Project thermo-STAT Focuses on Impact of Rising Temperatures on Polar Bears, Sea Ice, and Arctic Habitat



    


    
    The world's foremost polar bear researchers, photographers, filmmakers,
and zoological institutions relate climate change findings and opinions about
the future of the threatened polar bears
    

    
    SEBASTOPOL, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to
alert the world that higher temperatures are having an immediate and negative
impact on polar bear conservation due to global warming, Polar Bears
International will launch project thermo-STAT.(TM) The initiative comprises
programs that involve a wide range of participants worldwide. In October,
2008, some events will take place from the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill,
Manitoba, where polar bears assemble annually to await the freeze up.
Predictions are that if global warming trends continue in the arctic,
two-thirds of the polar bear population could disappear by 2040.
    

    
    Linked to the world by a high-speed digital network, the team of top
polar bear researchers, photographers, and filmmakers will document and report
from a Tundra Buggy(TM) at Hudson Bay. They will provide live and
near-real-time interviews to the news media. This Digital Stage will be
available for media interviews.
    

    
    The team will discuss ice conditions and how changes in the environment
and sea ice caused by global warming threaten polar bears, and ultimately all
organisms on the planet. Project thermo-STAT core components include the
Arctic Ambassador Centers, the PBI website's CO2 calculator and the Leadership
Camp. Detailed information on each of the programs can be found online at
http://www.thermo-stat.org/
    

    
    The project thermo-STAT(TM) team includes members of PBI's Scientific
Advisory Council: Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, research wildlife biologist, U.S.
Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK; Dr. Donald Moore,
associate director for animal care, Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington,
D.C. and founding vice-chair and current advisor of animal welfare, American
Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA); Dr. Thomas S. Smith, associate professor and
research wildlife biologist, Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences,
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; and Dr. Ian Stirling, scientist
emeritus, Canadian Wildlife Service and adjunct professor, Department of
Biological Sciences, University of Alberta; and other elite polar bear
scientists. Additionally, the team includes four-time Emmy Award-winning
filmmaker, Daniel Zatz, and renowned award-winning photographer, Daniel J.
Cox, as well as many others.
    

    
    They will interpret the current and projected future of polar bear
conservation, and they will help encourage viewers around the world to take
actions that can reduce carbon footprints, such as curtailing driving and
planning trips efficiently; bicycling when possible; reducing electricity as
much as possible; supporting the return to rail transport for the transfer of
goods; and eating locally-grown, organic food to encourage the reduction in
the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers; all of which affect climate change.
    

    
    According to Robert Buchanan, PBI president, "It has become increasingly
clear that damage is occurring daily to our Earth and its creatures. Among the
gravest concerns is the peril imposed by global warming and vanishing sea ice.
The polar bear has become the iconic image of this threat, but all of us know
that the polar bear is literally the tip of the iceberg. Climate change is
threatening flora and fauna of all types -- and that includes we humans. The
heat is on. The time is now."
    

    About PBI
    
    Polar Bears International is a non-profit organization devoted to
worldwide conservation of the polar bear through support of research and
education. World headquarters are in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, at 550-5
Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L-2T4, Canada. U.S. headquarters are in
Sebastopol, California.
    

    For more information, see www.polarbearsinternational.org.


    




For further information:

For further information: Robert Buchanan, president, +1-813-335-3585
media@polarbearsinternational.org Web Site:
http://www.polarbearsinternational.org                
http://www.thermo-stat.org/

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