Awww, look at that! They came back.
Not long ago, environmentalists constantly used pictures of polar bears to highlight the dangers of climate change. Polar bears even featured in Al Gore’s terrifying movie An Inconvenient Truth. But the reality is that polar bear numbers have been increasing — from somewhere between five and 10,000 polar bears in the 1960s up to around 26,000 today. We don’t hear this news, however. Instead, campaigners just quietly stopped using polar bears in their activism.
There are so many bad-news stories that we seldom stop to consider that on the most important indicators, life is getting much better. Human life expectancy has doubled over the past century, from 36 years in 1920 to more than 72 years today. A hundred years ago, three-quarters of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty. Today, less than one-tenth does. The deadliest environmental problem, air pollution, was four times more likely to kill you in 1920 than it is today, mostly because a century ago people in poverty cooked and heated with dung and wood.
We are incessantly told about disasters, whether it is the latest heat wave, flood, wildfire or storm. Yet the data overwhelmingly show that over the past century people have become much, much safer from all these weather events. In the 1920s, around half a million people were killed by weather disasters, whereas in the last decade the death toll averaged around 18,000. This year, like both 2020 and 2021, is tracking below that. Why? Because when people get richer, they get more resilient. More here by the excellent Bjorn Lomberg. You need to follow him on social media.
Polar bears used to be the poster child of climate change. But their numbers have been increasing: from 5-10k #polarbears in the 1960s, up to around 26k today. We don’t hear this news. Instead, campaigners just quietly stopped using them in their activism.https://t.co/RsGi607815— Bjorn Lomborg (@BjornLomborg) December 6, 2022
Difficult to see how this is more environmentally friendly. And when they start falling over from cracked foundations, you can double that amount!
Greenland ice sheet piling on the llbs this winter
Now I don't mean to be a #ClimateCrisis party pooper, but Greenland's SMB –a calculation used to determine the 'health' of a glacier– has never been higher in books dating back to 1981. In other words, the Ice Sheet has never-before gained so much mass this early into a season: pic.twitter.com/9NUV2MRcp6— Electroverse (@Electroversenet) December 5, 2022
How about this energy solution?
Converting coal plants into nuclear power plants with small modular reactors seems like it has huge potential.— Alec Stapp (@AlecStapp) December 20, 2022
Coal plant sites are already integrated with existing energy infrastructure and nuclear can provide a similar source of baseload power. pic.twitter.com/FMrWLl2glz
Are we fed all this terrifying and questionable data to scare us into submission?
Paul Ehrlich's famous quote reveals the reason some environmental activists oppose nuclear power.— Brian Gitt (@BrianGitt) December 11, 2022
Giving society cheap, clean, abundant energy…"would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun." https://t.co/PIIEJzUcqq
And bribed and shamed back into the Stone Age
Read this thread on Biden giving $8B to South Africa to shut down their coal plants. It is the only thing they have other than 2 nukes. The man is determined to bring down civilization, blaming the gas of life for global ruination. Insane and criminal to boot. https://t.co/JUkkUXnUbA— Patrick Moore (@EcoSenseNow) December 16, 2022
This is a reminder to the Thunberg worshippers, renewables are no where near capable of plugging the gap in our energy & until that technology is ready & in place, all your doing is campaigning to make us cold & poor.— Adam Brooks 🇬🇧 (@EssexPR) December 12, 2022
Wake up call to the green agenda cults https://t.co/5RLJ4VJuli