As summer and autumn sea ice diminishes in the Arctic Sea, polar bears spending more time on shore have been spotted eating eggs, hunting down the nesting birds that lay them, hunting other land animals and even chewing on edible plants growing onshore. But is that enough to sustain them in an ice-scarce Arctic? No, says a new study.
Today, no one knows if the clock of extinction for the species stands at two minutes before midnight or two minutes after. In spite of its exotic horns, the animal is unknown in traditional Chinese medicine. Rather, the last living remnants of the species risk being taken as by-catch, like sea turtles in a shrimper's net.
Obama has proposed a budget that would provide fewer dollars for protecting endangered species than the US spends on one Lockheed Martin F-35C fighter jet. Americans must let their representatives know that our single-greatest priority in the 21st century is the fight to save the biological diversity on which all life depends.