As if it is not enough that we are burning tons of fossil fuels and inviting record seasons of hurricanes already, I came across a vodcast (video podcast) of Greenpeace on iTunes that details how global warming could endanger the lives of polar bears!
The deal is that roughly 10% of surface area in the Arctic is being lost every decade to global warming. The news hit headlines as well as the top stories on Google news and reiterates that if nothing is done to reverse global warming, the polar bears may be extinct within 45 years! It may not have slipped your attention but I thought I might post this just to refresh your memory.
Apparently, this is the first case of a mammalian species facing a potential wipe-out due to the direct effects of global warming. Already, there is a high incidence of polar bear deaths due to drowning in the Arctic regions and ecologist rescue teams are busy trying to find ways to prevent it.
The average polar bear can swim up to 15 miles but the ice caps are found to be retreating as far as 200 miles in some regions, thereby endangering the lives of these white-furred creatures that were once also hunted for their expensive fur, at least until a landmark treaty between the five polar bear ‘bearing’ nations prohibited this.
And there is something we could do about it. The podcast urges to drive less and spread the word about global warming. For the birthdays I plan to attend this year, I am thinking about gifting mouse mats or stuff toys with a polar bear theme just to bring up the topic.
Ever since, I heard about it, I have been trying to get up early so that I could push my husband as well to take the public transport i.e. the BART to San Francisco!
So, all those bloggers living around big cities like New York and San Francisco, drive less people! Who knows, you may save a polar bear!