Polar Bears At Risk!

Climate Change

What Is Climate Change

A change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels. The earths climate has changes very much. Within the last 650,000 years years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat. The end of the last ice age 7,000 years ago was the start of the modern climate era.


Results of Climate Change?

Global climate change already has had noticeable affects. Ice on lakes and rivers melts sooner, glaciers have shrunken and diapered, trees are flowering sooner, and plant and animal ranges have moved. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes more than 1,300 scientists from the United States and other countries, forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century.


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What Are Polar Bears?

Polar Bears live in the Arctic. They stay warm with thick coats of fur and bundling with each other. POlar Bears are most abundent where there is year round sea ice and seal prey for eating. Polar bears are vulnerable and endangered.


How Are Polar Bears Affected?

Climate change is killing seals and there for harming polar bear lives. Polar bears are vulnerable and endangered.Polar bears used to thrive in arctic areas, but now with climate change polar bears are dying out. Polar bears are vulnerable and endangered. Scientific estimates endicate there are aproximatly 26,00 polar bears left on the face of the earth, thats not as much as it seems.


Polar Bear Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Genus: Ursus
Species: Ursus maritimus (sea bear)

A polar bear's closest relative is the brown bear, Ursus arctos.