Polar Bears Can’t Rely On Land-Based Foods When The Ice Melts, Study Finds

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via Polar Bears Can’t Rely On Land-Based Foods When The Ice Melts, Study Finds.

Polar bears need sea ice in order to hunt for seals and other food in the ocean. But climate change is taking that away from them.

The bears are spending more and more time on land, but there is not enough food there to truly sustain them, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington State University and conservation group Polar Bears International conducted a first-of-its-kind review of terrestrial Arctic ecosystems’ ability to support polar bear populations with enough of the energy-dense food they need.

The results are grim.

“There simply isn’t enough food to feed polar bears on land,” study co-author and Polar Bears International chief scientist Steven Amstrup told The Huffington Post.

Several earlier…

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