Wednesday, September 12, 2007

New Study Reveals Most Polar Bears Will be Gone by 2050

The results of a recent U.S. Geological Survey study have been published and the findings are frightening. According to the study, More than two thirds of the world's polar bears will be wiped out by 2050 as a result of global warming. By that time, 42 per cent of the Arctic sea ice which the bears need to hunt and breed will have melted . The study warns that by 2100, their will only be a handful of polar bears in existence.

The study was conducted to provide the U.S. government with critical data supporting the need to add the bears to the list of endangered species. The team of American and Canadian scientists spent six months studying three groups of bears, through a combination or research and observation on the ground, by air and in the lab.

For more information on this story, please visit National Geographic

-J. McKinney