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According to a report which was filed on Thursday by the US Fish and Wildlife Service polar bears might go extinct within ten years if people don’t do anything about the devastating effects of the global warming.
The report says that attempts to protect the polar bears from the increasingly warming ocean and the scarce food resources are methods which only function for a short period of time. In order to save these animals on the long run the rate of climate change should be reduced.
Jennifer Kohout, the one of the leaders of the polar bear recovery team at the US Fish and Wildlife Service said that in order to prevent the water of the Arctic from getting warmer all countries in the world should make efforts.
One of the main causes which contribute to the warming of the Arctic is the greenhouse gases. That is why Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that all nations should noticeably reduce the emission of gas emissions especially the emissions of methane and black carbon.
The first model presented in the report indicates that if the sea ice loss and the reduction of the food stock continue at this pace polar bears might go extinct by 2025. The second scenario is the one in which gas emissions will be reduced. But irrespective of the scenario the conclusion is the same: some polar bear populations will sooner or later be affected or even go extinct.
Climate change expert Igor Polyakov who is also a professor at the University of Alaska remarked:
“The major players now in the game cannot agree on what to do. China and the United States, they have their own industrial interests, their own political interest, and there is no consensus in the global community of what to do and how to do it.”
The US Fish and Wildlife Service also proposes a plan to save the polar bears. According to Jennifer Kohout the main goal is to abate global warming. The plan also targets a better management of the food resources, measures to keep the animals safe from oil spills and a better way to decrease the number of conflicts between humans and bears.
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