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“Our lives be­gin to end the day we be­come silent about things that mat­ter” Martin Luther King, Jr.

PO­LAR BEARS HAVE be­come the poster child for the har­row­ing im­pacts of cli­mate change. Po­lar bears’ pri­mary habi­tat is sea ice; they need it to hunt, breed, travel, and make their dens.

Ac­cord­ing to IUCN’s Red List of En­dan­gered Species, po­lar bears are vul­ner­a­ble. It is es­ti­mated that there are only around 26,000, though ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion on their pop­u­la­tions is hard to gather – they live in some of the most re­mote, in­ac­ces­si­ble, and frag­ile ar­eas of our planet.

Po­lar bears feed on seals that live at the edges of the sea ice, and should get at least two-thirds of the en­ergy they need for the whole year, in late spring and early sum­mer.

Less sea ice means less of an op­por­tu­nity to find prey. With the ice form­ing later and re­treat­ing ear­lier, this win­dow is get­ting ever smaller, leav­ing the bears with less time to hunt.

As sea ice in the Arc­tic re­treats year af­ter year, the fu­ture for po­lar bears looks bleak.

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