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Could Global Warming Bring More Polar Bears?

The fates of the polar bear which was shot on Tuesday have caused some unrest in Iceland, but no strategy plan exists in Iceland about what should be done if polar bear arrives to the shore.

According to Morgunbladid it is likely that Iceland will follow the lead of Newfoundland and Svalbard which have an operation plans to catch polar bears alive if the arrive to the shore.

Polar bears usually arrive by drifting ice from the artic and since it is believed that the globe is getting warmer and the artic is melting, drifting ice should become more frequent.

Thorir Haraldsson, teacher at Akureyri and a polar bear enthusiast believes this could be the case. However he points out that according to written sources, the arrival of polar bears was most frequent from the 9th to the 18th or the so celled little ice age, when climate was colder than now. There are however no sources about the arrival of polar bears in warmer periods before the 9th century.

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