New Study Predicts Sad Fate for Polar Bears

 

It’s long been known by scientists and conservationists that global warming is leading to the melting of the polar ice caps…which in turn is leading to a decline in the world polar bear population.  Polar bears depend on the presence of sea ice for their very existence.  They go hungry if they cannot hunt animals like seals from floating ice packs, because seals can out-swim them in the water.

 

 

Just how badly will the loss of polar sea ice affect polar bears?  The first systematic assessment of this issue was released recently.  Scientists found that the global polar bear population will decline by 30% over the next 35 years—approximately 3 generations.

 

 

Scientists reached this conclusion by studying 35 years of satellite data on Arctic sea ice, as well as the history of 19 distinct polar bear groups.  If current global warming trends continue, the Arctic could be completely ice-free in summers beginning in the 2030s…spelling disaster for the polar bears.

 

 

Besides the warming of the Arctic, polar bears face other threats to their survival.  Studies have shown that high levels of toxic chemicals in the oceans have entered the organs and tissues of the bears, and some chemicals also seem to be making male polar bears sterile.  Certain chemicals act as “endocrine disruptors” in animals, leading to a decline in overall population.

You can read the full story HERE.

 

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  • Margaret Ernsberger
    Margaret Ernsberger

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