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New diseases harm polar bears as climate changes

The decrease in Arctic ice as a result of global warming has already taken it’s toll on polar bears, leaving them with fewer habitats and increased difficulty in finding food. But scientists have now discovered a larger, and potentially more lethal, threat to the Arctic mammal. They discovered that the …

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World fails to ban international trade in polar bear parts

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Countries today rejected a U.S. proposal to ban the international commercial trade in polar bear parts. In refusing the ban, parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), now meeting in Thailand, have allowed the destructive polar bear rug trade, primarily through …

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Obama Administration again proposes polar bear extinction plan

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The Obama administration announced today that it is reissuing a Bush-era regulation that sharply limits protections for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. Both the current proposal and the previous Bush rule exclude activities occurring outside the range of polar bears — such as the greenhouse gas emissions of …

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Mystery illness affecting polar bears

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Polar bears in Alaska have been spotted with missing patches of fur, causing concern among scientists that a mystery illness may be spreading. Nine out of 33 bears studied were found to have alopecia – loss of fur – and skin lesions. Scientists working near Barrow, Alaska, are now trying …

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Polar bears turning to cannibalism to survive

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One prominent wildlife expert and photojournalist has gathered pictures proving that arctic polar bears trapped on land will turn to cannibalism in order to survive. Jenny Ross, described by UPI as an environmental photojournalist, witnessed a polar bear eating what she initially believed was a seal carcass, then dragging it …

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Manitoba, Ontario polar bears doomed, says expert

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Polar bears may survive high up in the Arctic but Manitoba and Ontario”s bears are all but doomed, says the world”s best-known expert on the species. Wildlife biologist Ian Stirling, who”s been studying polar bears for 41 years, believes it is now too late to prevent the iconic Arctic species …

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