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Keep up with our latest articles featuring new research, stories, and content about polar bears.

A polar bear stands on a dusting of snow

It's Polar Bear Season!

Polar bear viewing in Churchill will be very different this year due to the pandemic. Fortunately, we're still planning a full schedule of virtual outreach.

A polar bear strides on the snow

Bear Spray Effective in a Variety of Conditions

A new study finds bear spray to be effective in wind and cold—in fact, in all environmental conditions where bears occur.

Carla Cook/Polar Bears International

Summer's End in Churchill

Summer in Churchill is always very brief. Flowers have come and gone, and the lush greens of the tundra have turned to vibrant reds and golden yellows.

A polar bear mom and two cubs swim in ice-cold water.

Polar Bear Questions: How Can Polar Bears Survive Swims in Icy Waters?

Humans can't survive long swims in ice-cold water, so how do polar bears do it? Staff Scientist Thea Bechshoft says the answer lies in one wobbly little word.

Melting sea ice

A Sign of the Future: Summer 2020 in the Arctic

This year's Arctic sea ice minimum is part of a troubling downward trend, reminding us of how much climate change has already impacted the region.

Close up of male polar bear, with long guard hairs visible on front legs

Secrets in Polar Bear Hair

Our study looked for the presence of trace elements in polar bear hair to see what insights could be gained.

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Caméra en direct

Watch our live Polar Bear Cams of the annual gathering of polar bears in Churchill, Canada. During off hours, enjoy highlights! #polarbearcam #arcticinspiration

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Polar Bears and Their Habitat

Bear Tracker

Follow polar bears as they journey across the ice.

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Polar Bears

Learn more about these remarkable animals.

Discover Polar Bears

Climate Change

A threat to polar bears and the sea ice they depend on.

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“The only way to save the bears and their sea ice habitats is to control temperature rise through greenhouse gas mitigation.”

Dr. Steven C. Armstrup

It's not too late. Act now to effect change.

Your actions today will help prevent potentially catastrophic changes from taking place—not only helping polar bears, but also preserving the climate that has allowed humans to flourish.

Act Now

Sur la trace des ours

Regardez des ours blancs se déplacer sur la glace marine pour chasser les phoques.

Sur la trace des ours

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Les ours blancs

Découvrez ces animaux remarquables.

Découvrir les ours blancs

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Les changements climatiques

Une menace pour les ours blancs et la glace marine dont ils dépendent.

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Il n’est pas trop tard. Agissez dès maintenant pour changer les choses.

Agir dès maintenant n’arrêtera pas immédiatement les changements climatiques, mais de nouvelles études montrent que nous pourrions voir des effets favorables dans une décennie environ. Vos actions d’aujourd’hui aideront à prévenir d’éventuels changements catastrophiques, pas seulement aiderez-vous les ours blancs, mais vous préserverez aussi le climat qui permet aux humains de prospérer.

Agir maintenant

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