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Save the polar bear [Mar. 18th, 2009|12:47 pm]
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Following our Environment Editor Mike McCarthy's splash on Monday about the future of the polar bear, Der Spiegel has published a comprehensive backgrounder on the beast's slide towards extinction. Representatives of the Canadian, American, Norwegian, Danish and Russian governments are meeting in Tromso to thrash out how to save the species.  Top of the agenda: climate change and limiting the hunting of polar bears.

This map shows the polar bear's range states:

(Link to Der Spiegel's large version of this graphic here.)