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What will happen to polar bears in the future?

What will happen to polar bears in the future?

Polar bears will be wiped out by the end of the century unless more is done to tackle climate change, a study predicts. Scientists say some populations have already reached their survival limits as the Arctic sea ice shrinks.

How has global warming affect polar bears?

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the global average, causing the ice that polar bears depend on to melt away. Loss of sea ice also threatens the bear’s main prey, seals, which need the ice to raise their young.

How long have polar bears been endangered?

But because of ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change–the primary threat to polar bears Arctic-wide–polar bears were listed as a threatened species in the US under the Endangered Species Act in May 2008.

Is sea ice actually growing?

The Arctic regularly reaches ever smaller extents of end-of-summer minimum extents of sea ice. This changing sea ice extent is cited by the IPCC as an indicator of a warming world. However, sea ice extent is growing in Antarctica [1]. In fact, it’s recently broken a record for maximum extent.

How are tigers affected by climate change?

A recent study in Science and the Total Environment concluded that sea level rise and climate change could eliminate suitable tiger habitats for the iconic Bengal tiger in the next 50 years. Besides human-caused climate change, human threats to tigers include logging, agriculture and development.

Is the Arctic really melting?

Sea ice changes have been identified as a mechanism for polar amplification. In September 2020, the US National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that the Arctic sea ice in 2020 had melted to an area of 3.74 million km2, its second-smallest area since records began in 1979.

Is Arctic sea ice disappearing?

Sea ice in the Arctic has decreased dramatically since the late 1970s, particularly in summer and autumn. Ice cover expands again each Arctic winter, but the ice is thinner than it used to be. Estimates of past sea ice extent suggest that this decline may be unprecedented in at least the past 1,450 years.