Take Two for February 13, 2013

Report: Polar bears doomed without human intervention

Polar Bears

Andrew E. Derocher

Polar Bears

Andrew E. Derocher

Polar Bears

Andrew E. Derocher


Leading polar bear researchers have just published a paper outlining possible solutions for preserving the world's declining polar bear population.

Warming temperatures are rapidly melting the arctic ice the bears use as a hunting platform. Dire projections warn that up to two-thirds of polar bears could disappear by mid-century if nothing is done. Scientists have proposed some drastic measures to save them.

Everything from relocating entire bear populations to colder regions, feeding hungry bears in captivity, and even flying in loads of seal meat to their habitats on a regular basis.

While these ideas might sound extreme, the paper's author, Andrew Derocher from the University Alberta says this kind of planning is necessary if we want to avoid a real crisis.


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