 degrees Celsius. That's how cold it's been in large parts of western Greenland where the population has been bundling up in hats and scarves. At the same time, Denmark's Meteorological Institute states that the ice between Canada and southwest Greenland right now has reached its greatest extent in 15 years.
'Satellite pictures show that the ice expansion has extended farther south this year. In fact, it's a bit past the Nuuk area. We have to go back 15 years to find ice expansion so far south. On the eastern coast it hasn't been colder than normal, but there has been a good amount of snow.'