Record low sea ice impacts polar bears

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Polar bear and cub sitting by a river in Churchill, Canada

"In mid-November, I spent every week in Churchill on Canada’s Hudson Bay Coast. It’s some of the fashionable locations for viewing polar bears, as they collect on the shore ready for the ocean ice to type, to allow them to finish their lengthy summer time quick. This was my fifth time in Churchill, and I used to be shocked on the distinction from the final 4. The temperature was 35 levels hotter than any of the occasions earlier than. A pal requested if it was simply ‘climate,’ nevertheless it was that a lot hotter for over 4 weeks and never only a couple days. I acquired by the entire week with out an Arctic coat, more often than not in only a long-sleeved t-shirt and a vest. There was no ice to be seen on the bay, and the ice charts confirmed no ice anyplace in the entire of Hudson Bay.

The entire week there I felt excited to have superb bear images in sunny, heat days, however was feeling panicked that November 2016 is perhaps the tipping level for a quick decline of the Western Hudson Bay polar bear inhabitants. Most of the vacationers that have been in my group stated, “We got here now as a result of we needed to see them earlier than they're gone.” I had all the time thought that may be 10-20 years off for Churchill however now I'm not so positive will probably be that lengthy.

Scientists say that there may be a 50% mortality for bears which are on land with out ice for greater than 210 days. At this price, we're very quick approaching that time. In discussing this with bear researcher Andrew Derocher, he stated: “I might say there's an opportunity that we're now within the remaining decline stage for the inhabitants based mostly on knowledge I've seen. Reproductive charges are tanking and the physique situation continues to be declining. Is Nov. 30, 2016 the panic button for Western Hudson Bay bears? Not but so far as I can see, but when the ice does not are available quickly, nevertheless, 2016 could also be a serious problem for the bears.”

I can affirm that. Within the week I used to be there, I noticed one notably skinny feminine and cub, and lots of different bears seemed very skinny. This was three weeks in the past and the ice has nonetheless not come.

The time for motion is now."

Do your half. Ask President Obama to prioritize protecting natural places like the Arctic.

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