Polar Bears
Their Endangered Situation

English 10-1
A Windstorm in the Forest Assignment
Connor Hyde
February 21st, 2014
About Them
The thick, white coat,along with underfur
and fat helps the polar bear to adapt
to the freezing temperatures of...
Their Situation

Currently there is an average of 20-25,000 polar bears worldwide, 60%
of those live in Canada. Today pola...
What Can Be Done
Across the world, people are taking stands against the
desruction of our Arctic. The result of the drasti...
National Sweater Day

National Sweater Day takes place
each year on February 6.
Canadians are challenged on
this day to lo...
Earth Hour

All across the globe, once
year, people turn off their
lights for an hour. On
March 29, people around
the worl...
Their Future

The future of the polar bear's is looking grim. It is predicted that in 36
years, by 2050, two-thirds of the...
Bibliography
• Polar bear, www.wikipedia.org, February 21, 2014
• About us, www.earthhour.org, February 21, 2014
• Nationa...
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English 10-1: A Windstorm in the Forest Assignment

  1. 1. Polar Bears Their Endangered Situation English 10-1 A Windstorm in the Forest Assignment Connor Hyde February 21st, 2014
  2. 2. About Them The thick, white coat,along with underfur and fat helps the polar bear to adapt to the freezing temperatures of the Arctic. Their coat also provides a method a camoflauge, which is useful when the bears are hunting, or being hunted. Polar bears can weigh anywhere from 780-1500 pounds, growing 6-10 feet long. Polar bears, also known as Ursus Maritimus (Latin for sea bear), are Polar bears also have large padded feet, considered marine mammals with small lumps and cavities used to because of the marine provide suction when walking across environment it depends on for the ice. Their huge jaw and cheek survival. Polar bears live in the teeth help to grind down the food Arctic regions of Canada, the habits of this massive carnivore. USA, Russia, Denmark, and
  3. 3. Their Situation Currently there is an average of 20-25,000 polar bears worldwide, 60% of those live in Canada. Today polar bears are endangered and face the powerful threat of extinction. Part of this problem is the rapid climate change taking place in the Arctic. The polar bear's are losing thier habitat as it warms at a contast rate. The changes are happening too fast for the bears to adapt to, and the bears are being cut off from their food supplies. The bears are being forced to live on the land, where there are no seals. Pollution is also a major part of this issue. Polar bears are often exposed to oil spills, which destroy the insulation that their thick coats provide. This puts polar bears at an intense risk for hypothermia. Various halocarbons are also very deadly for the polar bears. The chemicals are easily spread through the food chain, and high concentrations in the polar bears can cause birth defects and immune system failure.
  4. 4. What Can Be Done Across the world, people are taking stands against the desruction of our Arctic. The result of the drastic climate change is affecting more than just the polar bears. Dozens of plant and animal species are endangered, and could eventually become extinct if something isn't done. Here a couple of things you can do to help the cause:
  5. 5. National Sweater Day National Sweater Day takes place each year on February 6. Canadians are challenged on this day to lower their indoor heating by two degrees Celsius. Insead of turning up the thermostat, you are encouraged to wear a sweater or two. Not only does this conserve energy, but it causes less greenhouse gases to be released into the air. Greenhouse gases are what cause the climate change that is effecting the habitat of the polar bears.
  6. 6. Earth Hour All across the globe, once year, people turn off their lights for an hour. On March 29, people around the world will turn off their light between 8:30 and 9:30 pm to raise awareness about a variety of environment concerns. Earth Hour promotes a reduction in energy use, which also helps reduce climate change.
  7. 7. Their Future The future of the polar bear's is looking grim. It is predicted that in 36 years, by 2050, two-thirds of the polar bear's population will have disappeared. By 2080, they will probably have disappeared from Denmark and Canada completely. If the climate continues to deteriorate at the rate it has been, then it is predicted that within 100 years, the polar bears will be extinct. There is still hope though. With groups and scientists constantly working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, the effects could be reversed. Also, polar bears have adapted before, and it is possible that they will continue to do so. For now, we must all do our part, lengthening the life of the polar bears as muc as possible. With a bot of time and a lot of work, the polar bears, and the Arctic in general, can still be saved.
  8. 8. Bibliography • Polar bear, www.wikipedia.org, February 21, 2014 • About us, www.earthhour.org, February 21, 2014 • National Sweater Day, www.sweaterday.com, February 21, 2014 • Polar Bears, www.ifaw.com, February 21, 2014 • Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus), www.wwf.ca, February 21, 2014 • Polar bear Facts Sheet, www.canadiangeographic.ca, February 21, 2014

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