First global plan for polar bears agreed
Polar bear on hind legs.
All five polar bear range states have committed to a plan to protect and manage the bears and their habitat. Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Russia and the US adopted the unprecedented 10-year plan in September. It will tackle direct threats such as shipping, oil and gas, and conflict with communities. It does not however, address the major threat to polar bears, the loss of sea ice habitat. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe and research suggests that two-thirds of polar bears could be lost by 2050 as the sea ice shrinks. WWF has supported measures to reduce conflict, and is proposing conservation measures for the “Last Ice Area” as well as calling for a strong climate deal in Paris.