Wednesday Shout-Outs, Jan. 9, 2013

These Cincinnati Zoo teens are working to reduce the use of disposable bottles. Details...
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Dr. Andrew Derocher Details...
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 00:00

We’re starting something new here on the PBI blog: Wednesday Shout-Outs. Each week we’ll feature several people who are working hard to fight climate change and save polar bears.

  • At the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden a group of 11 dedicated teens, from their volunteer program known as T.R.I.B.E. (Teen Recruits Inspiring By Example), have committed to the future of polar bears and mitigating climate change. In their words: We’ve not only pledged to stop using plastic water bottles in our daily lives but have also designed our own re-usable water bottle program, known as “Bottles for Bears by T.R.I.B.E.!” Through this program we will inspire our communities to take action, not only in reducing plastic consumption but also by re-using these bottles (which are made of post consumer recycled materials, are recyclable and are biodegradable). We will continue to grow water bottle program and take the revenues made to plant trees throughout the community as well as invest in “Bottles for Bears by T.R.I.B.E.”
  • Dr. Andrew Derocher is a professor of biology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and a longtime scientific advisor to PBI. He has been studying polar bears for 20 years, and his current work includes assessment of the effects of climate change and toxic chemicals on polar bears. He is the author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior. We could feature him any week, but we picked today because of two recent, moving blog posts he wrote for us. The first on Zombie Polar Bear Populations and the second about mother polar bears all Snug in their Beds.
  • This third person is a filmmaker who had a close encounter with a polar bear. Since he is OK, it’s fair to say that the video below is pretty entertaining.
  • Bill Nye (you know, the Science Guy) narrated a “Climate Change 101” video for kids. You’re never to young to start learning about global warming.
  • If you think your job is tough, imagine doing it in sub-freezing temperatures. Dr. Merav Ben-David, a wildlife ecology professor from the University of Wyoming is working with PBI on our Citizen Scientist Project. Her research with polar bears over the course of a decade have led her to the sea ice off the Alaska coast and the shores of Hudson Bay as the polar bears wait for freeze-up.
Bill Nye talks about climate change. Details...
"What happens to the bear attacking the photographer if the cube fails, or if the bear turns its attention to the rest of the film crew that is recording the events from outside the cube? With luck the bear might only have been chased away but it is also possible it might have been destroyed in 'self-defense.' Broken teeth and other injuries could result as a bear bites and claws at such a foreign object, and at the very least, it is unconscionable to encourage a bear to waste its time attacking a cage when it is already stressed by declining habitat." Details...

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