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Pollution Is Causing Rising Mercury Levels In Arctic Animals

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Oh No!

Global mercury emissions could grow by 25 percent by 2020 if no action is taken to control them, posing a threat to polar bears, whales and seals and the Arctic communities who hunt those animals for food, an authoritative international study says.

The assessment by a scientific body set up by the eight Arctic rim countries also warns that climate change may worsen the problem, by releasing mercury stored for thousands of years in permafrost or promoting chemical processes that transform the substance into a more toxic form.

"It is of particular concern that mercury levels are continuing to rise in some Arctic species in large areas of the Arctic,"

despite emissions reductions in nearby regions like Europe, North America and Russia, said the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, or AMAP.

Emissions have increased in other parts of the world, primarily in China, which is now the world's No. 1 mercury polluter, accounting for nearly half of total emissions, AMAP said.

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Prince Harry Trapped In The Arctic!

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Prince William, we hope you have a back up Best Man. At the moment, your brother seems to be the one with cold feet!

This week, Prince Harry courageous journeyed to the frosty North Pole as part of an expedition for the Walking With the Wounded charity. He was supposed to he heading back to the U.K. today but due to current weather condition, his highness is stranded!

Reps for Harry are trying to reassure everyone that he is safe and in no danger, but leaving the Arctic right now is just not a possibility. The rep reveals:

"Prince Harry was due to leave the Arctic today, but owing to damage to the runway at Ice Camp Barneo his departure has been delayed. He will now spend an extra day trekking with the team and return to Barneo tonight to await the first available flight."

With any luck, Harry should be out of the frozen tundra in the next 48 hours, but the rep did note that "given the unpredictable nature of conditions in the Arctic the situation may change."

So much for a silver lining, huh?

We're really hoping the best for Harry. It's got to be really "Brrr" up there and we're sure he'd much rather be back at home, warm and snug, having his tuxedo tailored for his brother's big day.

Hopefully, you'll be back home soon - and without frost bite!

[Image via AP Images.]

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Polar Bear Spy Cam Cachets Cuteness

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What happens when you place spy cams all over the arctic in order to track polar bears?

Filmmaker John Downer wanted to track a mother and two cubs as they endure struggles of survival in the arctic, and to do so, he employed some clever camerawork.

The only problem is when the cameras aren't so incognito. Last year, a male bear destroyed $200,000 worth of equipment. If you want to know how strong these animals are, make them mad by pointing a camera at them.

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Vicious Predator Vs Photographer

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The Leopard Seal is one of Antarctica's most vicious predators.

When this National Geographic photographer came face to face with one twice the size of a grizzly bear instead of being killed he confused the hell out it!

If only the penguins could be so lucky.

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Prince William And Kate Plan First Official Trip!

prince william and kate plan a trip to canada

As their first "official trip" after they get married, Prince William and Kate Middleton will travel to Canada this summer, after receiving an invitation from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

According to an official from Canada, they'll travel across the country from late June until mid-July.

Highlights of their trip will include celebrating Canada Day on July 1 in Ottawa, and a trip to the Arctic.

Canada is excited to have them visit, because they'll actually be issuing STAMPS in honor of the royal soon-to-be newlyweds!

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Castration Is Key For Arctic Reindeer

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Reindeer Castration

Reindeer in Norway are getting castrated.

But don't worry. It's a good thing!

The Arctic region is warming at double the global rate and researchers studying the indigenous Sami peoples in the Arctic say castrated male reindeer can cope with climate change more effectively, as compared to reindeer who still have a pair.


Due to the Arctics varying temperatures, snow can melt and often refreeze to form thick ice over grazing pastures, but sterilized reindeer grow larger and can break through the ice easier.

Svein Mathiesen, coordinator of the University of the Arctic's Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry said:

"To make herds more resilient in the future, we need to re-learn the traditional knowledge of castration."

What's the traditional knowledge of castration?

Sami reindeer herders typically BITE into the animal's testicles with their teeth!

Yuck! We'll pass.

This bitting technique is called "half-castration", which causes the animal to become sterile, but still produce some of the male hormone testosterone that promotes muscle growth.

Norway laws limit castration techniques to surgery with anesthetics, and no biting, so they are experimenting with a vaccine to recreate the effects of half-castration.

Castration aside, the survival of this species is important for these Arctic peeps because they rely on these creatures as their chief export as well as use them for practical uses like pulling large sleds.

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Federal Government Sued By Wildlife Organization

Environmental agency sues government over polar bear protection

The Center for Biological Diversity sent the required notice to the Interior Department that it intends to sue the federal government for what conservationists consider a failure to protect critical habitat for polar bears from harmful oil and gas development.

This news comes after the Obama Administration designated more than 187,000 square miles in Alaska as polar bear critical habitat, but has also reaffirmed a Bush-era plan that authorized oil leasing in the newly designated polar bear critical habitat and are considering a proposal to allow Shell Oil to drill next summer in polar bear critical habitat in the Beaufort Sea.

Boo! We thought you were cool, Obama!

We have to admit though, it seems the Obama administration was damned if they did and damned if they didn't.

After designating the 187,000 square mile area of Alaska as critical habitat, the state of Alaska decided to sue!

Republican Gov. Sean Parnell insists the habitat designation will delay jobs and increase costs of resource development projects important to the state.

The wildlife group's Alaska representative, attorney Rebecca Noblin, seems to believe the biggest threat to the polar bears survival is the possibility of a massive oil spill, saying:

"Given that it is impossible to clean up an oil spill in the icy waters of the Arctic, if Secretary Salazar ultimately approves drilling in polar bear critical habitat he will have demonstrated that all his promises of reform following the Gulf disaster ultimately amount to nothing."

She's got a point. We'd like to think our government LEARNS from its mistakes.

We're anxious to see how this legal drama plays out, especially considering the future of the polar bears may ride on the results.

The Center for Biological Diversity has already successfully sued the federal government and achieved the 187,000 square mile critical habitat for the animals as a result.


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