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Responses To A Changing Arctic Discussed By WCS
2013-05-21 13:31:47

Wildlife Conservation Society In two critical reports released at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden on May 15th, the scientific expertise of the Wildlife Conservation Society helped inform an international body of senior government officials about changing conditions in the Arctic, and potential responses to those changes. The scientific reports reviewed by the ministers are products of contributions from various experts, representing a range of knowledge and...

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...

DNA Study Reveals Secrets Of Gentically Similar Polar And Brown Bears
2013-03-15 10:22:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report in PLoS Genetics attempts to clarify conflicting studies on a population of Alaskan brown bears that are genetically similar to polar bears, yet look and act like typical brown bears. "This population of brown bears stood out as being really weird genetically, and there's been a long controversy about their relationship to polar bears," said co-author Beth Shapiro, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the...

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...

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...

Conservationists Want Ban On Products Made From Polar Bears
2012-12-26 13:28:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some conservationists are calling for increased restrictions on the buying and selling of rugs and other goods made from polar bears–citing the animal´s threatened status. Others disagree–saying climate change is the bears´ biggest threat and focusing on their trade de-emphasizes the true reason behind their endangerment. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which has long championed the polar bears´ cause,...

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...


Latest Polar bear Reference Libraries

Cave bear, Ursus spelaeus
2013-06-22 16:42:25

The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) is an extinct species that was found in Europe during the Pleistocene. Its range was large and included areas from Great Britain to Spain, Italy, Poland, the Balkans, areas of Germany, Russia, the Caucuses, Romania, and northern areas of Iran. Large numbers of skeletons have been found in Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria, northern Spain, Hungary, Croatia, and Romania. Because so many fossils have been found throughout Europe, some experts assert that there...

Cave Bear, Ursus spelaeus
2013-05-17 22:36:40

The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) is an extinct species that was found in Europe during the Pleistocene. Its range was large and included areas from Great Britain to Spain, Italy, Poland, the Balkans, areas of Germany, Russia, the Caucuses, Romania, and northern areas of Iran. Large numbers of skeletons have been found in Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria, northern Spain, Hungary, Croatia, and Romania. Because so many fossils have been found throughout Europe, some experts assert that there...

Brown Bear, Ursus arctos
2013-05-17 22:30:23

The brown bear (Ursus arctos) can be found in North America and northern areas of Eurasia. There are sixteen recognized subspecies of the brown bear. This is the most widely distributed species of bear in the world, although its range is shrinking. Its range includes the Alaska and a few other areas of the United States, areas of Russia, and Romania and other areas of the Carpathian region, as well as Canada, Sweden, Finland, and the Balkans. The brown bear derives its common name from the...

Syrian Brown Bear, Ursus arctos syriacus
2012-04-27 19:36:24

The Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) is a native species to Eurasia. It is a slightly small species of brown bear. Its range includes Northern Armenia, Kopet Dag, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan Talysh, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Its range also includes the former Soviet Union. This bear is extinct in Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, and in more recent years it has become extinct in Syria. Due to habitat loss and poaching, the Syrian brown bear population is declining. The bear is also hunted for its bile,...

Syrian Brown Bear
2012-01-17 18:14:18

Brown bears as a group are one of the largest type of bears, second only to polar bears with the Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) being one of the smallest subspecies of brown bears.  Found generally in the mountainous areas in the countries of Iran, Iraq and Turkey and in parts of the former Soviet Union to include Abkhazia, Karabakh, Transcaucasia, Talysh and northern Armenia. These bears find hollow birch trees that flourish in the higher elevations, moreso than pine and other...

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