As one of those sites run by nasty fluffy-kitten-eating climate change sceptics we have taken our fair share of insults over the years from rabid lefties claiming, “but its science, you can’t question facts like that,” and then calling us a lot of unpleasant names.
Well the whole point of science is it’s there to be questioned. And as dutiful sceptics we have questioned those emotionally manipulative stories about the poor polar bears (which according to unbiased evidence are increasing in numbers,) dying because of human made climate change, the bear clinging to a very small ice floe (which was exposed as a Photoshop mash up,) and the starving polar bear foraging for food in an arid landscape that could have been southern Spain, North Africa or the Middle East.
The starving polar bear video was a heart-rending piece of viral footage: a polar bear, ravaged by the impact of climate change, starving and staggering across an ice-free landscape.
The video, watched 2.5 billion times on the National Geographic website – where the write up explicitly linked the anorexic anima’s plight to climate change was explicitly made – was used as propaganda by the green lobby. But the film-maker who shot it has now acknowledged it didn’t necessarily show a polar bear dying from the effects of climate change at all.
Cristina Mittermeier has come clean and admitted the animal could simply be old, ill or injured and unable to successfully forage for food – and it was incorrect to say the bear was starving because of climate change,’ because there was no evidence to support that.
National Geographic has since edited the title of the video so there is no link to climate change.
Mittermeier says the problem began when National Geographic captioned the video ‘This is what climate change looks like’.
Mittermeier says, ‘In retrospect, National Geographic went too far with the caption.’
She said, ‘Photographer Paul Nicklen and I are on a mission to capture images that communicate the urgency of climate change. Documenting its effects on wildlife hasn’t been easy.
‘With this image, we thought we had found a way to help people imagine what the future of climate change might look like. We were, perhaps, naive. The picture went viral — and people took it literally.
‘Perhaps we made a mistake in not telling the full story — that we were looking for a picture that foretold the future and that we didn’t know what had happened to this particular polar bear.’
Oh well, it’s no worse that the use of ‘adjusted data’ in ‘mathematical models’ of the climate to produce statistics showing the planet is warming although real world data shows there has been no increase in global mean temperature for twenty years.