Things currently aren’t looking that great for polar bears. They are threatened by global warming and pollution. But could these threats lead to their extinction
Of nineteen polar bear populations at least eight of them are currently in decline and this trend is deemed to continue. Current polar bear populations are predicted to be between 20,000 and 25,000 polar bears but as global warming and Arctic pollution take their toll on the polar bears this number could reduce significantly.
One of the main reasons for this decline in population is the negative effect that global warming is having on the polar bear habitat. As the earth continues to warm less areas will be able to be habitable by the polar bears. By 2050 some scientists claim that the only areas left habitable for the polar bears will be deep within the Arctic. Massively reducing their habitable area which at the moment includes areas of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia.As the number of polar bears drops and their area of habitation shrinks the chances that the polar bear might go extinct increases.
Scientists are also predicting that by 2050 the polar bear population could drop by two-thirds. This will mean that the remaining polar bear population will go from between 20,000 and 25,000 to between 6600 and 8250. This massive reduction in the number of polar bears is also predicted to continue as the problems facing the polar bears because of global warming and pollution increase. Looking at these numbers it is not a far step to say that polar bears could be extinct by 2070 if not sooner. As time goes on and the problems facing polar bears are not stopped the reduction in their numbers and the chance of their extinction increases.
You can help by adopting a polar bear today. Many charities offer many great ways to adopt polar bears and help protect them from some of the challenges facing them today
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