Polar bear populations are increasing, not decreasing, as the planet modestly warms, reports a new climate summary at the website Climate at a Glance. Moreover, polar bears have survived and thrived in warmer historical climates than the present. The new summary, Climate at a Glance: Polar Bears, documents these and other truths that eviscerate the alarmist Climate Delusion regarding polar bears.

According to the new summary:

  • Polar bear populations are increasing dramatically during recent decades as the planet has warmed.
  • The estimated polar bear population has quadrupled since 1950, rising from 10,000 bears in 1950 to 39,000 bears today.
  • Polar bears evolved between 6 million years ago and 350,000 years ago, surviving and thriving in much warmer climate than today.
  • Speculation that polar bears are facing imminent demise defy polar bear evolution, polar bear history, and the present state of polar bear populations.

The new summary, like other topical entries at Climate at a Glance, presents a short, easily digestible summary and a powerful illustrative graph after these bullet-points. The summary is perfect for policymakers as ammunition against “gotcha” leftist media questions, and is also compelling for educators, students, and the general public.

James Taylor is the President of the Heartland Institute. Taylor is also director of Heartland's Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.


  1. If memory serves me right the Polar Bear’s ancestor was the Irish Brown Bear. Through
    millennia the species has developed to what we see today. Have you ever wondered why warmists fail to mention the Penguin and Antarctica in the way they do the Bear? As you have quoted many times we are in an interglacial period and cooling. Words fail me when hearing the lowering of CO2 mantra, how utterly stupid are these people. Keep up the good work and I look forward to your next email.

    Lord Frazer Irwin.


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