2017-01-09. Polar Bear Conservation Plan Calls Climate Change "the Primary Threat" to Their Survival.

posted Jan 10, 2017, 4:39 PM by Alan Gould

By John R. Platt, Scientific American. For GSS Climate Change chapter 8 and Losing Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: Climate change is “the primary threat” to the survival of polar bears, according to a conservation management plan released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The plan—which also addresses issues such as human-bear conflict, subsistence hunting by Alaskan Native people, and minimizing the risk of oil spills—says global action on climate change is necessary to save this sea-ice dependent species, which has over the past several years become the conservation icon related to climate change. ...The 106-page plan addresses multiple issues facing polar bears, presenting a complex portrait of their threats and what it will take to save them....  https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/polar-bear-plan-climate-change/