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“This is the polar bear capital of the world, but the snow has gone”

A polar bear outside Churchill, Hudson Bay, Canada, November 2016.

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Canada’s Hudson Bay is as ice-free in November as on a summer’s day and polar bears could be extinct here by mid-century. If the bears are in trouble, so are we.

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“Pizzly or grolar bear: grizzly-polar hybrid is a new result of climate change”

Polar grizzly bear

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Climate change is known for swelling the oceans and fueling extreme weather, but it may be also causing the curious emergence of a new type of bear in the Arctic.

A bear shot in the frigid expanse of northern Canada is believed to be a grizzly-polar bear hybrid, a consequence of the increasing interactions between the two imposing bear species.

“Study: Polar bears swimming more as sea ice retreats”

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/04/20/Study-Polar-bears-swimming-more-as-sea-ice-retreats/1061461157673/?nll=1

Polar bears rely on sea ice — using it as a place to rest and hunt. Unfortunately, there seems to be less and less of it every year.

Scientists with the University of Alberta, Climate Change Canada and the Zoological Society of San Diego tracked the movements of polar bears in the Beaufort Sea and Hudson Bay. The data suggests the predators tend to swim greater distances as ice disappears.

“Polar Bear Critical Habitat in Alaska Restored by Appeals Court”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-29/polar-bear-critical-habitat-in-alaska-restored-by-appeals-court

A 187,000 square-mile swath of land and sea in Alaska was restored by a federal appeals court as a “critical habitat” for polar bears, a boon for the endangered species and yet another blow to Alaska’s tumbling petroleum industry.

“Climate change is ‘single biggest threat’ to polar bear survival”

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Global warming is now the single most important threat to the survival of the polar bear with retreating sea ice set to decimate populations, according to a new study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

“Polar bears eat dolphins as Arctic warms”

A polar bear eats a white-beaked dolphin in the Smeerenburgfjorden fjord, in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, on July 4, 2014. Dolphins had become trapped too far north possibly due to the almost absence of ice in the region in the past few years and the sudden arrival of ice in April. As the climate warms, the sight of polar bears tucking into weird meals, such as dolphins, could become more common.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/12/polar-bears-eat-dolphins-as-arctic-warms?CMP=EMCENVEML1631

Global warming is driving more species further north, scientists say, as polar bears are spotted devouring dolphins for the first time

Polar Bears International

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Polar Bears  are a species that is under great threat from global warming.

Polar Bears International is the world’s leading polar bear conservation group—dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat.

Their research, education, and action programs address the issues that are endangering polar bears.

Visit their website to find out what you can do to help.