Five countries list the polar bear as threatened
Five countries, the United States, Norway, Canada, Russia and Denmark, have all come together to list the polar bear as threatened by climte change. They say this is the longest term threat to the bears.
Scientists from all these countries had a three day meeting and came to this conclusion. They want the global community to help protect these bears. Canada has a special responsibility with over two-thirds of the population of polar bears residing there.
Ther are those from countries ringing the Arctic who do not agree the bears need to be singled out for protection in the face of climate change. Fernando Ugarte is the head of mammal and bird science at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and he stated the government was concerned that the rising pressure to protect bears, particularly in the face of global warming, might prompt other countries to press Greenland to clamp down on hunting.
“I am not sure there is a scientific reason to appoint polar bears as the main icon of climate change,” he said by telephone in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital.
The biggest threat is sea ice loss in the Canadian arctic.