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2011-01-26 07:10:00

Scientists studying polar bears around the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, were amazed to witness one polar bear that swam continuously for more than nine days, covering some 426 miles, in search of sea ice. The scientists said this endurance feat could be the result of climate change. Polar bears are known to swim between land and sea ice floes to hunt seals. But the researchers said that increased sea ice melts push polar bears to swim much farther, risking their own health and future...

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2010-12-24 06:20:00

Environmental groups accused the Obama administration on Thursday of failing to ensure the survival of polar bears, after the administration declined to list the Arctic animals as endangered. "The Obama administration delivered a lump of coal to the polar bear for Christmas," said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement. The administration has "sacrificed sound science for political expediency," the AFP news agency quoted her as saying. The Center for Biological...

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2010-12-21 14:27:37

Researchers say polar bears could face brighter future "When I first picked up the cub, she was biting my hand," explains wildlife biologist Bruce Marcot. He was trying to calm the squirming cub while its sedated mother slept nearby. In the snowy spring of 2009, Portland-based Marcot traveled with several colleagues onto the frozen Arctic Ocean north of Alaska to study and survey polar bear populations. From their base of operations at the settlements of Deadhorse, next to Prudhoe Bay,...

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2010-11-26 13:00:00

The Obama administration is setting aside more than 187,000 square miles (120 million acres) along the northern coast of Alaska designating it as a "critical habitat" for polar bears as a result of a partial settlement in an ongoing lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Greenpeace against the Department of Interior. The total, which includes large areas of sea ice off the Alaskan coast, is about 13,000 square miles less than in a...

2010-05-27 15:46:53

Climate change is about more than just polar bears. That is the message from Dr Kate Manzo whose research into climate change communication has been published in Meteorological Applications. The research, which reviews the efforts of journalists, campaigners and politicians to engage the British public with climate change, explores how new 'visual strategies' can communicate climate change messages against a backdrop of increased climate scepticism. "There have been various efforts to put a...

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2010-05-25 13:11:56

A new study has found that climate change will trigger a dramatic and sudden decline in the number of polar bears. The research is the first to directly model how changing climate will affect polar bear reproduction and survival. Based on what is understood about a polar bear's physiology, behavior and ecology, the study predicts that pregnancy rates will fall and fewer bears will survive fasting during longer ice-free seasons. These changes will take place suddenly as bears pass a...

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2010-03-18 10:40:00

Proposed bans of the exporting of a critically endangered species of tuna and the trade of polar bear skins, teeth and claws were defeated United Nations (UN) wildlife conference Thursday. Legislation to protect the critically endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna, popular as an ingredient in sushi, was proposed on March 17 during the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. Representatives from that country argued that the species stocks had...

2010-03-18 07:15:00

DOHA, Qatar, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ignoring the plight of polar bears, CITES Parties gathered in Doha at the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted to hasten the polar bear's demise by failing to support an uplisting to Appendix I which would have banned all international commercial trade in the bears and their parts. "CITES parties have turned their backs on this iconic...

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2010-03-01 15:46:28

Researchers sequence the oldest ancient genome to date from a mammal A rare, ancient polar bear fossil discovered in Norway in 2004 is yielding a treasure trove of essential information about the age and evolutionary origins of the species whose future is now seen as synonymous with the devastation wrought by climate change. A paper published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers at Penn State University, the University at Buffalo, the...

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2010-01-08 09:40:00

Bears changing habitat in response to sea ice conditions A long-term study showing the changes in habitat associations of polar bears in response to sea ice conditions in the southern Beaufort Sea has implications for polar bear management in Alaska. Karyn Rode, a polar bear biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, Alaska and one of the study's authors, says data collected between 1979 and 2005 show that polar bears in the region are occurring more frequently on land...