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Polar Bear On Thin Ice

Global warming is causing serious problems not only for human being, but also to those innocent animals as they are the polar bears. Jazmine Osier, who writes articles for the forcechange.com blog, gives us an explanation about the situation of this animal in its habitat now really damaged. In addition, as people become to concern about this issue and begin to put pressure on it, some kind of threats have been made, the last one on December 2013, which Molly Edmonds describe at the WFF page, an organization focused on wildlife conservation and endangered species.

Jazmine Osier speaks about the dramatic conditions the specie is suffering today:

The sea ice that polar bears use as their habitat and hunt seals on has been melting much quicker than it used to. The loss of this ice can cause malnourishment and starvation and in some cases may even result in drowning due to longer distances of swimming. The cause of the climate change affecting sea ice is global warming which is cause by greenhouse gas emissions. When bears are no longer able to get food on ice it will pose a safety threat of possible human-bear interactions if in search of food on land.

Regarding the importance of the probably loss of this specie, various countries decided to carry out some decisions, recognizing in this way the need of subsistence of bears. Molly Edmond states the following about it:

As polar bears trudged back onto their sea ice hunting grounds for the winter, an international gathering of arctic nations was working last week to protect the future of the species. Representatives from the US, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Greenland and Russia announced at the International Polar Bear Forum that they would tackle threats to bears as Arctic ice shrinks and industrial development continues to grow. It’s a major milestone for polar bear conservation. Countries recognized their shared responsibility and the global importance of polar bears. This includes a commitment toward identifying important habitats and protected areas, especially in light of climate change and human activities.

The nations addressed the increase in human-polar bear conflict as well as other threats to polar bear populations, such as habitat destruction, unsustainable hunting, pollution and illegal wildlife trade. There was also agreement to engage indigenous communities in management decisions, recognizing their subsistence needs and the cultural role of the polar bear in their way of life.

REFERENCES:

Jazmine Osier, 03/07/2013, “Save Polar Bears From Extinction”. Retrived from http://forcechange.com/67794/save-polar-bears-from-extinction/

Molly Edmonds, December 11, 2013, “International Leaders Make a Commitments to Help Polar Bears”. Retrieved from http://worldwildlife.org/stories/international-leaders-make-commitments-to-help-polar-bears

Youtube. NRDCFlix 19/03/2007, “On Thin Ice: Polar Bears and Global Warming”. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1cyUmx5htA

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