Currently the problem of melting Arctic ice has been on my mind quite a bit. No matter how much I try to push it to the back and focus on things like the dolphin drive in Taiji, it seems to always find its way right back to the front, bursting to be released. So, what better way to get something about the Ocean out of my head than to post it on my Ocean blog?!
A Polar Bears natural habitat— A Polar Bears natural home— is on the surface of Arctic sea ice at the Northern pole of the globe. However, this ice is/ has been melting due to a worldwide climate change. As the atmosphere begins to dwindle down as a result of ship emissions, car exhaust, airplane exhaust and other harsh gases being released into the air, the amount of radiation and heat from the sun reaching the Earth is increasing. This creates a domino effect (chain reaction). Atmosphere weakening > increased heat reaching Earth > Ice Melts > Polar Bears begin to lose homes.
Hitting a record low level in July 2011, the volume of Arctic sea ice is now 47% lower than in 1979 when the observations of the ice began (by satellite). This means 47% of what used to be the homes of polar bears is now wiped off the Earth, so to say. 47%… almost HALF of their world is gone! Due to lack of ice polar bears must now swim much farther distances to find adequate land for temporary forge. This puts the polar bears and their cubs in great danger of drowning (due to fatigue or rough seas). The cubs are at an even greater risk! Their smaller body size and limited body fat leaves them more prone to hypothermia, and they don’t have the energy reserves of an adult bear.
As a result of melting sea ice, polar bears numbers are running on a thin sheet of ice of survival. America has listed the polar bears on the Endangered Species list, and Canada has enlisted them on the Species at Risk list (basically the Canadian version of the Endangered Species List).
The good news is that it is not too late to save these bears. It is not too late to change our ways and replenish ice AND life in the Arctic. Join the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Coca-Cola Companies Campaign to save the polar bears from extinction. Learn More at WWF and The Coca-Cola Company Team-Up To Protect Polar Bears.
Also, sign the petition to urge the Global Shipping Fleet to use more Eco-friendly ships in order to reduce CO2 (carbon dioxide) released into the atmosphere. Sign at Urge Global Shipping Fleet to Use More Eco-Friendly Ships