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For polar bears, whales, walruses & more, we have to address #climatechange in the Arctic #GLACIER

For polar bears, whales, walruses & more, we have to address #climatechange in the Arctic #GLACIER

Polar bears struggle to adapt to the new normal By Cheryl Lyn Dybas In 1773, King George III of England appointed naval officer Constantine John Phipps to command an Arctic expedition to search for a passage to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, on the ice fields near Spitsbergen (now Svalbard), Norway, Phipps found polar bears. The explorer was the first to describe the bears as a distinct species, Ursus maritimus. Were he to undertake the journey today, Phipps would spot polar bears not on sea ice but wandering along rocky shorelines, searching for frozen water. For polar bears—marine mammals and apex predators of arctic realms in Norway, Canada, Greenland, Russia and Alaska—everything begins and ends with ice, or more to the point, with the ice edge. For the bears, that edge is the thin line between life and death. If sea ice continues to melt at its current rate, scientists b...

Full article: http://www.defenders.org/magazine/winter-2015/life-after-ice

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