At a recent international meeting to protect species from international trade, Canada pressured countries to oppose a proposal supported by both the U.S. and Russia to prohibit international trade in polar bear parts and products.
Watching the planet's animals in motion offers a front-row view on an age-old drama where the marvels of adaptation are on stage.
What if your doctor diagnosed your grave sickness but then refused you medicine? That's basically what's happening to wildlife threatened by climate change.
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One thing we've always been acutely aware of is that travel to and in Canada's north can be prohibitively expensive. At the same time, we are passionate about people experiencing this incredible part of the world.
Sure, we'd seen polar bears in the zoo. But nothing prepared us for the sheer magic of watching the King of the Arctic in its natural realm.
I love connecting with inspiring people who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place. Jeff Corwin is that guy. Jeff exemplifies the power of what one person can accomplish in a positive way to improve our world.
There are a lot of devoted animal advocates in Congress, and some very good bills moving forward. But there is also a lot of foolishness, selfishness, and greed in Congress and the snake and polar bear issues show off these characteristics in the worst possible ways.
Observable even during my 10 short years working in the field, the polar bears I see today aren't as big as they used to be. Their unique environment is changing.
We see the effects of a warming world manifest in many aspects of polar bears' life cycle from reduced numbers to shrinking body sizes, from smaller litters of cubs to altered movement patterns. Like a vet studying a sick animal, we see many problems in the world of polar bears today.
The live Polar Bear Cam provides a window onto this world, allowing you to become inspired by the beauty of these majestic animals, to witness the effects of global warming first-hand -- and to become inspired to take action.
To make a complex story simple, polar bears are threatened by habitat loss. We may hold onto polar bears as a species to the end of the century, but this is predicated on many hopeful elements.
There is no contradiction for global warming to cause dramatic sea ice loss in the Arctic and a slight expansion in the Antarctic. There is no doubt in my mind that the implications for polar bears habitat loss are serious and sobering.