The WWF warns: polar bears risk disappearing by 2050



by LORENZO CIOTTI

The WWF warns: polar bears risk disappearing by 2050

The polar bear is at risk of extinction, and its survival is linked to the cryosphere. Climate change and the consequent global warming are destroying the natural habitat of this splendid animal, which risks disappearing together with the Arctic ice by 2050, This is the warning launched by the WWF.

The polar bear could only survive this catastrophe by adapting, a situation that does not seem plausible to researchers. Its habitat will disappear and the animal will not be able to sustain itself and therefore reproduce, and therefore still exist.

Isabella Pratesi, director of the Conservation Program of WWF Italy, who in an interview with the Italian press agency AGI, told: "Even today, even if we suddenly stopped greenhouse gas emissions, in any case the cryosphere, the natural habitat of the bear polar bears but not only of this species, is destined to disappear.It is estimated that in this way, by 2050, the summer sea ice will have disappeared, and bears will either adapt to the new situation, but we do not yet know how they will do it, or they will disappear.

Stop global warming by all means, and at the same time reduce the difficulties of coexistence between bears and humans. In our scientific expeditions to the Arctic we have discovered that the inhabitants of those regions manage food waste in an inadequate manner, and the bears have a formidable sense of smell, even at a distance of many kilometers, and therefore approach inhabited centers.

If waste were managed better, bears would go in search of different sources of food erse, not related to the presence of man and therefore there would not be this animal-man conflict. After the bears it will be, it would be, the seals, another species that lives in the Arctic, among the sea ice, and which then represents one of the main preys for bears to feed on.

It will happen that the bear will continue to stalk and prey on them anyway, the change that man brings about is fast, and his adaptation is also fast, while animals take longer to adapt and this creates a strong imbalance in the continuation of the species. The most central glaciers may remain but the current situation is already severe."