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On Thin Ice

Monday, January 04, 2010

Science writer Richard Ellis talks about how the polar bear has become a symbol of how climate change threatens life on the planet. In On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear, he looks at why the world population of polar bears has shrunk by half in the last 20 years.

Guests:

Richard Ellis

Comments [17]

Phoebe from NJ

Mozo: There is an interesting book by Alan Weisman called "The World Without Us" which addresses this, including the residual effects of our current infrastructure.

Hunting for food, and food alone, I get. In fact, it is more humane than the ways in which meat is currently mass produced. Hunting for sport? WTF.

Jan. 04 2010 03:57 PM
hjs from 11211

Alice
she can't read that would make her perfect to work for palin...

Jan. 04 2010 03:10 PM
Sandra from Astoria, Queens

I now love Richard Ellis too! This interview was amazing. You can hear the bitterness and righteous anger in his voice. More people need to take on the reptilian ideologies of ignoramuses like Sarah Palin with the intelligence and toughness of this guy. Bravo!

Jan. 04 2010 02:38 PM
Alice

From the Adventures in the Wild website, 4th line down below the title:

"If you would like to go hunting in Canada, we offer hunting adventures for polar bear, black bear, whitetail deer, caribou, muskox and moose."

Maybe she can't read? Wouldn't be surprised.

Jan. 04 2010 01:46 PM
hjs from 11211

Kathy
are u for real or do u work for sarah palin. it's right on the home page!

Jan. 04 2010 01:22 PM
Kathy from Warren, NJ

I don't see anything about hunting polar bears on the Adventures in the Wild website. At all.

Jan. 04 2010 01:16 PM
mozo from nyc

What would happen, frank, if there were no more homo sapiens? I wonder how that would impact the environment.

Jan. 04 2010 12:59 PM
Lori from NJ

Okay, I officially love Richard Ellis now!

Thank you for addressing the pathetic macho madness that is trophy hunting.

Jan. 04 2010 12:56 PM
Phoebe from NJ

These are the Wasilla rednecks offering polar bear hunting trips: http://www.adventuresinthewild.com/

Disgusting.

Jan. 04 2010 12:56 PM
al oof from brooklyn

is it true that polar bears are the only animals that will actively hunt humans?

i heard that somewhere. makes me think they are super cool!

as for their dying away, it's a big deal when a mamallian species dies away and it's totally an indication in this case that something is terribly wrong.

a better question i think is why is shooting them so damned important to anyone?

Jan. 04 2010 12:54 PM
Lori from NJ

Palin is a tool. So sad that Americans believe she has political credibility.

Jan. 04 2010 12:52 PM
Steve from Brooklyn

Are there less seals than they used to be? Is it just climate change that hurts them or is it a food issue?

Also how do they drink water? Do they eat the snow?

Jan. 04 2010 12:51 PM
Elizabeth from Brooklyn

Why are Polar Bears now so contaminated?

Jan. 04 2010 12:50 PM
Lori from NJ

Thank you for this story. The plight of the polar bear is heartbreaking. I marvel at how people can think that the extinction of various species won't eventually matter/catch up to our species.

I'd love to see a story about how Rancher (Secy.) Salazar has removed the endangered species for wolves. They are being hunted/killed as we "speak".

Jan. 04 2010 12:49 PM
hjs from 11211

frank
why is "a gauge for overall Arctic health" a " weak arguement"

Jan. 04 2010 12:46 PM
Frank from Corning

What would happen if there were no polar bears? I understand the environmental implications of development in the arctic, but why is the preservation of polar bear populations a vital goal in and of itself? I read an interview of Mr. Ellis' on Amazon, and it would seem it simply boils down to either sentimentality, or the labeling of polar bears as a gauge for overall Arctic health. Is there any reason beyond these weak arguements?

Jan. 04 2010 12:07 PM
Hank from Brooklyn

Could we build rafts for the polar bears ?

Jan. 02 2010 10:32 AM

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