Future for polar bears in a declining sea ice environment: What do we know?

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Abstract

During an April 22, 2006, interview on the CBC radio program “The House,” Tim Flannery, author of the recent book “The Weathermakers,” stated, “Projections of the polar bear specialists are that by about 2030, around that date, the species will be extinct because of global warming induced changes in the Arctic sea ice.” That statement was followed on May 4th by quotations in the Toronto Globe and Mail from Dr. Mitch Taylor, a polar bear researcher in Nunavut, Canada, claiming, “polar bears have survived both warmer times and colder times than these,” that “nothing has melted the Arctic sea ice for 30 million years,” that “polar bears are remarkably adaptable,” and that “a warming climate might even benefit polar bears.”

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Future for polar bears in a declining sea ice environment: What do we know?
Volume 15
Issue 4
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 8
Last page 11
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N