Ian stirlings polar bears the natural history of a threatened species is considered by many to be the seminal reference book on polar bears although the product description and the copyright dates rather deceptively do not reflect this this book published in 2010 is not an entirely new text . Icon of the arctic the polar bear thrives in the remote arctic landscape of ice and snow world renowned polar bear scientist ian stirling offers his thoughts on the state of polar bears in the wild the threats they face today and insights from his recent book polar bears a natural history of a threatened species fitzhenry whiteside 2011 . In this highly readable natural history of the polar bear in a nontechnical reference format he presents the basic facts about polar bears in response to the general publics heightened awareness of the species because of climate change as polar bears rely on an ice based environment global warming is a serious threat to their existence. Yet its survival is now threatened by global warming renowned polar bear scientist ian stirling compresses 40 years of research on these iconic mammals into a new and comprehensive natural history in accessible language he explains their evolution life history behaviour how they are researched and the current threat to their very existence
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