Global Warming Alert: Alaskan Polar Bears Threatened…By Too Much Spring Ice
Five meters of ice– about 16 feet thick -
is threatening the survival of polar bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea
region along Alaska’s Arctic coast, according to Dr. Susan J.
Crockford, an evolutionary biologist in British Columbia who has studied
polar bears for most of her 35-year career.
That’s because the thick ice ridges could prevent ringed seals,
the bears’ major prey, from creating breathing holes they need to
survive in the frigid waters, Crockford told CNS News.com.