English 10-1: A Windstorm in the Forest Assignment
Their Endangered Situation
A Windstorm in the Forest Assignment
February 21st, 2014
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
• Polar bear, www.wikipedia.org, February 21, 2014
• About us, www.earthhour.org, February 21, 2014
• National Sweater Day, www.sweaterday.com, February
• Polar Bears, www.ifaw.com, February 21, 2014
• Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus), www.wwf.ca, February 21,
• Polar bear Facts Sheet, www.canadiangeographic.ca,
February 21, 2014