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Satellite Imagery A Promising Tool To Monitor Arctic Polar Bears
2014-07-10 03:14:50

PLOS Polar bear population estimates based on satellite images are similar to aerial estimates, according to a study published July 9, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Seth Stapleton from United States Geological Survey and colleagues. The potentially severe impacts of climate change in the Arctic may threaten regional wildlife. Scientists trying to develop efficient and effective wildlife monitoring techniques to track Arctic populations face great challenges, including the...

polar bear point of view
2014-06-09 08:41:43

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Geological Survey (USGS) has released a video showing a glimpse into the life of a polar bear. Collar cameras were attached to four female polar bears on the sea ice north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in April of this year. The brief footage provides insight into the daily lives of the polar bear. “We deployed two video cameras in 2013, but did not get any footage because the batteries weren’t able to handle the Arctic...

Global Warming Key Topic On This Year's International Polar Bear Day
2014-02-26 06:51:28

[ Watch the Video: International Polar Bear Day ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The annual celebration of International Polar Bear Day is February 27. Polar Bears International (PBI) focuses the attention of the world on the bears, and actions that everyone can take to combat the challenges facing the bears because of global warming. For the second year in a row, PBI is focusing the celebration around a worldwide Thermostat Challenge. The Challenge is one of...

How Do Polar Bears Keep Warm? It May Be In Their Genes
2014-02-10 14:42:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During the recent polar vortex that swept down into the US, even polar bears in the Chicago zoo had to go inside. However, new research gives more insight into how these animals' Arctic counterparts are able to keep warm in extremely low winter temperatures. The reason the Chicago polar bears had to venture indoors during the deep freeze is due to a diet that is much different from polar bears that live in the Arctic tundra. The latest...

Polar Bear Diets Change Climate Change
2014-01-23 13:03:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Polar bears are able to switch up their diet in order to help them survive the warming Arctic, according to a new study. Scientists at the American Museum of Natural History performed a three-part study that shows how polar bears switch up plant and animal food sources as they face the changing climate. Arctic sea ice is beginning to melt earlier and freezing later each year, so polar bears are having a limited amount of time to hunt...

Climate Woes Continue: Changes In Polar Bear Diet Result In Higher Toxin Exposure
2013-09-20 12:34:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Warmer than average Arctic temperatures in recent years have been stirring up all kinds of ecological changes and a new study in the journal Global Change Biology indicates that polar bears could be getting exposed to higher levels of toxins as a result. The study looked at an East Greenlandic population of polar bears, which is expected to enjoy the Arctic sea ice far longer than other regions. However, the loss of ice sheet cover in...

Climate Change Affecting Polar Bears, Only Those With The Most Fat Thrive
2013-03-20 14:36:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Recent climate induced changes to Arctic polar bears´ environment is affecting their habits and ability to survive, with the bears having to rely more and more on internal fat reserves, according to a new paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The bears are having particular difficulty adjusting to the shifting sea ice dynamics. In the past, sea ice has remained throughout the Arctic summer months, but now it is almost...

Ban On Polar Bear Trade Blocked
2013-03-07 16:44:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a long and heated debate, a US-proposed ban on the trade of polar bear parts was voted down on Thursday at a major international conference on wildlife trade. At the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand, the American delegation proposed the polar bear be upgraded to Appendix 1 protection status, which would completely ban the trade or sale of the animal´s pelts, paws or fangs....

Polar Bears Will Remain Protected Under Endangered Species Act
2013-03-03 06:38:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US government and the polar bear won an important court ruling on Friday, as an appeals court deemed that the Bush administration had acted reasonably when they decided to list the Arctic mammal as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act due to the effects of climate change. According to Brent Kendall of the Wall Street Journal, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a...

Polar Bear Conservation: International Polar Bear Day
2013-02-27 05:01:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online February 27 is International Polar Bear Day, sponsored and led by Polar Bear International (PBI). PBI is an advocacy group dedicated to research, education and action to protect the world's polar bear populations from extinction. PBI started International Polar Bear day to raise awareness of the bear's plight, and the damage that humans are inflicting with global warming. This year, PBI invites the public to join in by making Feb. 27...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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