Polar bears may die out by 2050 due to global warming
This species of mammal needs the ice where they hunt their main prey: seals.
polar bear population in western Hudson Bay in Canada has decreased by 27% in just five years, According to a report by Canadian authorities. A government report estimates that 618 animals lived in the area last year, up from 842 in 2016. It added that female bears and cubs are particularly affected and climate change could be a factor in the population decline.
The Arctic is now warming faster than the rest of the world, and the sea ice it relies on for sealing tends to form later and melt earlier each year. By 2050, conservation scientists now say, the length of the ice-free season could push bears to the point of starvation.
A Canadian government report is clear on this intriguing issue of what threatens an iconic species: “The observed decline is consistent with long-standing predictions about it. Demographic effects of climate change on polar bears,