Freedom for 5 moon bears held captive for 21 years on a bile farm

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This Monday non-profit group Animals Asia removed five moon bears that had been captive for over two decades from a farm in Vietnam. They were being held for 21 years, receiving regular bile extractions until their rescue from the southern town of My Tho, according to the group. The NGO transported the freedom five 1,050 miles by truck over the course of the week to Vietnam’s Tam Dao National Park. They were eagerly awaited at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, an expansive and lush sanctuary dedicated… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Movement to save grizzly bears from hunters scores a victory

Thomas Mangelsen who brought fame to “Grizzly 399″, a female Yellowstone bear with her three cubs now recognized all over the world, has been selected to receive a hunting license in Wyoming. The photographer was one of 7,000 hopeful lottery applicants to appear on the “Issuance List” released on Thursday by the state’s Game and Fish Department. However, unlike the majority of entrants in Yellowstone’s first bear hunt in nearly half a century, Mangelsen hopes to tag his catch in a photo rather than… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New evidence shows oil and coal were central in the decision to reduce Bears Ears

Despite lip-service to the contrary, new evidence reveals that oil and mining played a central role in the decision to reduce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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Zinke claimed in December that he had recommended reducing the size of Utah’s protected areas because he wanted to enact take “an approach in which we listen to the voices of the people, not Washington, D.C., special interests,” citing the fact that Utah government leaders were opposed to the designation of Bears… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Polar bears could go extinct sooner than scientists previously thought

We’ve known climate change will cause trouble for polar bears for a while, but a new study reveals their metabolic rates are higher than we thought, and a changing environment is making it harder for them to snare enough food to reach energy demands. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

President Trump shrinks Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments by 2 million acres

President Trump flew to Utah today to announce plans to drastically reduce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments. The unprecedentd move would rip apart land that is invaluable to the Native American tribes who hold the land sacred, will open pristine wilderness to coal mining and energy exploration and will prevent people from visitng the priceless environment that a majority of Americans want protected.

Leaked maps reveal that the monuments will be selectively chopped… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

“You had to live it to believe it” – hundreds of polar bears rush to feast on one whale carcass

When a bowhead whale washed ashore at Wrangel Island in Russia, the polar bears were ready. They gathered to eat the carcass, and tourists captured the experience on camera. Estimates put the number of polar bears between 150 and 230. As there are around 20,000 to 25,000 of the animals on Earth, almost one percent of the world’s polar bears, according to Gizmodo, could have assembled for the feast.

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