Polar Bear

Polar bears are doomed without plans to save them, report says

Publication: NBC News   Date: February 6, 2013   View Article

Regularly flown-in loads of seal meat could feed hungry polar bears and prevent them from wandering into coastal villages in search of food when they are suddenly unable to find it elsewhere due to global warming, according to the world’s top polar bear scientists.

Currently, however, no such plan exists in any of the five nations with jurisdiction over the globally threatened species, the researchers warn in a new paper. And that’s a problem, given that just one exceptionally early breakup of sea ice could leave a large number of bears starving.

2000-2010: A Decade of (Climate) Change

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 10, 2009   View Article

A decade ago, global climate change was largely considered a problem for the distant future. But it seems that future has come sooner than predicted.

One of the most remarkable, and alarming, environmental changes to occur over the last decade is the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and the recession of Arctic glaciers at speeds much faster than climate change models had predicted, according to environment experts.

Animal Photos Weekly: Tiny Toad, Red Panda Cubs, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 9, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include a surfing pooch, a tiny Kihansi spray toad, a New Caledonian crested gecko, red panda cubs, and a green polar bear.

NASA Tool Helps Track Whale Sharks, Polar Bears

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 25, 2008   View Article

Photos of giant whale sharks snapped by vacationing scuba divers and snorkelers are helping scientists track the elusive marine creatures across the oceans.

And the same technique may soon also help researchers track polar bears in Canada, giant Eurasian trout in Mongolia, and ocean sunfish in the Galápagos Islands.

Animal Photos Weekly: Hot Cranes, Baby Penguin, Gorillas, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 6, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include a black crowned crane, a captive polar bear, a rockhopper penguin, a Siberian tiger cub, and a young gorilla.

Polar Bears Listed as Threatened Species in U.S.

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 14, 2008   View Article

After delaying a decision for several weeks, the U.S. government today listed the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), creating new protections for the bears in their Alaskan habitat.

Narwhal More at Risk from Warming than Polar Bear?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 29, 2008   View Article

A porpoise with a long, spiraled tusk that inspired the myth of the unicorn ranks higher than the polar bear on a new list of marine mammals most at risk due to Arctic warming.

That’s because the narwhal, also known as the corpse whale, may be slightly more sensitive to habitat changes.

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