The New Economy of the Warming Arctic

  • Published: 08 January 2019
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Comments • 1 998

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   11 months back

    This video is on a topic that strangely results in skepticism so I'd encourage you, if you don't believe anything said, to look at the number on the bottom left of the video when something is said, find the corresponding number in the description, and read the source of the info. Every assertive fact in this video was researched and published by someone with far more qualifications than myself so those references are the ones to read to learn more.

    • Hellbow
      Hellbow  10 months back

      Conspiracy: world powers are intentionally warming and cooling the planet in order to access untapped oil in the future when reserves run dry. It's sounds so selfish and completely not in the interests of humanity so I can only assume they have atleast considered and tried to work out how to make it feasible and profitable.

    • _BearHawk
      _BearHawk  10 months back

      @Van Ivanov Wow you're a nutcase. There is the evidence.

    • Van Ivanov
      Van Ivanov  10 months back

      Polar ice caps reached new records, in recent years. Recently, people have been saying that it getting colder is a sign it is getting hotter. To top it off, global temperature measurements from around the world if anything are going down lately, not up. I really do wish it was warming, as all the most prosperous times in history were during warm periods, several degrees hotter than today, back when they had vineyards in Scotland and didn't see snow. Back when Greenland was Green.

      Unfortunately, "facts" today means computer models and statistical manipulation. Not observation, not history, not reality... but what you can pen to paper or shop in a computer alone, which must not be met with any skepticism lest it reveal how paper-thin it is.

    • mathphysicsnerd
      mathphysicsnerd  11 months back

      Have you considered that people might be expressing skepticism at your chosen presentation of the facts more so than the facts themselves? A fact dressed up in rhetoric is very often responsible for just as much misinformation as a lie-much of language's meaning is contextual, after all.

  • Johnny Doey
    Johnny Doey  3 days back

    10:17 you want to fix that number Wendover Productions?

    • Peter
      Peter  4 days back

      The Arctic is NOT melting. I enclose a link here showing today's frozen Arctic ocean.

      The Globull warming scandal is a tax fraud.

      • zack p
        zack p  2 weeks back

        I think you need to go back to stats class. 44 years of data in 4 billion year old complex system does not make a trend, let alone 4 years.

        • jasper
          jasper  2 weeks back

          at 10:18 it shows 4 million as 4,0000,000

          • Master Tuc
            Master Tuc  3 weeks back

            Suomi mainittu! Grrrr....! Lapland is a place where only deers live, tbh. Fun place. Should go there sometime.

            • Cazan
              Cazan  3 weeks back

              Seeing the graphic with the temperature of the arctic ramping up is anxiety inducing.

              • Lumi
                Lumi  1 months back

                0:09 WHAT IS THE MUSIC
                seriously i cant find in the epidemicsound library

                • DEEDSHOT R
                  DEEDSHOT R  1 months back

                  hell yea making getting more oil easier....

                  • DEEDSHOT R
                    DEEDSHOT R  1 months back

                    I actually died when he tried to pronounce those finnish places

                    • Ollie
                      Ollie  2 months back

                      haha yeah... at least we can make money before we crash and burn!!

                      • TenTwelve
                        TenTwelve  2 months back

                        "Thomas cook" haha

                        • lonelyPorterCH
                          lonelyPorterCH  2 months back

                          Because of global warming, it will be easier to drill for oil in the arctic...

                          Oh wow, so we can accelerate climate change even more...

                          • Mary Smith
                            Mary Smith  2 months back

                            Polar Bears have increased in numbers!

                            • Mary Smith
                              Mary Smith  2 months back

                              Well, one woman has a the children.

                              • John Smith
                                John Smith  2 months back

                                I live in middle Ontario Canada and our winters are still cold, 4 months long with deep snow.
                                How come it is not warmer for us?

                                • NightWi5h
                                  NightWi5h  2 months back

                                  "Package holiday companies like Thomas Cook"
                                  Errrr.....funny story....

                                  • Marcus Jarrell
                                    Marcus Jarrell  2 months back

                                    How can the Arctic be melting if it's hot outside right now?

                                    • Hatty Hatterson
                                      Hatty Hatterson  3 months back

                                      10:19 yep 4,0000,000 people live there

                                      • Jonas D. Atlas
                                        Jonas D. Atlas  3 months back

                                        Thomas Cook... now there's something that will make sure this video doesn't age well.

                                        • Spelunker0211
                                          Spelunker0211  3 months back

                                          I drove people to the cruise ship that left Seward, AK for NYC.

