Busy Times at the World’s Largest Polar Bear Prison

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Sea ice has done some extremely odd things in 2016. This is in part because climate change is reshaping the Arctic faster than the rest of the planet. In its Arctic Report Card 2016, released this week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration noted that Arctic air temperatures are increasing twice as fast as those in the temperate regions.

According to a new study, published last week, there’s a 71 percent chance that the global polar bear population will fall by over 30 percent in the next three decades.

The only hope for the polar bear is to reduce carbon emissions, in the hope that the runaway pace of Arctic warming will eventually stabilize and reverse. It’s a dire situation, which is forcing people like Derocher to consider extreme solutions—like feeding the surviving bears…

Read Full Article, The Atlantic (12-16-2016)

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Southern Beaufort Sea Polar Bear Population Declined in the 2000s; USGS (11-18-2014)
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