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But once the subjects of glaciers, snowpack and ice cores come up, the scientist within him takes over with a stream of metaphors for glacial processes—“mass balance falling into disequilibri um,”“glacial budgets wasting away,”“ice ablating into thin air”—each one of which could be wonderfully descriptive if not always comprehensible to a layman like me. “The best way to describe it to someone who wants to know why we bother worrying about melting glaciers is to liken them to water towers,” Demuth said as we searched for a hard ﬂat spot on the snow to set up our tents.
Ian Stirling was among the ﬁrst scientists to focus on the polar bear popu lation in the southern Beaufort Sea in a meaningful way. Although he is too modest to take credit, his research helped convince Inuvialuit leaders 20 CHAPTER ONE and government managers of the need to stop hunting female bears that were accompanied by cubs. His research also emphasized the importance of not hunting in the fall, when pregnant females are searching for dens. The number of bears each community is allowed to harvest each year rely heavily on the population estimates that he and his colleagues made from their surveys.
Stirling bristled at the mention of this. 32 CHAPTER ONE “The fact is we [the IUCN polar bear specialist group] have been saying all along that the Davis Strait population was likely on the rise,” said Stirling. “It’s also possible that other populations might increase in the short term as the Arctic gets warmer and possibly more biologically productive in some areas. It’s what’s going to happen in three or four generations—forty-ﬁve years or longer—that really worries us. “Superﬁcially, polar bears may appear to be secure in some places.