Higher temperatures are causing sea ice to decline in Arctic areas, the native habitat of polar bears. Naturally, polar bears hunt seals for food, but with the decline of Arctic ice, polar bears are forced to spend more time on land. This has led to their migration and arrival on the Russian archipelago, Novaya Zemlya.
Belushya Guba, the region’s largest town, has a population of 2,500 people and over 50 polar bears have been spotted. They have begun entering buildings and people are afraid to leave their homes or send their children to school.
Liz Greengrass, director of Born Free Foundation, a UK animal conservation charity told CNN last year: “Polar bears are reliant on seals for food and seals rely on sea ice. Global warming is melting the ice so it has a chain reaction on how polar bears can survive.”
Experts are being sent to Russia to sedate and remove the bears, as thankfully, killing them is illegal.
This is just further proof that climate change is reaching the point of no return. To learn about changes you can make to do your part, check out Scientists Say Climate Change Has Reached the ‘Point of No Return’ – 5 Things You Can Do Today. If you want to know how to have progressive conversations about climate change, see 5 Statements You’ll Hear if You Say You Believe Global Warming Exists…and 5 Responses. And to learn more about climate change overall, read BUSTED! The 6 Worst Myths About Global Climate Change.
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