International Polar Bear Day: The science and culture of this iconic animal

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Polar bears continue to fascinate and have become a symbol of the Arctic for many. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
February 27 is International Polar Bear Day, a chance to spotlight how climate change is affecting these iconic animals.

Eye on the Arctic partner Alaska Public Media, recently hosted Andrew Derocher, a science professor at the University of Alberta, and Michael Engelhard, an anthropologist and author of the recently published book Ice Bear: The cultural history of an Arctic Icon, on their show Outdoor Explorer:

Feature Interview

Alaska Public Media takes on everything polar bear in this episode of Outdoor Explorer

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Polar bear adaptation to ice loss not really working, Radio Canada International

Finland: Finland’s bears are on the move, Yle News

Russia:  Russian researchers besieged by polar bears on Arctic island, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden:  Petition to restrict brown bears in North Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States:  Slowing Arctic warming called the only hope for polar bears in the long term, Alaska Dispatch News

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