• If greenhouse gas emission rates do not slow down, polar bears may not be around much longer. Polar bears are dependent on the ice for feeding, mating and producing offspring. As per data collected by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the last eight years have had eight lowest amounts of sea ice on record.
  • As ice sheets continue to melt, polar bears are forced to retreat inland to find something to eat. While that may be a temporary solution during winter time, in summer months the move is no longer viable.
  • Study authors said that reducing the rate of climate change may save polar bears on the long run. Other methods of trying to shield them from an ever warming ocean and dwindling food stocks have only short-term effects, researchers explained.

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