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 Post subject: Polar Bears Drown; Islands Appear in Arctic Thaw
PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:06 pm 
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Polar bears drown, islands appear in Arctic thaw

Fri Sep 15, 2006


OSLO (Reuters) - Polar bears are drowning and receding Arctic glaciers have uncovered previously unknown islands in a drastic 2006 summer thaw widely blamed on global warming.

Signs of wrenching changes are apparent around the Arctic region due to unusual warmth -- the summer minimum for ice is usually reached between mid-September and early October before the Arctic freeze extends its grip.

"We know about three new islands this year that have been uncovered because the glaciers have retreated," said Rune Bergstrom, environmental adviser to the governor of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about 1,000 km (600 miles) from the North Pole.


The largest is about 300 by 100 meters, he told Reuters.

On a trip this summer "We saw a couple of polar bears in the sea east of Svalbard -- one of them looked to be dead and the other one looked to be exhausted," said Julian Dowdeswell, head of the Scott Polar Research Institute in England.

He said that the bears had apparently been stranded at sea by melting ice. The bears generally live around the fringes of the ice where they find it easiest to hunt seals.

NASA projected this week that Arctic sea ice is likely to recede in 2006 close to a low recorded in 2005 as part of a melting trend in recent decades. A stormy August in 2006 had slightly slowed the 2006 melt.



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After receiving more than 120,000 comments from NRDC activists throughout the spring and summer of 2006, on December 27, 2006 the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing polar bears as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act due to Arctic ice melt caused by global warming. If the listing is finalized, the Fish and Wildlife Service would be required to prepare a recovery plan for the bears, and federal agencies would be barred from taking any action that could harm polar bears or their habitat. The Fish and Wildlife Service has one additional year to gather and analyze peer reviews and public comments before making a final decision, but in the meantime, thanks to all of you who urged the agency to take this historic first step to ensure the survival of this iconic species.

A bit of hope for our polar bears. They sure look thin...

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don't know if it's been discussed here yet but i watched al gores dvd titled "an inconvenient truth"about global warming this past saturday. lots of ststistical info/research/analysis in it that clearly shows we are headed for some huge problems in the very near future.

on the polar bears gore was able to describe how some researchers who study the impact on wildlife of cases in which some bears have drown as the result of having to swim as far as 60 miles to reach solid ice again after getting marooned on a piece that breaks off and then melts.

other wildlife impacts/studies are showing how different warm climate species are slowly moving northward to be found in places that they may never have existed for thousands of years.

but for bushicon lovers it's all a frickin hoax.

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Awwwwwwwwww...po' wittle powlah-beahs go bye-bye! Mean mankind!


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