[MARMAM] New book about polar bear conservation

Morten Jørgensen ursmar2015 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 02:22:24 PDT 2022


Dear All.



I hereby announce the publication of the book:



*POLAR BEARS, Beloved & Betrayed*, published June 2022, and available at:



https://www.polarbearsbelovedandbetrayed.com/



The relationship between humans and polar bears is complex. The human
approach includes fascination, admiration, respect, concern, and
benevolence - but also misunderstanding, fear, greed, over-exploitation,
and mismanagement. On the background of sustainable co-existence which had
lasted millennia, during the last few centuries humans have become a major
factor negatively affecting the polar bear through environmental
degradation and over-hunting.



While almost all informed parties acknowledge climate change / global
warming as a threat to polar bear survival into the future, and quite
consistently refer to that as ‘the major threat’ – the vast majority of
stakeholders also overlook the threat of over-exploitation. Human interests
of a varied assortment, from commercial over political to individual, lead
to a skewed perception of the state of the polar bear and what can be done
to prevent its extirpation.



The special status occupied by polar bears in human imagination and
affection stands in stark contrast with the current management regime,
which threatens the very existence of the animal. Recognizing *all* the
human caused threats to polar bear survival is crucial, and is also key to
making the necessary policy changes in time. Informing the public is the
first step in such a recognition, and this book of 208 pages (including
nearly 100 photographs) is one contribution to that effect.





*Table of contents:*

INTRODUCTION: SETTING THE SCENE

CHAPTER 1: BASIC POLAR BEAR BIOLOGY

CHAPTER 2: THREATS TO POLAR BEARS

CHAPTER 3: HUNTING AND COMMERCIALISATION

CHAPTER 4: THE POLAR BEAR POPULATION

CHAPTER 5: FAILED MANAGEMENT

CHAPTER 6: THE ABSENCE OF CONSERVATION

CHAPTER 7: INUIT IDENTITY

CHAPTER 8: PERSPECTIVES AND SOLUTIONS

EPILOGUE


Thank you.

Morten Joergensen
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