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Mon, 2007-09-24 20:38Bill McKibben
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Lomborg Cool On Polar Bears

Just as Bjorn Lomborg's new book, Cool It, was being finished, the IPCC published its economic data making clear that he had badly overestimated the costs and the difficulties of controlling global warming.

Their report convinced his old allies at The Economist magazine that the time had come to stop stalling and start making change, and that world would hardly notice the cost involved.

And earlier this month, just as his new book hit the bookstores, the U.S. Department of the Interior (that is to say the Bush administration, that is to say Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, formerly the governor of Idaho, that is to say not the Sierra Club) issued a report on the future for polar bears.

Tue, 2007-09-11 15:07Emily Murgatroyd
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Busting the Polar Bear Myth Part 2 - Impending Extinction?

Joseph Romm has published part two of an investigation into the dwindling population of polar bears.

While part one examined and dispeled the myth that the polar bear population was increasing, part two takes a hard look at the fact that the population may be decreasing more quickly than has been forecast.

Mon, 2007-09-10 12:11Kevin Grandia
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Busting the polar bear myth

Joseph Romm has a great article today on the grim prediction that polar bears will be extinct by 2030.

The myth is that polar populations are increasing. While we wish this was true, it is anything but as Romm explains. 
Fri, 2007-07-20 11:30Bill Miller
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Ontario acknowledges polar-bear extinction, other widespread threats due to global warming

A new government website says if climate change continues the temperature will rise up to 10 degrees in northern Ontario, driving polar bears to extinction and unleashing new insect-borne disease across the province.

Mon, 2007-04-16 10:51Bill Miller
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Russia embraces hunting to protect imperiled polar bears

Driven to areas where people live by shrinking ice due to global warming, polar bears have become a prime target for poachers, both for meat and the thousands of dollars their pelts can fetch. Russia’s government hopes a legal hunt can rein in the rampant poaching.

Tue, 2007-03-27 09:53Bill Miller
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Global warming heats up in the Arctic

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Arctic holds some 25 per cent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas, among other resources, and the melting of the Polar ice cap due to human-induced climate change is accelerating the stampede for riches. It's a catastrophic scenario for the Arctic ecosystem, for polar bears and other wildlife, and for Inuit populations whose ancient cultures depend on frozen waters.

Thu, 2007-03-08 09:29Bill Miller
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U.S. stifles officials from responding to global warming questions

Internal memorandums circulated in Alaska’s federal Fish and Wildlife Service appear to muzzle government biologists traveling abroad in Arctic countries from discussing climate change, polar bears or sea ice without official authorization. Only those who “understand the administration’s position” can talk to the issues.

Fri, 2007-02-23 12:39Bill Miller
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Attack on Gore’s film countered; polar bears are drowning due to melting ice

CNSNews has run an attack on Al Gore, saying An Inconvenient Truth should be disqualified from the Oscar it is widely expected to win for best documentary. The attack was based on a book entitled “Eco-Freaks,” which downplayed the threat to polar bears posed by global warming. But a story in the London Sunday Times backs the former US vice-president.

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