A study found that polar bear dens often go undetected during oil industry checks. According to Reuters, a study found that the oil industry’s method for finding polar bear dens while drilling in Alaska fails half the time.
The study evaluated thermal detection records from the oil industry and compared them to biologists’ records of polar bear dens.
Because mothers stay in dens with cubs until they are three months old, failing to identify a polar bear den could harm both the mother and the cub.
The animals could be buried alive, driven out by noise or crushed during oil exploration.
Animal and environmental activists have been protesting additional drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, even more so since the Trump administration opened up the area for drilling in 2017.
These changes also harm the infrared technology, according to study author Tom Smith, “More frequent wind events, more moisture in the air, these things are not going to be helping the situation at all.”
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This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 11 March 2020. Lead Image Source : Vaclav Sebek/ Shutterstock.com
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