quinta-feira, 10 de outubro de 2013

WWF - Polar bear summit to address climate threat

News from WWF Global:

Posted on 09 October 2013

Give a Polar Bear a Tattoo
© WWF-Canon / Michel TERRETTAZ
The polar bear conservation treaty agreed 40 years ago by the five countries with polar bear populations successfully dealt with the main threats to this magnificent species – sport hunting and commercial harvesting – such that total populations have increased to 20-25,000 individuals.

But the impact of climate change and resulting loss of summer sea ice, which is vital for polar bears, their prey and other ice-dependent species, now poses a major and growing threat to the survival of many iconic Arctic species.

In Moscow in December, the five range states – Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and US – will come together again to celebrate the successes to date and identify how to secure the polar bear for the next 40 years in the face of climate change.