Monday, April 28, 2008

The Canadian Polar Bear in trouble

FILE -- A polar bear mother and her two cubs in Wapusk National Park on the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, in this Nov. 6, 2007 file photo. A scientific group that advises the government on endangered species has decided that polar bears don't yet need more protection.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Jonathan Hayward)AP - A scientific committee that advises Canada's government on endangered species said Friday that climate change is a threat to the survival of the polar bear, but the species does not face extinction.

Seven of Canada's 13 populations are either in decline or showing signs of stress such as reduced body weight due to climate change.

The polar bear is an iconic symbol of Canada. As such, the Canadian government believe they have a responsibility to ensure its population is strong and its future is certain.

The US Geological Survey said that two-thirds of the world's polar bears could be gone by mid-century if predictions of melting sea ice hold true.

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