Sunday, December 20, 2009

I don't find anything funny about this at all

FACT: There are between 20,000 and 25,000 polar bears left in the world today.

FACT: Due to climate change, Canada's Arctic is melting faster than any place on Earth pushing the polar bear to the brink of survival.  "Increasing global warming pollution has caused Arctic temperatures to rise by 5°Celsius over the past 100 years, and the extent of sea ice has decreased by six percent over the past 20 years. Scientists now predict a 60 percent loss of summer sea ice by around 2050, which would more than double the summer ice-free season from 60 to 150 days. Sea ice is critical to polar bears' survival as it is the platform from which they hunt their primary prey, ringed seals and bearded seals. Longer ice-free periods limit the time the bears have on the ice to hunt, and in some areas means that they have fewer fat resources to survive on land during the longer summer season. In addition, lower body weight reduces female bears' ability to lactate, leading to greater mortality among cubs."  Visit WWF Canada for more detailed information.

The above melting polar bear ice sculpture was created by artist Mark Coreth, sponsored by WWF, and presented in Copenhagen in order to create awareness of the human impact on climate. The melting  ice sculpture is symbolic of the melting ice which the polar bear requires in order to survive, and once the ice sculpture has fully melted a metal skeleton will remain in its place as a permanent reminder. Find out how you can lessen your impact on your only plant here.

Pictured below: If you're too ignorant to wrap your head around this, think of it this way...Once the polar bears are extinct, where will the world's supply of delicious Coca-Cola come from?  

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