disappearing polar bears

Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could die out over the next 50 years as warmer weather melts away the thick sheet of sea ice where bears spend much of their lives, according to studies released on Friday by the US geological Survey.

The studies were commissioned for the US Fish and Wildlife Service which is now considering whether polar bears should be protected as a threatened species. Environmentalists hope that, if the bears are listed, that will push the Government to impose limits on the greenhouse pollution blamed for climate change.

The Sunday Age, 9 Sep 2007 – image held by this website