A few days ago, my colleague Heather sent you an online-photo gallery in honor of International Polar Bear Day, Wednesday, February 27th. One of the photos really broke my heart. It was this one here: a mother swimming with her cubs. It broke my heart because so many polar bear cubs die in long distance swims like this one — as many as 45% in one observational study.
This photo was a vivid example to me of the real impact of climate change.
Please make an emergency donation of $15 or more today to support our work to save these threatened Polar Bears.
At an alarming rate, global warming is melting the Arctic sea ice that polar bears depend on to hunt for food … threatening this noble Arctic creature with extinction.
Here are the sobering facts:
According to experts, two-thirds of the world’s polar bear populations could be lost by mid-century as sea ice continues to retreat.
Less Arctic sea ice forced 40% more Alaskan polar bear moms to den on land — away from food sources.
As sea ice disappears, bear mortality rises. In the Beaufort Sea region about 1/3 fewer polar bear cubs are surviving their first year of life.
The last ten years (2004 to 2013) have seen the ten lowest January sea ice extents (total area covered by sea ice) on the record.
Gabriel, we we urgently need your help to continue the fight to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change and save irreplaceable wildlife and their habitats.
Donate as little as $15 today to support our work will help make sure that our beloved wildlife can continue to be found in the wild, and NOT just in nature photographs.
Thank you for your support.
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Environmental Defense Fund