Exploring the health and status of the world’s largest and most endangered bear
The State of the Polar Bear will be the authoritative source for the health and status of the world’s polar bears. This multipart data visualization is being developed through an international partnership with the Polar Bear Specialist Group, a scientific collaboration of the five polar bear nations: Canada, Denmark, Norway, the USA, and Russia.
The most comprehensive online visualization of polar bear information to date, the tool will provide a detailed look at each of the 19 polar bear subpopulations, and explore the factors that have influenced their IUCN health status ratings.
The tool will include visualizations of abundance figures, harvest rates, circumpolar pollution levels, the effects of human development, the shrinking Arctic sea ice, and other factors. Visitors will also be able to watch over two dozen videos of the world’s top scientists explaining the key issues that threaten the survival of this iconic species.