"You had to live it to believe it" – hundreds of polar bears rush to feast on one whale carcass

October 2, 2017 by  
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When a bowhead whale washed ashore at Wrangel Island in Russia , the polar bears were ready. Between 150 and 230 bears gathered to eat the carcass, and tourists captured the experience on camera. As there are around 26,000 of the animals on Earth, almost one percent of the world’s polar bears, according to Gizmodo, assembled for the feast. The polar bears dined on the whale carcass on Wrangel Island. While polar bears feeding on whales may not be that strange, Gizmodo points out what was unique was that so many people were present to witness the event. A tourist ship passed by as the bears were feasting. Related: Snow-free images of Arctic polar bears show the harsh reality of climate change Heritage Expeditions founder Rodney Russ said his group counted more than 150 polar bears, while Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve said conservative estimates put the number of polar bears at more than 230. Bears of all ages and sexes were present. According to a Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve news release, scientists were aboard the tourist ship, and an international scientific group monitoring bear populations in Chukotka – where Wrangel Island is located – and Alaska were told of the event. Russ wrote in a blog post, “You had to live it to believe it, even now there are people pinching themselves to make sure it really happened…there are no words to describe it.” Polar bears aren’t endangered , but are listed as vulnerable , a step below endangered, on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of Endangered Species . The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said some populations are stable, some appear to be on the rise, and others are decreasing. The loss of sea ice could seriously impact the animals. WWF said global polar bear numbers could fall 30 percent by 2050. Via Gizmodo , Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve , and Heritage Expeditions Images via A. Gruzdev

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"World’s saddest polar bear" will get temporary reprieve from tiny mall cage

November 14, 2016 by  
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Pizza the polar bear , known as the “world’s saddest polar bear,” will get a temporary reprieve from her cage at the Grandview Mall Aquarium in Guangzhou, China . As the mall makes minor alterations, Pizza will temporarily return to her birthplace, according to the aquarium . But many animal rights organizations say the sorrowful polar bear should not have to live in a mall at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yuRaNlx0bk “Pizza the polar bear will temporarily leave Guangzhou and return to her birthplace,” The Grandview Mall Aquarium said on their social media account on WeChat . The three-year-old polar bear was born at a zoo in Tianjin, a city in northeastern China, according to The Guardian. The mall did not state when Pizza would return, but in the meantime, their facilities will undergo renovations. The New York Times said Pizza’s enclosure will be doubled as part of the alterations, based on an article in The Guangzhou Daily. Related: “World’s saddest polar bear” offered new home at UK wildlife park Several other animals, including beluga whales, arctic foxes, walruses and a wolf also live at the Grandview Mall Aquarium, and animal rights campaigners say their predicament should not be forgotten. Capital Animal Welfare Association Director Qin Xiaona told The New York Times, “We still want to see the aquarium closed once and for all, to see all the animals moved.” Back in October, three Chinese organizations and Humane Society International (HSI) spoke out about Pizza’s ongoing plight, pointing to videos of the polar bear pacing and swinging her head as confirmation of her declining mental state. The groups said the mall should be shut down. HSI campaigner Peter Li told The Guardian, “No amount of renovation could ever make a shopping mall a suitable place for this animal.” He said it would be cruel and heartless to return Pizza to the Grandview Mall Aquarium. Via The Guardian and The New York Times Images via screenshot

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Trump advisers seek loopholes to allow ASAP withdrawl from Paris climate deal

November 14, 2016 by  
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US President-elect Donald Trump has promised on more than one occasion to “cancel” the country’s participation in the historic Paris climate deal, leading many to ask, “Can he even do that?” Although ratifying nations can undo their commitment to the international climate accord, the process is not exactly simple or fast. Yet, a new report says Trump is looking for the quickest way out . An anonymous source from Trump’s climate and energy transition team told Reuters that the president-elect and his advisers are trying to find a way to bypass the typical four-year exit process called for in the terms of agreement, which activated on November 4, 2016. The source told Reuters last week “it was reckless for the Paris agreement to enter into force before the election.” The historic international climate deal (written December 2015) met the participation threshold on October 4 that called for the agreement to activate 30 days later, on November 4. As of this weekend, 109 of nearly 200 countries around the globe have ratified the agreement. The accord outlines measures for nations that wish to withdraw from participation, citing a four-year wait before exit procedures could begin. Since the deal just went into force this month, it means the first opportunity to withdraw would not come until November 4, 2020 according to Article 28 of the international agreement. Related: Trump taps top climate denier to lead EPA transition team Trump’s advisers, according to Reuters’ anonymous source, are considering other methods of sidestepping the US commitment to the Paris climate deal. The possible options include pulling out of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (the Paris deal’s parent treaty), nullifying US participation in both agreements in one year from now, or creating an executive order to delete the US signature from the Paris deal. Any of these moves would be controversial in its own right, creating conflicts with other nations and paving the way for dangerous US policies that work against environmental protections, rather than for them. To say that climate change is a serious issue is the understatement of our lifetime; a recent United Nations report showed that global temperature increases are on track to exceed the parameters that the Paris climate deal were based on. Rather than fending off a 1.5-2C increase (over pre-industrial levels), world leaders may actually be tasked with combating a 3C increase that will wreak havoc on the globe unless drastic action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions. According to 2011 figures, the US is responsible for around 16 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, so the nation’s role in the Paris climate agreement is key to global survival. Yet, with a president-elect who firmly rejects the concept of climate change and has called it a Chinese “hoax,” the US may be primed to lead the charge to destroy the Earth’s environment for good. Via The Guardian Images via Gage Skidmore/Flickr and  UNclimatechange/Flickr

