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Polar Bears – on Thin Ice

polar bear cubs

Photo Link:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/20406121@N04/2222146906/

Polar bears are strong swimmers, but swimming long distances in open water is draining and can be fatal. In 2008 a radio-collared bear with a yearling cub swam an astounding 427 miles to reach the ice off the northern Alaska coast. The cub didn’t make it.

A grim future for polar bears is one of the most tangible and poignant outcomes of global warming.  In 2006, federal researchers reported that two-thirds of the world’s polar bear habitat could vanish by mid-century.   Saving the Polar Bears all hinges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions – carbon dioxide and other pollution from the burning of fossil fuels.   Time is running out.

Humankind needs to make a choice.

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