In a recent report by WION, the reporter shared that the world is confronted with the harsh reality that Arctic polar bears are at risk of starvation due to the profound impact of climate change. Here’s the full story.

The Shrinking Sea Ice

The video highlighted the ongoing crisis in the Arctic, where the shrinking sea ice was forcing polar bears to adapt their diets during certain summer months. The study, centered on Hudson Bay polar bears, revealed that these magnificent creatures were facing the looming threat of starvation as a direct consequence of climate change.

As the Arctic experienced more extended periods without sea ice, polar bears found it increasingly challenging to prey on their natural food sources.

Forced to Change Their Behavior

The video shared that polar bears were compelled to spend extended hours hunting for food on land, a behavior that was not natural for these predators. While polar bears were known to spend more than 50% of their time hunting, the shift to hunting on land was a consequence of the changing climate conditions.

The traditional reliance on sea ice for hunting seals, their primary food source, had been disrupted causing polar bears to explore alternative food options such as berries, eggs, and seabirds. However, these alternatives did not provide the same nutritional value, leading to a significant mismatch in calorie intake for these animals.

Alarming Results

The research findings were alarming, indicating that about 90% of the polar bears studied were losing weight. The longer polar bears were forced to spend on land due to the lack of sea ice, the higher the risk of starvation became.

The video added that with approximately 25,000 polar bears remaining in the wild, these creatures were already endangered, and the changing climate conditions only worsened their perilous situation.

The Arctic Is in Good Shape

Several YouTube users shared their thoughts on the issue.

One user brought attention to the broader narrative, questioning previous statements by public figures like Al Gore.

Another user added, “In fact, biologically, the Arctic is in good shape with all its regions showing a positive trend in primary productivity over an extended period (2003-2022). This has resulted in more food for seals, walruses, bowhead whales, and polar bears, which are hence maintaining or expanding their populations.”

So what are your thoughts? How did you think global efforts to combat climate change could be intensified to protect the habitat and survival of endangered species like polar bears?