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2007-09-07 16:12:53

WASHINGTON -- More than two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 - including the entire population in Alaska - because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday. The agency projects that polar bears during that time will lose 42 percent of the Arctic range they need to live in during summer in the Polar Basin when they hunt and breed. Polar bears depend on sea ice as a platform for hunting seals, which is their primary...

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2007-03-02 22:35:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A marked decline in sea ice off Alaska's coast is not enough to take the drastic step of listing polar bears - a species dependent on ice - as threatened, critics said Thursday at the first of three public hearings on the proposal. Restrictions that could kick in with a listing under the Endangered Species Act due to global warming would be too burdensome, given the unknowns about the future of polar bears, such as the extent of the loss of Arctic sea ice in the next 100...

2006-09-04 07:06:07

By Jennifer Kwan TORONTO (Reuters) - Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk bought a video camera in 1981 with the proceeds from the sale of three soapstone sculptures and the purchase kick-started his movie-making career. On Thursday, his career goes into high gear. His second feature film, "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," gets its world premiere as the opening film of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. A story of cultural identity and loss, the C$6.3 million ($5.7...

2006-02-22 12:18:22

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Greenland's government on Wednesday introduced the ice-capped island's first hunting quota for polar bears, which scientists believe are threatened by the effects of global warming. The figure for 2006 was set at 150 animals, Greenland's fishing and hunting directory said. Only Greenlanders with valid hunting permits can obtain permission to shoot a bear. Previously, local Inuit hunters have killed about 250 bears annually in the semiautonomous Danish territory. The...

2006-02-03 07:10:00

MOSCOW -- Russians have had to shoot three unusually aggressive polar bears so far this year, in what environmental group WWF said was a sign the bears' feeding patterns were being disrupted by global warming. The group said bears used to come ashore in winter along the sea ice to forage for food, but that the ice had retreated unusually far from the coast leaving predators with a long swim. "This makes them particularly vulnerable since animals in search of food lose their sense of danger,...

2005-12-16 20:50:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- Three environmental groups are suing the U.S. government to force consideration of whether polar bears are a threatened species, saying rising global temperatures threaten to kill off the Arctic predators. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Thursday, asks the Interior Department to make an initial ruling on a petition to bestow the broad federal protection of the Endangered Species Act upon polar bears by designating them as "threatened." An...

2005-12-02 09:55:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent MONTREAL (Reuters) - Alarmed by a rapid thaw of Arctic ice, indigenous peoples want a 189-nation conference in Canada to step up protection of their hunting cultures. This year, a hummingbird was spotted on an Alaskan island for the first time in memory. New insect-borne parasites killed 70 reindeer in Norway and seals native to California coasts were seen in the far north Pacific. "Climate change is threatening our way of life," indigenous peoples...

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2005-12-02 09:55:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent MONTREAL -- Alarmed by a rapid thaw of Arctic ice, indigenous peoples want a 189-nation conference in Canada to step up protection of their hunting cultures. This year, a hummingbird was spotted on an Alaskan island for the first time in memory. New insect-borne parasites killed 70 reindeer in Norway and seals native to California coasts were seen in the far north Pacific. "Climate change is threatening our way of life," indigenous peoples from...

2005-12-02 09:55:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent MONTREAL (Reuters) - Alarmed by a rapid thaw of Arctic ice, indigenous peoples want a 189-nation conference in Canada to step up protection of their hunting cultures. This year, a hummingbird was spotted on an Alaskan island for the first time in memory. New insect-borne parasites killed 70 reindeer in Norway and seals native to California coasts were seen in the far north Pacific. "Climate change is threatening our way of life," indigenous peoples...

2005-11-09 15:25:41

By Scott Reycraft TORONTO (Reuters) - Scientists are inviting schoolkids around the globe to visit with Canadian polar bears in a series of Internet video conferences from the self-styled Polar Bear Capital of the World. The schools project is one of a several organized by conservation group Polar Bears International, which is based in the northern Canadian city of Churchill, Manitoba, on the shores of Hudson Bay. The group also funds school visits by scientists to talk about the...