News & Updates

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 15:04

Land-based Foods Not the Answer for Polar Bears

Scientists have known for years that polar bears forced ashore in summer by melting sea ice may feed on foods like bird eggs, berries, and small mammals. But would polar bears be able to... Continue Reading

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 11:38

Amstrup to Speak in Boulder April 3

Dr. Steve Amstrup, chief scientist and vice president of conservation science at Polar Bears International, will be speaking in Boulder on April 3 as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series... Continue Reading

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 07:11

Arctic Sea Ice Thinner and Less Extensive

A new study finds that Arctic sea ice is thinning at a steadier and faster rate than previously thought. Sea ice extent has been fairly well observed by satellites, but observations of ice... Continue Reading

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 08:35

New Study Helps Scientists Understand Polar Bear Diets

It used to be that polar bears ate mainly one thing—seals. Maybe they’d munch a little kelp while waiting for sea ice to form or chow down on a beached whale, but the bulk of their nutrition... Continue Reading

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:17

Industrial Chemicals Reduce Bone Density in Polar Bears

Could the chemicals we release into the ecosystem be responsible for reduced bone density in polar bears? New research from Aarhus University in Denmark suggests that endocrine disrupting... Continue Reading

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:36

News to Celebrate: Obama Recommends Protection for Key Polar Bear Dennning Area

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain in Alaska is a spectacular, vast landscape that is home to almost 200 wildlife species, from vast herds of caribou to muskoxen and polar... Continue Reading

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 14:28

New Study Strengthens Evidence That Time Remains to Help Polar Bears

One of the most frequent questions that we receive is whether it’s too late to help polar bears. Our scientists answer emphatically, “No—it is not too late.” If we act swiftly to reduce... Continue Reading

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 18:04

Polar Bears Shifting to Areas with More Sea Ice, Genetic Study Reveals

U.S. Geological Survey Press Release — In a new polar bear study published today, scientists from around the Arctic have shown that recent generations of polar bears are moving towards areas... Continue Reading

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:30

Arctic Report Card Released Today

How did the Arctic do this year? A new report takes us through the marks.  Every December since 2006, NOAA has published the annual Arctic Report Card, a peer-reviewed summary of reliable... Continue Reading

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:26

New Study: Polar Bear Capture and Release Does Not Adversely Affect Bears

What polar bear researchers knew to be true is now backed up with a mountain of empirical data. A new analysis has shown that 40 years of polar bear research based on a live capture and... Continue Reading


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