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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Two polar bears stranded on a chunk of melting ice

So-called stranded polar bears on a chunk of melting iceUsually, when this photograph is seen, we are all (maybe not all of us) inspired to stop global warming. However, like so many cases, this picture was used (still is) as a tool of manipulation and false information. As can be seen in this story, this picture is attributed to Dan Crosbie courtesy Canadian Ice Service. However, the source of this picture is not what it appears to be.

Carole "CJ" Williams, from NewsWithViews, has unearthed the true story behind this picture:
"The picture, wrongly credited to Dan Crosbie, an ice observer specialist for the Canadian Ice Service, was actually taken by Amanda Byrd while she was on a university-related research cruise in August of 2004, a time of year when the fringe of the Arctic ice cap normally melts. Byrd, a marine biology grad student at the time, was gathering zooplankton for a multi-year study of the Arctic Ocean.

"Crosbie, who was also on the trip, pilfered the polar bear photo from a shared computer onboard the Canadian icebreaker where Ms. Byrd downloaded her snapshots; he saved it in his personal file. Several months later, Crosbie, who is known as an avid photographer, gave the photo to the Canadian Ice Service, which then allowed Environment Canada to use it as an illustration for an online magazine."


For more on global warming, see my list of articles here.

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