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Current Events PopWrapped | Current Events

Polar Bears Are Harshly Affected By Climate Change

Raechel Odom | PopWrapped Author

Raechel Odom

09/15/2015 7:06 am
PopWrapped | Current Events
Polar Bears Are Harshly Affected By Climate Change | Polar Bears
Media Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

That's what we're used to seeing. Big, healthy polar bears. Well, take note:

For anyone trying to claim that the impending climate change isn't real, Kersten Langenberger has taken a photo that proves otherwise. This photo shows just how starved and skinny female polar bears are becoming.

Polar Bears

Courtesy of onegreenplanet.org/PHOTO: Kersten Langenberger

Langenberger is claiming that although scientists there are claiming polar bears are not facing harsh conditions, she has seen numerous other female bears facing the effects of global warming like starvation.

"I see the glaciers calving, retreating dozens to hundreds of meters every year. I see the pack ice disappearing in record speed. Yes, I have seen bears in good shape – but I have also seen dead and starving polar bears. Bears walking on the shores, looking for food, bears trying to hunt reindeer, eating birds' eggs, moss and seaweed. And I realized that the fat bears are nearly exclusively males which stay on the pack ice all year long. The females, on the other hand, which den on land to give birth to their young, are often slim. With the pack ice retreating further and further north every year, they tend to be stuck on land where there's not much food."

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has dubbed the Polar Bear as threatened for endangerment, stating "Global climate change posses a substantial threat to the habitat of polar bears. Recent modeling of the trends for sea ice extent, thickness and timing of coverage predicts dramatic reductions in sea ice coverage over the next 50-100 years."

That's some serious stuff, people. 

   

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