(ORDO NEWS) — Global warming may lead to the extinction of the polar bear population in the Arctic due to lack of food.
The polar bear is the largest land predator on Earth. He spends most of his life at sea among drifting ice.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the area of the Arctic ice cover has decreased in recent years by more than 30%, which could lead to a reduction in the population of polar bears by 2/3 in the near future.
“Global warming lack of access to food is causing polar bears to starve to death, losing two kilograms a day,” Geoff York, a spokesman for Polar Bears International.
As the channel explains, as a result of global warming, there is a “rapid melting of the Arctic glaciers”, the natural habitat of these predators.
It is there that they hunt seals, their main source of food. With the reduction in the number and area of glaciers, bears have to migrate to the continent, where they cannot provide themselves with the necessary amount of food, which negatively affects the reproduction of the population.
“The situation of the polar bear, which is on the verge of extinction, should alert everyone,” Flavio Leneryu, a climatologist at Cornell University, quoted the channel as saying.
The development of the situation with biodiversity in the Arctic can “objectively assess the health of the planet,” he added.
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