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Polar Bears Could Die Out By 2050
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
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
"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
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,"
Associated Press (Author Unknown) Sept. 8,
Polar Bears Are Perfectly Suited For The Arctic
Polar bears are perfectly adapted to
survive in the harsh conditions of the Arctic,
where winter temps can plunge to - 50ºF. 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 98ºF while resting.
Source: Polar Bears International.
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Here Are Some
Interesting Facts About Polar Bears
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
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
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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