Polar bears must hunt from sea ice for their food, primarily seals. As the ice disappears, bears are unable to hunt for the seals on which they depend. In a recent trip to the Hudson Bay, National Wildlife Federation staff investigated reports of skinnier-than-normal polar bears. Sadly, there is already filmed footage of cubs dying of starvation.
The U.S. Geological Survey projects that two-thirds of polar bears will disappear by 2050. This dramatic decline in the polar bear population is occurring in our lifetime, which is but a miniscule fraction of the time polar bears have roamed the vast Arctic seas.
The Secretary of the Interior listed the polar bear as threatened throughout the United States but is currently allowing oil and gas development in the polar bear’s habitat in Alaska.
The Supreme Court rules that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.