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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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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.