Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Starving polar bear image went 'too far'

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(Washington Times) National Geographic contributing photographer and speaker Cristina Mittermeier acknowledged Thursday that her now-viral photographs of a starving polar bear went “too far” in linking the bear’s condition to the effects of climate change.

In an article for National Geographic, Ms. Mittermeier wrote that she and photographer Paul Nicklen, who recorded video of the bear, were “on a mission to capture images that communicate the urgency of climate change”

“Documenting its effects on wildlife hasn’t been easy,” she wrote. “With this image, we thought we had found a way to help people imagine what the future of climate change might look like. We were, perhaps, naive. The picture went viral — and people took it literally.