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January is the first month of the Arctic winter, the season when most polar bears really struggle to find enough to eat.
Here is what the sea ice looked like around the Arctic at the end of this month.
Compare - Year
Compare to last year:
And the year before that (2017):
Look - Conditions - Canada - Alaska
A closer look at conditions in Canada and Alaska:
Compared to last year:
Year - Ice - Gulf - St - Lawrence
And the year before that (2017), where there was much less ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence:
In contrast, there has recently been lots of ice compared to conditions in eastern Canada at 31 Jan 2010:
North - Norway - Barents - Sea - Ice
Further east, north of Norway, Barents Sea ice has expanded remarkably over the last few months:
Here is what polar bear specialist Andrew Derocher had to say about the state of the ice in the Barents Sea:
Derocher - Area - Svalbard - Field - Work
Derocher is continuing to pretend that the small area of southeastern Svalbard where he once did some field work is critical denning habitat for Barents Sea bears and to pretend he doesn’t know where alternative sites are available. He sang the same song last year about this time. I’ve fixed his sea ice chart for him, see below.
I know he knows that Franz Josef Land is a denning refugium because he co-authored one of the papers that points out the known alternative denning areas in Franz Josef Land and the Barents Sea pack...
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