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While we feel deeply for these animals, unfortunately, there is no practical way to rescue them.
Simply finding them again following the original sighting would be nearly impossible as the arctic waters are very wide, the currents are strong, and adult bears can move quite quickly through the water.
We must also take into account that polar bears have been documented swimming up to 320kms (about 200 miles). A polar bear in the water, even one far from land or ice, is not always a polar bear that needs saving.
Some people have suggested that artificial platforms placed in the water could act as a home for the bears.
In reality, however, one must recognise the vast scale of the Arctic and the area normally covered by ice. It would not be practical to replace that with artificial platforms.
Such platforms are also no substitute for the role of sea ice in food production. Sea ice is part of a vital arctic food web, sustaining plants and animals from single-celled creatures all the way up to seals. Without this food web, polar bears cannot survive.
What we can do, right now, is to take actions that will help polar bear populations. The most important threat is climate change. The Arctic is feeling the effects of that change first and worst.
The science is clear but some governments are not moving quickly enough to address it. They fail to see that the polar bears are the early victims of a global crisis that warrants immediate attention and bold action. Polar bears and people share the same planet—and the same fate.
We can also take action to deal with some immediate threats to the bears, such as increasing industrialisation of the Arctic, and unsustainable levels of hunting. By making the right choices, we can save polar bears as a wild species, and save ourselves in the process.
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WWF may not have a clue about a maneuver being practiced now to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Floating islands of soil with vegetation are being used to help clean up pollutants. Maybe someone in WWF should read up on this and talk to people in the Bay foundation. Not hard to find--just search for C.B. floating islands!
SO, does the Bay project not merit your further brainstorming artificial islands for polar bears? All WWF employee answers seem to say nothing, just thinly veiled polite ways of telling us to shove it. Cheryl, did you or any of your colleagues even read up on the Bay project? Regarding the polar bears and the islands idea, WWF continues to show it has no imagination or interest--only apathy.
All I read here from WWF is:
Can't be done, too much work, too expensive, blablabla.
THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY!!
I don't believe that it would NOT make sense to at least give polars bears a web of artificial platforms...instead of waiting for a "climate-back-change" while the polar bears slowly die.
People have come up with idea that help in the creation of coral riffs...
So why not determine once and for all what polar bears need...and then at least TRY to manufacture a float-able device that fulfills this!
At least PARTIALLY!!
Would it not be better to do SOMETHING instead of not doing ANYTHING???
While at the same time working on the root of the problem??
Seriously...I am so annoyed with every "expert" just quoting the previous one with the exact same words...
I agree with Christine like I have agreed with others wanting scientists who can analyze, engineer, test and use this method. There are at least 2 precedents: floating manmade islands placed in rivers changed by humans with dams or other of our 'wonderful' inventions in order to create havens of food, safety and crossovers for animals; the 2nd example are the many natural bridges that have been and still are being built -- worldwide -- to allow animals to cross our highly trafficked highways safely. These bypasses are working! So the WWF attitude toward helping polar bears in the ways suggested is puzzling, lazy and indicates poor management. I want an answer to 'why not' from WWF that isn't the usual useless blather we always get.
P.S. to my comment of a few minutes ago: you can find more about the Chesapeake Bay floating islands at http://talbotspy.org/chesapeake-bay-f... as recent at 2013. And I forgot to mention one of the other natural results of these islands is to help with the Bay's pollution problem.
There is a way if we could get some rich person who wants to be even more famous by attaching his/her name/logo to the Artificial Island and drop one for a bear in distress. It costs 800/hr for the helicopter but is not that expensive to make the island, about $3000CAD.
Hi Christine & Jo
I hope you enjoy reading my book about polar bears as a small token of thanks.
When you read it, please go back and read the Fact Flakes after you have read the story as they ruin the flow if you try to read them on each page.
Just click on the link at the top of this email and scroll through the book.
The illustrations were done by a 17 yr old student from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts.
I am trying to spread the word.