Saturday, June 20, 2009

Russia Creates Park to Save Polar Bears

The ‘Russian Arctic’ park is located on the northern part of Novaya Zemlya, a long island that arcs out into the Arctic Ocean between the Barents and Kara Seas and includes some adjacent marine areas.
The 1.5 million hectare park will protect much of the Barents and Kara Sea polar bear populations.
Still lacking is urgent global action on global climate change to ensure that the Arctic stays cold enough for species such as polar bears.

1 comment:

Donna Dannen said...

I am really excited about this! This happens to be the area where my choice breed of dog (the Samoyed) originated. I am wondering if the state of Russia would allow the indigenous people to continue their life of hunting and reindeer herding in this area? Also, I understand that oil is worked on the nearby Tamalyr Penninsula. I am so glad Russia is coming around to some sort of conservation (as at Lake Baikal).