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Polar Bears Threatened By Climate Change, Action Urged Now
2013-02-06 05:34:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of scientists, led by a University of Alberta polar bear researcher, is urging governments to prepare for rapid Arctic ecosystem change to deal with a climate change catastrophe for the polar bears. University of Alberta professor Andrew Derocher is one of the authors of a policy perspective recently published online in the journal Conservation Letters that urges governments with polar bear populations to...

Polar Bears Head To Court
2012-10-20 09:00:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The State of Alaska and a group of plaintiffs that include hunters and the California Cattlemen's Association, has appealed a federal court ruling from last year that upheld the 2008 Interior Department's designation of polar bears as a threatened species. The bears were designated as threatened because their icy habitat is melting away. Maury Feldman, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, told the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

DNA Shows Polar Bears Are Ancient, And Related To Brown Bears
2012-07-24 06:04:18

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research suggests polar bears and brown bears come from the same DNA as ancient bears. In an international study, led by Penn State University and the University at Buffalo, researchers have found that polar bear populations changed with climatic events over the past million years, with fewer polar bears roaming the Earth in times of warmer weather. This new research also suggests the relationship between brown bears and...

Polar Bears Turning To Cannibalism To Survive
2011-12-09 08:26:25

One prominent wildlife expert and photojournalist has gathered pictures proving that arctic polar bears trapped on land will turn to cannibalism in order to survive. Jenny Ross, described by UPI as an environmental photojournalist, witnessed a polar bear eating what she initially believed was a seal carcass, then dragging it across the ice at Olgastretet, a stretch of water in the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway. However, as she got closer, she realized that it was, in fact, the...

Alaska Wants To Delist Polar Bears From Threatened Status
2011-08-30 12:24:42

  The state of Alaska is planning on appealing a judge's ruling that continues to list the polar bear as a threatened species. The state said in a notice filed on Friday that the bears have successfully survived past climate changes. The U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan upheld the threatened species status of polar bears in June after the state of Alaska sued the federal government in 2008 over the Bush administration's decision to protect polar bears under the Endangered...

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2011-07-20 09:05:02

As their icy Arctic habitat melts, polar bear mothers and their cubs are forced to swim long distances, which expose the cubs to higher mortality rates than cubs who do not have to swim as far, a study shows. "Climate change is pulling the sea ice out from under polar bears' feet, forcing some to swim longer distances to find food and habitat," co-author of the study, Geoff York of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), told Reuters. Polar bears are not naturally aquatic creatures. They rely on ice or...

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2011-07-08 07:40:00

A team of international scientists has found that all living polar bears descend from a single mama brown bear that lived 20,000 to 50,000 years ago in modern-day Ireland.The scientists from Britain, Ireland and the U.S. analyzed DNA samples from polar bears in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia, and compared them to DNA obtained from teeth and skeletons of 17 ancient brown bears that were found at eight cave sites across Ireland. The results revealed that every individual Polar...

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2011-07-02 06:15:34

A District Court Judge has ruled that the US Fish and Wildlife Service acted correctly in listing polar bears as a threatened species, rebuffing a pair of opposing legal challenges to the creature's classification on the endangered species list. Environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, sued claiming that global warming and melting sea ice should afford the polar bear greater protection on the endangered list, while the state of Alaska and Safari Club International...

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2011-04-15 06:15:00

Russia, reneging on an agreement made with the United States allowing a quota of 29 polar bears to be hunted, posted a statement on its website saying it will not allow the animals to be hunted in its far north polar region. "A decision has been taken on the government level that Russia will not be using its quota," said the statement found on the personal website of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. A deal reached by a Russian-US commission was approved last month by the Chukotka governor to...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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