arctic sea ice

Ocean Roundup: Polar Bears Turning to Snow Geese for Food, Arctic Sea Ice Found to Absorb CO2, and More

Posted Tue, Sep 23, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to antarctic fish, arctic sea ice, polar bears, sea otters, UN climate

Polar bears diets are shifting from climate change

Polar bears are shifting diets to deal with climate change. (Photo: Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Researchers say that sea otter populations, who have been slowly rebounding after recovering from near-extinction, did not increase from 2013. This is worrisome to scientists, who say that a lack of food, increased shark attacks, disease, and other factors are keeping them from recovery. SFGate


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Arctic Sea Ice at Second Lowest on Record

Posted Mon, Sep 19, 2011 by Meghan Bartels to arctic sea ice, climate change, global warming, melting sea ice, polar bears, sea level rise, walruses

grey seal

A grey seal. © Oceana/Carlos Minguell

The latest sea ice data are out, and they aren't pretty. Here’s the latest:

The sea ice data in particular are drawing a lot of attention because sea ice maintenance affects weather patterns around the globe, melting ice contributes to warmer oceans and rising sea levels, and unusual ice patterns can wreak havoc on the lives of native humans and animals, particularly polar bears, which can drown, and walruses, which can starve.


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New Report: It’s Getting Hot Out There

Posted Wed, Jan 5, 2011 by Matt Huelsenbeck to arctic sea ice, climate change, coral reefs, it's getting hot out there, ocean acidification, reports, shallow water corals

Every year the Endangered Species Coalition creates a report that focuses on 10 species facing extinction that are currently listed or being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

This year’s report, It’s Getting Hot Out There: Top Ten Places to Save for Endangered Species, focuses on critical habitats that support endangered species and are themselves threatened by climate change. Shallow water coral reefs and Arctic sea ice, two important habitats that Oceana works hard to protect, were selected as two of the top 10 most important habitats to protect.

Oceana nominated shallow water coral reefs as a habitat that is important to save from the threats caused by human-produced carbon dioxide emissions: climate change and ocean acidification.


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