Polar Bears

Now you thought that you had a pretty stressful life. Well you should try being a polar bear then. These days, it’s no picnic!

The beautiful polar bear is now showing signs of stress. It’s (nearly) official!

It is now widely thought that if the ice in the Arctic continues to melt at its current rate, polar bears could become extinct by the end of this century.

Some people disagree, but the studies that have already been made are hard to ignore.

There are drastic changes underway in the Arctic – changes that will alter or destroy that landscape if it continues.

The climate change is their main threat to surviving as a species.

As the ice is now melting earlier than in previous years and forming later. It leaves the polar bears with less time to hunt. The ice is their platform to hunt seals and so no seals means going hungry.

Polar bears are the Earth’s largest land predators.

Adult males can weigh in excess of 1,500 pounds – that’s a lot of bear!

Females are considerably smaller though and weigh up to 550 pounds.

If the polar bear looses too much weight then it will affect their ability to reproduce.

The thought of this beautiful creature not being around anymore is heartbreaking.

Something needs to be done to help protect the ones that are left. I’m not sure what the answer is, but we can’t sit back until it’s too late and then think we should have done something!

An organization that’s educating and trying to get things done is Polar Bears International – check out their website too: http://www.polarbearsinternational.org

Alternatively, adopt a polar bear at: http://www.worldwildlife.org

Jeff Smith is the managing director of Karma Technologies and feels strongly about implementing ways to be green [http://www.karmatechnologies.co.uk/green] into their business practices, to a point they are almost a paper-free company.


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