the polar bear climate change photo

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Gordon Pritchard Regular Member • Posts: 209
the polar bear climate change photo

There's an interesting story about an iconic photograph that was distributed worldwide last month by Canada's Environment Ministry, and for which the Canadian government is about to be sued by an Alaskan photographer. The photo has been published in hundreds of newspapers. The article is here:

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=5961259b-de08-4532-850b-09d4753bed39&k=88988

Although they distributed it, Environment Canada says it's not their picture, and being a government agency they did not charge news agencies for use of the photo. Interesting also is that there is some confusion as to who actually took the photo since it was downloaded to a shipboard shared computer used by other folks who were also taking pics.

The photo, taken in summer, shows two polar bears on a melting ice floe in the Beaufort Sea, north of Barrow, Alaska. "It's just too cute to be true," Mr. Simard (a spokesman for Environment Canada) said. "You have to keep in mind that the bears are not in danger at all. It was, if you will, their playground for 15 minutes, you know what I mean? This is a perfect picture for climate change, in a way, because you have the impression they are in the middle of the ocean and they are going to die, with a Coke in their hands. But they were not that far from the coast, and it was possible for them to swim... They are still alive and having fun."

best, gordo

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