World Wildlife Fund site lets public track polar bears along Hudson Bay
Dec 03, 2007 04:30 AM
Want to see how climate change is affecting polar bears without adding to the problem by jumping in a plane? The non-profit World Wildlife Fund has launched a “polar bear” tracker site that lets you follow the paths of six female bears with their cubs over the next year. They hope it personalizes the issue for Canadians and drives them towards change.
“This is a Canadian icon species and it’s in trouble,” said Pete Ewins, WWF’s director of species conservation. He travelled to Hudson Bay’s Wapusk National Park this past summer to help Canadian Wildlife service researchers fit two female bears with satellite collars which will transmit data every four days for the next year, when they will automatically detach.
The David Suzuki Foundation has called on the Canadian government to protect polar bears as a threatened species. To date, the environment minister has not recognized the bears as a “species of concern,” despite scientists saying otherwise.
Not all scientists are on board. Are agendas of the social engineers
driving the science?
***The state of Alaska yesterday questioned the scientific justification for proposals to add polar bears to the US endangered species list. Tina Cunnings, a biologist attached to the Alaskan government, questioned whether they needed sea ice to survive, saying they could adapt to hunt on land and find alternative food sources to seals. ********
editor’s comment: One wonders how the polar bears survived periods of global warming that preceded the ice ages, e.g. when Greenland was settled by Europeans.