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March 10, 2006 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
Whales, walruses, seabirds and fish are struggling to survive the changing climate of the Bering Sea, their northern feeding grounds perhaps permanently disrupted by warmer temperatures and melting ice, scientists reported Thursday in the journal Science. By pulling together a broad range of observations and surveys, an international research team concluded that it is witnessing the transformation of an entire ecosystem in a region home to almost half of U.S. commercial fish production.
May 15, 2008 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The Interior Department on Wednesday designated the polar bear as threatened with extinction because of shrinking sea ice, making it the first creature added to the endangered species list primarily because of global warming. The designation under the Endangered Species Act requires the agency to identify critical habitat to be protected and to form a strategy to assist the bear population's recovery.
December 28, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss
First came the polar bear. Now, the federal government has added two other marine mammals to the list of creatures threatened with extinction because of vanishing sea ice in a warming Arctic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has officially listed bearded seal and the ringed seal as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The reason is not inadequate supplies of fish and other food for these seals, or excessive hunting by humans. It's the loss of their sea ice habitat.
August 22, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A three-century record of penguin poop shows that the flightless birds probably thrived during the Little Ice Age, a Chinese research team says. Contrary to some reports that the Adelie penguin fared better in warmer conditions, when sea ice broke up, Earth scientist Zhou-Quing Xie of the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China, says that from 1490 to 1670, the middle of the so-called Little Ice Age, Adelies thrived on Ross Island off...
March 8, 2009 | Jeannine Stein; Stephanie Chang; Pete Thomas
For obese people, joining a gym can be daunting -- what if they can't fit through the turnstile? What if the exercise machines aren't sturdy enough to hold them? What if people stare? Another option is to exercise at home, although opportunities are limited there as well. But one company is offering equipment strong enough to hold up to 500 pounds, and it may spark a trend. LivingXL is a catalog geared to larger folks (it's an offshoot of the big and tall men's catalog Casual Male)
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November 18, 2002 | Usha Lee McFarling, Times Staff Writer
When naturalists first hiked through Glacier National Park more than a century ago, 150 glaciers graced its high cliffs and jagged peaks. Today there are 35. The cold slivers that remain are disintegrating so fast that scientists estimate the park will have no glaciers in 30 years. Boulder Glacier, once massive enough to contain a human-dwarfing ice cave, was gone by 1998. Grinnell Glacier, beloved by tourists and scientists alike, has lost 90% of its volume since 1850.
December 25, 2009
Being the worldwide arbiter of Christmas rewards is a tough job, so we're giving Santa Claus a break this year. To supplement his list of who's been naughty and nice, we've compiled a helpful guide. Here are our suggestions on who deserves a pony under the tree today, and who should get a big lump of coal. Naughty : Tiger Woods. His image as a family man took a beating with his mysterious "accident" in Florida, but it was pulverized by the accusations and tabloid confessions of his alleged girlfriends.
February 3, 2008 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration is nearing a decision that would officially acknowledge the environmental damage of global warming, and name its first potential victim: the polar bear. The Interior Department may act as soon as this week on its year-old proposal to make the polar bear the first species to be listed as threatened with extinction because of melting ice due to a warming planet.
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