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Polar Bears are Starving

National Geographic has released heart-breaking video of a polar bear about to die of starvation.   I am sorry to have to post this and these scenes make me physically ill, as do the scenes of the big cats being abused ……..  HOWEVER  perhaps this will galvanise at least one person reading this into action —   to  address   CLIMATE CHANGE.

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video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/171207-polar-bear-starving-iceless-land-vin-spd

 

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

WHAT CAN YOU DO??

1. Research Climate Change

2. Write to as many influential people as you can about this – need an urgent Solution

3. Discuss this with people

4. Join organisations that campaign for Climate Change awareness and real immediate Solutions –  just google or search  Climate Change Groups  and find some to join.

5.  Read relevant books, e.g. Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and “An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power”

6.  Pray

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Obama Administration supports upgrade in polar bear protection

Polar bears are the largest predators on land, and they are the largest of all bears.  Polar bears have fur and skin that allow them to absorb sunlight for warmth. Their blubber, or fat, insulates them in cold water.  Polar bears have been known to swim 100 miles (161 kilometers) at a stretch.

Thanks to people, like me, whom wrote to the U.S. President, the Obama Administration has announced that it will propose an upgrade in international protection for polar bears (Ursus maritimus) at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

If it passes, that increased protection under   CITES    will help end trophy hunting and stop the global trade in polar bear body parts.

This breakthrough is a major victory for NRDC BioGems Defenders, more than 100,000 of whom wrote to the White House asking President Obama to stand up for polar bears, in the weeks leading up to the administration’s decision.

Around the world, the Natural Resources Defense Council – NRDC – has played a leading role on this issue.  The team recently traveled to Geneva to advocate polar bear conservation with the CITES Standing Committee, and partnered with allies in Norway and the European Union to build international momentum.

Most importantly, the NRDC helped secure the support of Russia — a key player in polar bear conservation — for the US proposal.

Over the next few months NRDC will be updating me as the CITES treaty talks approach — and asking you to take more action to maximize our chances of success.

Please do what you can to help Polar Bears.  Thank you.

http://www.savebiogems.org/polar-bear-sos/

S.O.S. – Save Polar Bears – urgent

The Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) would like you to to champion global polar bear protection right now — so that Russia and other nations will follow the example of the U.S.A.

Last Friday the Russian Federation sent a letter to the Obama Administration promising that Russia would support a resolution to ban the international polar bear fur trade if the U.S. government introduces it.

Now we must prevail on the Administration to seize this extraordinary opportunity — and we must do it quickly. The deadline for our government to submit a resolution is this Thursday, October 4.

The White House needs to hear from you immediately.

Please send a message urging President Obama to lead the way globally by proposing a ban on the commercial trade in polar bear parts at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

This ban could help end one of the biggest threats to polar bear populations. Despite the growing threats of climate change, toxic pollution and oil development that jeopardize the very existence of polar bears, hunters continue to kill hundreds of them every year — and are allowed to sell their body parts legally in the international market.

That madness must end — for the sake of polar bear survival. But time runs out this Thursday 4 October 2012.

Urge President Obama to champion global polar bear protection right now — so that Russia and other nations will follow.

Thank you for answering the polar bear’s SOS.  Please visit the   NRDC   site for more information.

I sent in my customised message.  Will you too??

Polar Bears – on Thin Ice

polar bear cubs

Photo Link:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/20406121@N04/2222146906/

Polar bears are strong swimmers, but swimming long distances in open water is draining and can be fatal. In 2008 a radio-collared bear with a yearling cub swam an astounding 427 miles to reach the ice off the northern Alaska coast. The cub didn’t make it.

A grim future for polar bears is one of the most tangible and poignant outcomes of global warming.  In 2006, federal researchers reported that two-thirds of the world’s polar bear habitat could vanish by mid-century.   Saving the Polar Bears all hinges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions – carbon dioxide and other pollution from the burning of fossil fuels.   Time is running out.

Humankind needs to make a choice.

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