Forty percent. That’s the stunning population loss for polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea. The news comes from a new study linking the dramatic decline in this polar bear subpopulation in northeast Alaska and Canada to a loss of sea ice due to climate change.
WWF's Elisabeth Kruger focuses on mitigating conflict between polar bears and people, and ensuring species conservation is consistent in the three countries that are home to the Bering, Chukchi, and Beafort Sea polar bears: the US, Russia and Canada.
WWF scientists spent two weeks in April on a research expedition to the islands of Arctic Norway to study polar bears and their habitat. They gathered data on 53 bears total and placed GPS collars on seven females.
The International Forum on the Conservation of Polar Bears will bring together representatives from polar bear range countries, along with scientists, members of indigenous communities, WWF and other conservation leaders.
Now available for free in the iTunes App Store, ‘WWF Together’ is a unique interactive experience that brings you closer to the stories of elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species. Discover the animal’s lives and the work of WWF in a way you’ve never seen before. Try out “tiger vision,” stay as still as the polar bear during a hunt, and chop the panda’s bamboo.
Between the ash-colored sky, misty rain and snow-covered shoreline, I struggled to make out the polar bears that our captain insisted were straight ahead of us. No matter how much I strained, toggling between binoculars and naked eye, all I observed was thick, milky nothingness.
Our energy choices make a difference. Not just in our homes but for polar bears, snow leopards and every species. Fortunately, solar provides a clean and abundant source of energy. All over the US, people are saving money and the planet by going solar. Learn how with this infographic.