Can't bear opposition

Financial Post

"Polar bear experts from all over the world have been invited by Greenland to meet at the Greenland Representation at the North Atlantic Bryggen in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 29 June and 3 July 2009," announces the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. "Under the chairmanship of Professor Andrew Derocher from University of Edmonton, Canada, the Species Survival Commission Polar Bear Specialist Group of IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) will meet to evaluate the status of the different polar bear populations in the Arctic."

The announcement does not mention that biologist Dr. Mitchell Taylor, one of the world’s foremost experts on polar bears who for 22 years was a member of the same IUCN Species Survival Commission and of the Polar Bear Specialists Group, was disinvited by an email from Professor Derocher because of "the position you’ve taken on global warming that brought opposition."

Professor Derocher’s email also explained that Dr. Taylor’s views that climate change has natural causes "are extremely unhelpful" and that his public position to that effect is "inconsistent with the position taken by the PBSG [Polar Bear Specialists Group]."

Chairman Derocher, a former university pupil of Dr Taylor’s, looks forward to a meeting at which a consensus can be reached on a number of important issues, including "how polar bears are affected by the rapid decrease in sea ice due to global warming, the effect of high contents of pollutants in some polar bear populations, and how polar bears can be managed under rapid Arctic climate change."

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