Arctic Ice Melt Threatens Polar Bears

"If the prediction of total Arctic ice melt by 2030 is correct, then it is truly frightening because I think it would result in huge ecological changes to the polar oceans, the loss of species, changes of balance. The effects on climate change around the Northern Hemisphere particularly could be quite dramatic."

- Ian Sterling, Ph.D., Zoologist and Research Scientist

 Polar bear near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada on the western edge of Hudson Bay. Photograph © 2000 by Travel Manitoba.
Polar bear near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada on the western edge of Hudson Bay. Photograph © 2000 by Travel Manitoba.

September 10, 2000  Churchill, Manitoba, Canada - The Arctic and northern latitudes have been singled out by the World Widelife Fund as the most vulnerable to the rapid rate of global warming. Their sobering statistic is that 20 percent of all species in northern environments could die out as melting ice and tundra completely change the habitats.

 

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