About a third of the world’s polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a U.S. government report shows.
The U.S. Geological Survey, the Interior Department’s research arm, said updated scientific models don’t bode well for polar bear populations across the world, especially in Alaska, the only state in the nation with the white bears.
The report released this week is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery plan for the polar bear. It is expected to be published Thursday in the Federal Register.
Greenhouse gases are blamed for the climate warming that’s reducing the polar bear’s summer sea ice habitat.
He said the main reason is this part of the Arctic has suffered some of the most dramatic declines in summer sea ice.
The Center for Biological Survey originally petitioned for polar bears to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In 2008, it became the first species to be listed because of global warming.
Source: Associated Press