                                          We left anchorage Ted Stevens airport and down the road a few hours to Seward.
                                          Wonderful group to work with!

                                          • Vital Ral
                                            Vital Ral  4 months back

                                            Montana glacier park:
                                            2002: all glaciers will dissappear by 2020.
                                            2019: posters changed from 2020 to: future generations.
                                            So much for global warming.

                                            • John Smith
                                              John Smith  2 months back

                                              I live in middle Ontario Canada and our winters are still cold, 4 months long with deep snow.
                                              How come it is not warmer for us?

                                            • Noah M
                                              Noah M  3 months back

                                              Funny, they said the Maldives and much of the planets costal cities and islands would be doomed and under water by 1999, and irreversible, predicted in 1989... 20 years later, that hasn't happened yet...

                                              Oh, and why did Obama just buy a mansion on Martha's Vineyard if all the islands are going to be under water in a few years? Isn't he worried about CO2? If I was, I'd be moving to the Rocky mountains instead...

                                              They also neglect to mention that Antarctica is cooling down and the ice there is growing, because this planet fluctuates in temperature. Also, how do we explain the end of the last ice age thousands of years ago? Was it the industrial revolution of 25000 BC?

                                          • FocusPics
                                            FocusPics  4 months back

                                            Greenland: Exists

                                            Donald Trump: It's free real estate

                                            • Candy Neige
                                              Candy Neige  4 months back

                                              Oil prices has always been increased, not just beacause of inflation, but beacuse of something else.

                                              • Radrad YukonLad
                                                Radrad YukonLad  4 months back

                                                Grew up in dawson city yukon. I can tell you first hand that those northern towns rely heavily on tourism... and just how little regard most tourists have for the people’s culture and ancestral land :/

                                                • Butter Johnson
                                                  Butter Johnson  4 months back

                                                  "Hey, our invasive activities made that ice melt."
                                                  *moves in to establish more industry*

                                                  • Franek Halwa
                                                    Franek Halwa  4 months back

                                                    10:17 though

                                                    • J Adachi
                                                      J Adachi  4 months back

                                                      but what about the PLANES that fly over the arctic

                                                      • Jeff Pape
                                                        Jeff Pape  4 months back

                                                        Ending line was really good Sam!

                                                        • HostilePancakes, the One and Only

                                                          10:19 Oops, looks like you put in an extra zero by accident. No big deal, we understood what you meant when you said four million.

                                                          • imabritishcow
                                                            imabritishcow  5 months back

                                                            4,0000,000 is 4 million?

                                                            • Huzayfah M
                                                              Huzayfah M  5 months back

                                                              4 million people, in the video the figure 4,0000,000 pops up
                                                              It should surely be 4,000,000

                                                              • Casey Waller
                                                                Casey Waller  5 months back

                                                                Ya lets make some money thats what u do

                                                                • Luc Donderwinkel
                                                                  Luc Donderwinkel  5 months back

                                                                  You should have said it is difficold to live there

                                                                  • tyheem velotta
                                                                    tyheem velotta  5 months back

                                                                    I think it’s interesting but would like to hear more about the economics of Russia the largest arctic country, and agriculture in the region

                                                                    • Gregory Ashton
                                                                      Gregory Ashton  5 months back

                                                                      Please show me a paper that says polar bears are significantly declining. PLEASE.

                                                                      • Jacob Cameron
                                                                        Jacob Cameron  4 months back

                                                                        ​@Gregory Ashton Sorry about the assumption Gregory, would you mind pointing out the assumption I made about you for me? I don't see it, and I would hate to repeat it in the future.

                                                                        I'm also interested in your aforementioned "research," albeit, a little skeptical about the credibility of your work. What was the area of research (both the geographic confines/limits of your work and the field of inquiry in which the theoretical needs were satisfied)? What was the purpose of the research; "polar bears" as a research topic has, itself, been covered for centuries and at the risk of seeming antiquated, your proposal, methods, objectives must have been incredibly nuanced to warrant a return to such a well-documented topic? Elaborate on the methods in general please, I'm sure they were quite an exploration of forgotten troves at renowned Universities, Museums, and other highly regarded institutions. Through which board of ethics did your research gain approval, and thus credibility? What publications did your research led to? What contribution was made to the general body of knowledge because of your work? Who were some of your colleagues and to what institution or alumni are they a part of?

                                                                        Also, about these courses you mention, what was the purpose/goal of the syllabus (a syllabus is like a guide about what will be taught throughout the course)? For example, are these "courses" referring to conference proceedings, lectures (from adjunct or otherwise), or online? Were they geography, earth sciences, biology? Also through what institution did you access these courses?

