An Inconvenient Truth: More Polar Bears Alive Today Than 40 Years Ago

An Inconvenient Truth: More Polar Bears Alive Today Than 40 Years Ago

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polar-bear-wcubs-polar-bear-international-RandCBuchananAuthor Zac Unger dragged his family to northern Canada in order to write a book about a vanishing species. He wanted to write the quintessential requiem about the magnificent polar bear dying off.

What he learned when he got there — that there are more polar bears alive today than there were 40 years ago — led him to pen a completely different book.

“In 1973, there was a global hunting ban. So once hunting was dramatically reduced, the population exploded,” he explained on NPR.

“This is not to say that global warming is not real or is not a problem for the polar bears,” Unger added.

His book, Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye, became a story about the search for truth amid a family field trip to the Arctic’s edge.

(READ more and listen to the story at NPR)

Photo credit: Polar Bear International, R Buchanan
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