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Polar bear range states agree on groundbreaking protection plan to save the species

September 9, 2015 by  
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Polar bears got a crucial win this week, as the five nations with wild populations of the endangered bears agreed to a 10-year plan  to protect and manage the animals and their habitat. In the “first-ever circumpolar action plan” for wild polar bear survival, according to the World Wildlife Fund , the five so-called polar bear “range states” – Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Russia, and the U.S. – have committed to a long-term plan to curb the factors that are destroying polar bear habitats and causing populations to decline. Read the rest of Polar bear range states agree on groundbreaking protection plan to save the species

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Grizzly-polar bear hybrids appear in rapidly warming Arctic

August 10, 2015 by  
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In an unusual twist of the climate change saga, polar bears and grizzly bears are increasingly interbreeding and scientists are taking note. Since 2006, several confirmed and unconfirmed sightings of polar-grizzly hybrids have been reported as climate change alters the habitat and habits of the two species. As the Arctic continues to warm at a disproportionately rapid rate, continued hybridization of bears and other mammals may be inevitable. Read the rest of Grizzly-polar bear hybrids appear in rapidly warming Arctic

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

December 22, 2014 by  
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Apparently it’s not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience real snow once they venture out for the first time. This little guy is catching a glimpse of the snowy world around him, and his reactions are just priceless. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , arctic ice , arctic pollution , baby bear , baby polar bear , bear cub , bear cubs , Climate Change , endangered , endangered species , habitat loss , polar bear , polar bear cub , polar bear cubs , polar bear endangered , polar bears , sea ice

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Fabrica’s Uniquely Textured Polar Bear Rug Is Upcycled from Guatemalan Textile Waste

May 17, 2014 by  
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Have you ever dreamed about curling up in front of the fire–with a glass of wine and that special someone–on a gorgeous polar bear rug? Don’t worry–we’re not suddenly supporting the hunting of these majestic Arctic beasts . If you look closely, you’ll see that this polar bear rug from Fabrica isn’t an actual pelt. Instead, it’s made using salvaged materials from the textile industry in Guatemala. Keep reading to learn more about this unique design company and how they created this recycled home furnishing. Read the rest of Fabrica’s Uniquely Textured Polar Bear Rug Is Upcycled from Guatemalan Textile Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fabrica , Fabrica recycled textiles , Fabrica salvaged textiles , Fabrica upcycled textiles , polar bear rug , recycled textiles , textile waste , Wanted Design NYC

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Climate Scientists Warn That “The Polar Bear is Us” When it Comes to Global Warming

March 25, 2014 by  
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned the world that the effects of climate change won’t just affect ‘far-off’ species such as the polar bear. At a gathering of scientists in Japan, Patricia Romero Lankao of the federally financed National Center for Atmospheric Research summed up her peers’ concerns by saying: “The polar bear is us.” Read the rest of Climate Scientists Warn That “The Polar Bear is Us” When it Comes to Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , global warming , Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , japan climate change conference , national center for atmospheric research , polar bear        

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8 Heartbreakingly Adorable Endangered Animals

October 4, 2013 by  
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Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue Unabated Following Failed US CITES Bid

March 8, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The United States proposal to ban the sale of polar bear parts was struck down yesterday after a bitter fight at the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species conference in Thailand. The US representative argued that until we are able to get a handle on climate change, which threatens the 20,000 or so polar bears that still exist in the wild, hunting adds an “intolerable pressure” to the populations. But Canada, the sole exporter of polar bear skins, teeth and other parts, claims that there is insufficient scientific evidence that the animal is on the verge of extinction. Read the rest of Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue Unabated Following Failed US CITES Bid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canada , CITES , Climate Change , cop16 , endangered species , global warming , IFAW , Inuit , News , nrdc , polar bear , Thailand , US , Wildlife , wildlife trade , wwf

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