                                                                        I have more questions pertaining to the specifics of your research (the results, methods, intrusions, validations, etc.) but I figure I'd start with the general credibility stuff. All of these questions could be answered with a link to your report on the matter/publications/thesis, etc. Looking forward to knowing more about your work on polar bears. Cheers

                                                                      • Gregory Ashton
                                                                        Gregory Ashton  5 months back

                                                                        Jacob Cameron Ahahaha, wow, that was a broad assumption. I have indeed conducted research and attended courses surrounding polar bear populations, and have found no credible evidence to say that polar bear populations are significantly declining.

                                                                      • Jacob Cameron
                                                                        Jacob Cameron  5 months back

                                                                        You should learn how to conduct research yourself, its a valuable skill and will result in more fruitful knowledge than leaving Youtube comments on an already incredibly informative and well sourced video. A good place to start might be one of the many sources listed in the description, and build from there. Good luck with your research!

                                                                    • Gregory Ashton
                                                                      Gregory Ashton  5 months back

                                                                      I live in the Arctic and it’s definitely getting easier due to temperature rises.

                                                                      • Gregory Ashton
                                                                        Gregory Ashton  2 months back

                                                                        John Smith Because you don’t have coastal winds

                                                                      • John Smith
                                                                        John Smith  2 months back

                                                                        I live in middle Ontario Canada and our winters are still cold, 4 months long with deep snow.
                                                                        How come it is not warmer for us?

                                                                    • Poverty Chef
                                                                      Poverty Chef  5 months back

                                                                      Imagine high biodiversity forests or highly productive farms in the north. There are many benefits to inevitable climate change. It is not bad.

                                                                      • Zimmy Dod
                                                                        Zimmy Dod  5 months back

                                                                        There are also many downsides such as widespread famines, droughts and an increase in the amount of hurricanes.

                                                                    • Einar Gissurarson
                                                                      Einar Gissurarson  5 months back

                                                                      Yeah, the exhaust from those cruise ships are no joke.

                                                                      We had a large ship visiting Iceland last year, that was polluting more than 3 times the amount of the entire automobile industry in the country. The smog it left in the downtown region was sickening.

                                                                      • Michael of Cork
                                                                        Michael of Cork  6 months back

                                                                        It's a shame that despite this being a well-made video, it does not address the mindset that caused this poisoning of our living space, but instead condones and encourages it. In this sense, the lack of linkage between personal responsibility and marrying economic ideas to ecological one, you have demonstrated what the problem is through your own ignoring of the issue. Disappointing to see, but eye-opening for some, I hope.

                                                                        • Mei Grafd Vodder
                                                                          Mei Grafd Vodder  6 months back

                                                                          And as everywhere - Tourist are gonna destroy the thing they came for

                                                                          • Mister E
                                                                            Mister E  6 months back

                                                                            "That is not an assumption, a belief, a theory..." FUCK YOU YOU STUPID CUNT! Are your videos informative or are they SJW virtue signaling beta cuckery?

                                                                            • Zimmy Dod
                                                                              Zimmy Dod  5 months back

                                                                              Are you trying to argue with facts? Based on all scientifical evidence it is indeed warming.

                                                                          • Matt Schroeder
                                                                            Matt Schroeder  6 months back

                                                                            i hate america cant eve honor thy mother earth. most faithless nation ever

                                                                            • Nyah Chamberlain
                                                                              Nyah Chamberlain  6 months back

                                                                              Yo but can we just leave the world alone for a bit please, just let it be and stop ruining it’s beauty. K thanks

                                                                              • spacekookie
                                                                                spacekookie  6 months back

                                                                                This video is depressing

                                                                                • Mahlatse Seabela
                                                                                  Mahlatse Seabela  7 months back

                                                                                  Al Gore Fucking lied

                                                                                  • Mountain Mamma
                                                                                    Mountain Mamma  7 months back

                                                                                    Imperial facts huh? Doesn't mean it's not a natural cycle and not the end of the world. These stupid conspiracy theorists spreading fake news, fearmongering, encouraging degeneracy, makes me sick...

                                                                                    • Krzysztof Kwietniewski
                                                                                      Krzysztof Kwietniewski  7 months back

                                                                                      I don't want to be mean but change is just a part of live. Climate gests warmer and then it will get colder. Fighting for preservation of things that do not work anymore is just like a XIX century workers movement which gole was to destroy machines. I honestly can not understand what's the problem with change?