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What's the future of polar bears? Studies say they may soon be extinct

• http://www.csmonitor.com, By Gretel Kauffman

Polar bears could soon be extinct due to global warming, says a recently released government report.

According to the report, which is part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's recovery plan for the polar bear, approximately a third of all polar bears could face imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as little as 10 years.

"Polar bears are in big trouble," Rebecca Noblin, Alaska director for the Center for Biological Diversity, told the Associated Press. "There are other steps we can take to slow the decline of polar bears, but in the long run, the only way to save polar bears in the Arctic is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

As Arctic waters heat up, sea ice – a primary hunting ground for polar bears – disappears, forcing the bears to retreat to land to find food. Researchers say food sources on land are limited and will not be able to sustain polar bear populations in summer months when the ice is gone.

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I call B.S. on this article. Please see this: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/healthy-polar-bear-count-confounds-doomsayers/article4099460/



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