WWF disappointed by US delay in listing polar bears
“The delay in this important decision is frustrating,” said Dr Sybille Klenzendorf, director of WWF’s species program. “A compelling body of cutting-edge science and our projects on the ground tells us that polar bears already face a tentative future — we see no reason to postpone this decision.”
Experts believe that two-thirds of polar bear populations could be lost by 2050. The scientific evidence is clear that polar bears are threatened by climate change-induced loss of sea ice.
“The U.S. — one of the leading producers of carbon emissions — should be showing leadership in protecting species that are impacted by climate change,” said Margaret Williams, managing director of WWF’s office in Alaska. “WWF hopes the final USFWS decision favors a listing of polar bears as threatened, which will in turn allow for a suite of activities to be implemented. We need that to happen as soon as possible."
WWF has been actively engaged in polar bear conservation throughout the Arctic, in all of the countries inhabited by polar bears.
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