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Polar Bears Face a Tough Winter as Temperatures Spike in the Arctic

Polar beac on normal November sea ice

Tweet A friend posted a disturbing picture on Facebook the other day, shot by a resident of Churchill, Manitoba on December 30, 2015. At first there seems nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year. It shows the snowy shore of Hudson Bay, but looking closely, you can see waves breaking on the shore […]

California Wildfires Help Southern Plants Shift Northward

california wildfires

Tweet   Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.eurekalert.org See on Scoop.it – Wildlife Fire has always been an important part of forest health, but sometimes it’s a major force behind long-term ecological change. As in this summer’s California wildfires, when local areas become warmer and drier, fires become more frequent and often more devastating. Then as decades of forest […]

Starfish Wasting Disease Comes Home

Purple starfish

Tweet By Susie Green One of my favorite photos from my Quest for the Spirit Bear trip in Northern British Columbia was the photo I took of a purple starfish (sea star as is now the politically correct name – they aren’t actually fish) on one of the beaches we visited. The trip is not […]

What Do Polar Bears Eat? Ducks & Geese, Be Very Afraid.

Polar bear mother and cub at Nanuk Lodge 2013

Tweet hat do polar bears eat? The usual answer is seals, and as many as they can during their winter hunting season on the Arctic ice. But increasingly that season is getting shorter and shorter due to warming climate, leaving less time to gain the calories they need to survive. Historically, polar bears seal hunting […]

Researchers Predict Climate Change in Tropics Greater than Previously Thought

rainforest ecuador

Tweet Researchers at the University of Hawaii recently released a study indicating that climate change will potentially affect tropical areas much more than originally thought. The study, just released in the scientific journal Nature, points out that tropical climates are typically more stable than areas farther from the Equator, and the plants and animals there […]