Last Ice Area may provide refuge for polar bears
Polar bear, Beaufort Sea, Alaska
In Canada’s Arctic Archipelago – home to 25% of the global polar bear population – major decreases in polar bear numbers are predicted due to climate change and loss of sea ice. Research published in the journal PLOS One, assisted by WWF, shows climate change impacts may lead to starvation and breeding failure among polar bears in the region which includes Ellesmere and Baffin islands. A fringe of ice around northern Canada and Greenland - called the Last Ice Area – may provide a refuge for ice-adapted life. WWF is working with local communities and organisations in areas where sea ice is expected to persist to find ways of gaining protection for ice-dependent species, such as polar bears and seals, and to secure a viable future for human communities in the region.
Original article posted on: 26.11.14 Updated on: 26.03.15