We are often reminded of the climate change that is taking place across the globe by experts but we hardly worry about the change going on at an alarming rate until we witness something heart-wrenching.
German photographer, Kerstin Langenberger, recently traveled to Svalbard where she found bears in a terrible health. She shared this photo on her Facebook page :
Commenting about the bears she saw there, she posted on Facebook , "I have seen dead bears and bears like this one: a mere „1“ on the scale, doomed to death. I do not have scientific data to proof my observations, but I have eyes to see — and a brain to draw conclusions."
As per a report by NASA , the increment in the global temperature is three degrees in a span of hundred years. Also, there has been a substantial rise of more than an inch in sea levels. The changing climatic conditions has undoubtedly wreaked havoc on the living beings of the planet but polar bears are among the worst sufferers.
Conservationists are noticing that there are no bears found roaming around their natural habitat. What they can only find is dead bears, such as this:
The constantly increasing ocean temperatures is melting the ice sheets at the rate of 8.6 million acres per year, majorly affecting polar bears' natural habit.
Global warming is melting the ice and thus the prime source of food that is seal is changing its migration patterns. That is ultimately forcing the polar bears to travel a long distance in search of food and many times on a journey that does not take them to the right spot instead forcing them to die due to starvation.
Paul Nicklen, of National Geographic, traveled to the area of Svalbard last summer to document polar bears hunting on sea ice. In an Instagram post, he stated that he was surprised to find the bodies of two polar bears who had apparently starved to death.
Last summer I traveled with a group of friends to Svalbard, Norway in search of polar bears. We went to my favorite spot where I have always been able to find bears roaming around on sea ice throughout the summer. On this occasion, however, we didn't find any sea ice and we never found any bears alive. We did find two dead bears in this location and other groups found more dead bears. These bears were so skinny, they appeared to have died of starvation, as in the absence of sea ice, they were not able to hunt seals. In all of my years of growing up in the Arctic and later, working as a biologist, I had never found a dead polar bear. It is now becoming much more common. Through @sea_legacy and @natgeo we will continue to shine a light on our changing planet to convince the unconvinced. Please follow me on @paulnicklen to learn more about the effects of climate change. #polarbear #nature #wildlife #arctic #seaice @thephotosociety
For these bears, understanding the problem is very difficult, but as a parent, as an individual living being they are trying their best to search for food so that they can feed their cubs and themselves.
Destroying their habitat is causing great harm to these creatures who are solely dependent on the conditions that has kept them alive since ages.
Mother polar bear holding her cub on a small floating iceberg surrounded by water | Source: Facebook/ Irameyer.com