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Polar Bears Could Die Out By 2050

  WASHINGTON - Two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 and the entire population gone from Alaska because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday.
  Only in the northern Canadian Arctic islands and the west coast of Greenland are any of the world's 16,000 polar bears expected to survive through the end of the century, said the U.S. Geological Survey, which is the scientific arm of the Interior Department.
USGS projects that polar bears during the next half-century will disappear along the north coasts of Alaska and Russia and lose 42 percent of the Arctic range they need to live in during summer in the Polar Basin when they hunt and breed. A polar bear's life usually lasts about 30 years.
"Projected changes in future sea ice conditions, if realized, will result in loss of approximately two-thirds of the world's current polar bear population by the mid 21st century," the report says.
Polar bears depend on sea ice as a platform for hunting seals, which is their primary food. They rarely catch seals on land or in open water. Because the general decline of Arctic sea ice appears to be underestimated, scientists said their forecast of how much polar bear populations will shrink also may be on the low side.
"There is a definite link between changes in the sea ice and the welfare of polar bears," said USGS scientist Steven Amstrup, the lead author of the new studies. "As the sea ice goes, so goes the polar bear."
Amstrup said 84 percent of the scientific variables affecting the polar bear's fate was tied to changes in sea ice.
As of this week, the extent of Arctic sea ice had fallen to 4.75 million square miles or 250,000 square miles below the previous record low of 5.05 million square miles in September 2005, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

No hope for quick change

  Scientists do not hold out much hope that the buildup of carbon dioxide and other industrial gases blamed for heating the atmosphere like a greenhouse can be turned around in time to help the polar bears anytime soon.
  Polar bears have walked the planet for at least 40,000 years.
"In spite of any mitigation of greenhouse gases, we are going to see the same amount of energy in the system for at least 20, 30, 40 years," Mark Myers, the USGS director, said.
Greenland and Norway have the most polar bears, while a quarter of them live mainly in Alaska and travel to Canada and Russia. The agency says their range will shrink to no longer include Alaska and other southern regions.The findings of U.S. and Canadian scientists are based on six months of new studies, during which the health of three polar bear groups and their dependency on Arctic sea ice were examined using "new and traditional models," Myers said.

Information Source: Associated Press (Author Unknown) Sept. 8, 2007

Why Polar Bears Are Perfectly Suited For The Arctic Climate

  Polar bears are perfectly adapted to survive in the harsh conditions of the Arctic, where winter temps can plunge to - 50F. And now for the polar bear's secret: they're not really white. If they were, they could not stay warm in their habitat. White reflects sunlight and the heat that comes with it. Hairs in a polar bear's coat are clear. The hollow center of each hair soaks up light from the sun, and fills with air, which traps the body warmth in much the same way as a double-paned window traps warmth in houses. A polar bear's skin is black, which means it soaks up heat to keep the bear warm. On sunny days, hair traps the sun's infrared heat and keeps the bear at a cozy 98F while resting.

Information Source: Polar Bears International.

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Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Polar Bears

  Polar bear adult males weight up to 1,500 pounds and grow to as much as 9 feet in length, adult females weigh about half as much. Polar bears are the world's largest bears. In an environment that's nearly all white, somehow polar bears know to cover up their black noses to help blend in when hunting for their food, while holding one paw over their nose, polar bears creep forward on three legs. Did you know? On a clear day a polar bear's black nose can be spotted from over 5 miles away with a pair of binoculars.
  Also did you know? The only animal the polar bear fears is the walrus.

  Polar bears can run up to 35 miles per hour. Although most are born on land, a polar bear spends the majority of its time at sea, hence its name Ursus maritimus which translates to "maritime or sea bear." Polar bears do not hibernate in the true sense of the word. Instead of deep hibernation, polar bears undergo "walking hibernation" and only pregnant female bears enter a den, called a snow den or maternity den. Polar bear babies weigh about a pound at birth, with usually 2 cubs in a litter. Polar bear cubs stay with their mother until they are 2 1/2 years old, at which time they must learn how to hunt and survive in one of the Earth's harshest environments. Cubs learn to freeze and remain still while their mother hunts. If they move, the mother disciplines them with a whack to the head.
  Despite the harm from hunters, poachers, and pollution, the greatest threat to polar bears is climate change.




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