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Animals, Environment

Polar bears, climate change and growing concern

There are 19 subpopulations of polar bears spread throughout the Arctic, and while some are doing alright, others have already begun to feel the effects of climate change. Among them is the population around the western shore of Hudson Bay,» 

Animals, Environment, Science and Technology

Changing winds may harm polar bear’s ability to hunt

A new study shows polar bears travel crosswind when winds are light to hunt seals, but climate change means winds will grow stronger in the Arctic and that could make hunting more difficult for them. Researchers at the University of» 

Animals, Environment, Indigenous, Society

Polar bears, climate change, a new problem for some northern communities.

It seems climate change is changing the bear’s habits and bringing them into communities where they have been very seldom seen before.  We’re not talking about the Arctic either, but in northern Ontario around James Bay. Communities like Moose Factory,» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

New polar bear survey. Some good news, for now

There are 19 subpopulations of polar bears in the Arctic circumpolar region, with 13 of them in Canada A recent survey was taken of two of these subpopulations as previous number estimates were old, dating back to the 1990’s and» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Climate change: Are polar bears doomed?

All populations could decline by 30 percent by 2050 A just released report has cast even more concern about the future of the polar bear survival as a species. The international study involved research scientists from the US, Canada, and» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Polar bear adaptation to ice loss: not really working

Polar bears need sea ice to hunt and mate. With climate change, the ice season is becoming shorter, meaning bears are spending longer periods on land. Some have been trying to adapt to the increasing delays between freeze-up by seeking alternative food» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Indigenous, Society

Protecting people and polar bears from each other

It is an age old problem but one that has been getting worse with global warming. Polar bears need sea ice to hunt and survive. Each year the polar bears of Hudson Bay get into trouble and threaten people in» 

Animals, Environment, International

Henry, the polar bear comes home, (more or less)

Henry, at age two and a half and a little over 300 kg, is a strapping young polar bear. He was born however, not in the Canadian Arctic or any Arctic nation for that matter, but rather in the warmth» 

Animals, Environment, International, Politics

Hunting polar bears “not detrimental” to species

While many are very concerned about the future of the world’s polar bears,  the “Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)” has recently said legal hunting of the bears does» 

Animals, Environment, Indigenous, International

International action plan to save the polar bear

For years, there have been concerns raised about the plight of what is arguably the Arctic’s most iconic animal. Threatened by climate change and melting ice, there have been many studies showing some populations of the bears are thinner, mating»