Polar Bear Goes Extinct Before Our Eyes -via- The Washington Post.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 28, 2008
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“…A recent federal aerial survey found nine polar bears swimming in Alaska‘s Chukchi Sea, with one at least 60 miles from shore…”It is very unusual to see so many bears in the open water at one time during a short flight period,” Williams said, noting that government scientists spotted the bears over a six-hour period. “It’s very worrisome. It’s what we had anticipated, but it’s happening right before our eyes.”

By comparison, federal scientists spotted a total of 12 polar bears swimming in the open ocean between 1987 and 2003. The federal government conducts the aerial surveys not to assess the status of polar bears in the region, but to determine whether bowhead whales in the Arctic will be affected by offshore oil development there.

Even if researchers spot polar bears swimming in distress, they cannot rescue them, as attempts to tranquilize the bears would cause them to drown. In May,Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne listed polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, saying diminishing sea ice jeopardized their ability to survive in the foreseeable future, but he argued such a listing should not prompt the government to regulate greenhouse gases linked to global warming…”

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


8 Responses to “Polar Bear Goes Extinct Before Our Eyes -via- The Washington Post.”

  1. anna says:

    It doesn’t matter how vicious they can be,
    look at how sad it looks on that iceberg tip.
    poor guy.

  2. […] it’s not news exactly—after all, the polar bear has become the symbol of our ecosystem, imperiled by global […]

  3. […] is, vague environmental problems like disappearing species, depleted resources and toxic pollution directly effect the daily lives of everyone on this planet. […]

  4. My heartmind melts like that sea ice.

  5. Megan says:

    Wow, that's so sad. I bet that poor thing drowned right after that picture was taken. You can see how scared it is of the water.

  6. Andrew says:

    My teacher told me polar bears are going extinct because of global warming. She said the fish swim really deep now because the water at the top is too hot. So the polar bears have nothing to eat and will all eventaully starve to death. There aren't many of them left now.

  7. John says:

    Except none of that is true. The Polar Bear population has been booming for a very long time and their population is increasing eight times faster than humans.

  8. Bill says:

    VERY TRUE JOHN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!