Polar bear habitat update: Labrador sea ice highest in 20 years

Polar amplification is one of the core tenets of anthropogenic global warming. The opposite is happening. Too cold in southern Labrador for evil CO2 to live?

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Sea ice off the southern Labrador coast hasn’t been this high for this date in 20 years: that’s great news for the harp and hooded seals that will give birth at the Front in another few weeks – for a while anyway, because a bumper crop of baby seals is also good news for the polar bears who gather there to eat them.

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So brutal, but true. The polar bear must gorge over the short Arctic spring and early summer to survive the rest of the year.

Sea ice coverage off Southern Labrador for the week of 19 February (the latest date available) 1969-2016, is the highest since 1996; courtesy the Canadian Ice Service:

Davis Strait S Labrador same week 19 Feb 1969-2016

Sea ice coverage off Newfoundland for the week of 19 February 1969-2016, shows amounts just below average:

Davis Strait East Newfoundland same week 19 Feb 1969-2016

Sea ice coverage for Canada for the 25th of February 2016, courtesy the Canadian Ice Service:

Sea ice extent Canada 2016 Feb 26 CIS

Sea ice coverage…

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