We’ve seen them and you probably have to...the images of ravaged polar bears, hunting for food, with the outlines of their ribs showing. In case you need a reminder of why every degree matters in the fight against climate change, here is National Geographic’s video.
Since 1979, Arctic ice has lost approximately 80% of its volume. Although the ice builds up during the winter, it has not been enough to compensate for the losses since 1979.
A decline in sea ice is a major threat to polar bears, currently listed as vulnerable on the Endangered Species List.
Yes, polar bears can swim but their main food source - seals - are losing their ice, too. As the Arctic sea ice continues to retreat every year, seals become harder to hunt and bears have to travel much further to find them.
The drifting ice can also act as a sort of conveyor belt. What was once a stable, hard surface for the polar bears to hunt and live on, looks almost like a patchwork quilt, with large patterns of open water.
Polar bears are now facing the ultimate conundrum: expel more energy and burn calories to travel further than ever before for food and solid ice or stay put and hope their ice stays intact, with a food source.
They are also appearing in places they have never been spotted before and the most recent standoff lasted more than 36 hours.
With Arctic ice declining even more every decade, we need to act now or we could see an icefree Arctic summer by 2030.
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