A new campaign plans to relocate polar bears to Antarctica
to protect them from the effects of climate change. Based on the rates of ice melt in the North, scientists say most polar bears will be gone by 2050
. The first bears will be moved on Earth Day, April 22
. The relocation will be the initial step in a planned five-year program to migrate 3,000 polar bears from the Northern Arctic to the southern continent of Antarctica. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to rule soon
on whether to list polar bears as endangered species; however, it has indicated that relocating polar bears would be much less expensive to taxpayers than listing them under the 1973 act.
posted by commonmedia
on Mar 31, 2008 -
The Polar Bears of Spitsbergen
is an amazing and gruesome photo gallery posted by a photographer who stumbled across a bear & its cubs at feeding time & spent the next 45 minutes capturing the event. via
posted by jonson
on May 12, 2007 -
Polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba.
Wildlife photographer Ken Bereskin has a nice collection of polar bears
frolicking in the snow. This itchy bear
is so frustrated, he's using the rippled ice of a frozen lake to
scratch himself. If you need a change of temperature, he also has over 500 images
of wildlife from Uganda and Kenya, including big
(a mother cuddling
, a cheetah chomping
down on a gazelle
, and a young lioness shredding
a skeleton to pieces
eating the cheetah's leftovers, a black-headed heron eating
a venomous boomslang snake
, and a scary-looking
taking it all in from above). He also has a smaller
of desert wildlife from the dunes of Etoshia National
Park in Namibia. (His real job is working for Apple, and he has a
that hasn't been updated in eons, but evidently that's not as much fun
as chasing after hungry carnivorous animals in the sweltering heat, or
risking frostbite in the snow).
posted by invisible ink
on May 6, 2004 -
Svalbard, the Arctic pearl.
It appears Svalbard
has a tourism industry
, a pretty good FAQ
, some cold weather
, but not that cold, since the Gulf Stream terminates there
(scroll down to map).
The Polar bears are being studied for PCB accumulation
, which strikes me as interesting, considering the location of Svalbard
. Granted, it's not out of the way, like Franz Josef Land
, but then they don't have Restaurant Nansen
, do they?
posted by dglynn
on Jan 29, 2002 -