Polar Bears & Humans
Polar bears and humans have a long history in most parts of the Arctic. Ever since the Inuits encountered the polar bears hundreds of years ago, there has been more and more interaction with this large predator. Today, hunting, scientific activity and tourism are directly interfering with the life of the polar bears. Climate change and pollution, also linked to human activity, are adversely affecting the Arctic King.
The big question is, how this human activity is affecting the polar bears. How many polar bears are killed annually? Is this hunting sustainable? Is the current polar bear management successful? How does climate change affect the survival and opportunities for polar bears? Is the population of polar bears decreasing or increasing? Are there any red flags regarding the trade of polar bear skins? These are some of the important questions very few authors, researchers and organizations are asking. In this project we want to publish information about these topics.
The first outcome of this project will be a high quality book (format 29×26 cm) that will combine scientific facts, photo stories and interviews. Since there is scarce literature containing comprehensive reports or “written knowledge” on these topics available today, this book will be important to drive involvement of people and organizations in Arctic conservation. Ole J. Liodden is the founder of this project and will be the main author and photographer for the book.
One of the main challenges in this project is that many people have strong feelings about polar bears, hunting, native people and climate change issues. It is politically incorrect to question Inuits, scientific activity, or the polar bear management – especially in areas with hunting, and it is difficult to get the necessary information from these areas. It’s not an easy task, but we believe it’s possible to undertake this project in a professional way, and you are welcome to be a part of it.
Living on thin ice
The ocean temperature is rising, the Arctic ice coverage is shrinking and the drifting ice is getting thinner. How serious is this change? How does it affect the polar bears and other animals? How can the polar bears adapt to this new future?
Many books and scientific papers have been published about climate change, but there is not much information available on how this affects the polar bears regarding their growth rates (population changes), their choices on thin ice and the kind of ice that is most limiting for their existence.
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