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The Golden Toad is just the first of many species going extinct due to climate change

EarthTalk: Climate Change and Extinction

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine. (Additional references are added) Dear EarthTalk: Have any wildlife species gone extinct already as a result of global warming, and which are most at risk moving forward? – Melissa Zwicker, Bern, NC Global warming is definitely already taking its toll on wildlife…

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Shrinking sea ice forces Polar Bears into "marathon" swims as population declines

Polar Bears Undertaking Marathon Swims, Populations Declining Rapidly as Sea Ice Disappears

The polar bear population in the Beaufort Sea area have declined 50% or more in the last decade. Nearly 7 in 10 of the 100 bears the researchers monitored swam at least 49 km (30.44 mi) in 2012. That’s up 25% from 2007.

As climate change advances in the Arctic, polar bear populations continue to suffer

Polar Bears are Suffering from the Ravages of Climate Change

The polar bear is emblematic of the Canadian wilderness, but as an apex predator, they are also one of the species most at risk from climate change. The Arctic is experiencing the effects of global warming more than any other place on Earth. Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at almost twice the rate of the rest of the world,…

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Environmental News Wrap: Hopes for a National Climate Policy; Eco-Wiki Leaks; Offshore Wind, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Obama is doing what he can for a country that has no national climate change policy, Technology Review outlines what the US Government is doing for our climate future. Wind Farms are finding their way further out into the ocean. In the future we will…

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Salazar’s Recent Decision: Are Polar Bear Populations Bound for Inevitable Decline?

With the decision from Interior Secratary Ken Salazar not to reverse his predecessors decision concerning full protection of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act, the stage is set for the possible rapid decline and eventual extinction of the “King of the Arctic” by mid-century.

Will Europe Become Energy Independent in a Generation?

The Europeans seem confident they’re at a competitive advantage in the current climate and economic crisis because they’ve been playing by the (environmental) book for the past decade. Brussels has just adopted an Energy and Climate Package (pdf) that insiders boast will set the scene for a “new global industrial revolution”.  Those are the very words the European Energy commissioner…

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EarthTalk: Polar Bears in Trouble and the Promise of Biomass

This week’s EarthTalk from E Magazine discusses the threats facing polar bears and the promise and potential of using biomass as a component to solving our energy challenges.