Friday, April 07, 2006

Polar Bears Extinct in 100 Years

Majestic creature of the far north, the polar bear is the world's largest terrestrial carnivore. Its Latin name, Ursus maritimus, means "sea bear", reflecting the fact that the species spends much of its life in or around water, or actually mostly on the water as it usually found on sea ice. As the southern edge of the Arctic ice cap melts in summer, polar bears follow the retreating sea ice.

Some bears are then stranded and spend their summers fasting on land, living off body fat stored from hunting in the spring and winter.Increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels - oil, coal and gas - are causing global warming. As a result, annual sea ice in the Arctic is melting earlier in the spring and forming later in the autumn.

Research funded by WWF has found that this leaves many polar bears with less time on the sea ice to hunt for food and build up their fat stores, and increased time on land where they must fast.

As their icy habitat disappears, the survival of the polar bear is at risk. Although the species is not currently endangered, its future is far from certain.

If current warming trends continue unabated, scientists believe that polar bears may disappear within 100 years. WWF funds field research by the world's foremost experts on polar bears to find out how global warming will affect the long-term condition polar bear populations.

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AGRI-INFO/APRIL 7, 2006


TITLE: POLAR BEAR - WORLD'S LARGEST TERRESTRIAL CARNIVORE

ALAM BA NINYO KUNG ANO ANG ITINUTURING NA "WORLD'S LARGEST CARNIVORE SA ATING PLANETA"?

ITO AY ANG POLAR BEAR NA ANG LATIN NAME AY URSUS MARITIMUS NA ANG KAHULUGAN AY SEA BEAR DAHIL SA KATOTOHANANG ANG URING ITO NG HAYUP AY NABUBUHAY SA ILALIM AT PALIGID NG KATUBIGAN NA KARANIWANG NASA MALAMIG NA LUGAR.

DAHIL SA UNTI UNTI NANG PAGKATUNAW NG ICE CAPS SA ARCTIC, MARAMI SA MGA POLAR BEAR ANG STRANDED NGAYON AT NAPIPILITAN NA LAMANG NA SILA AY MAG-FASTING SA KALUPAAN AT GINAGAMIT NILA ANG FAT NG KANILANG KATAWAN PARA MABUHAY.

ANG TUMATAAS NA INSIDENTE NG CARBON DIOXIDE AT IBA PANG HEAT TRAPPING GASES SA ATING PAPAWIRIN MULA SA PAGKASUNOG NG FOSSIL FUELS TULAD NG OIL, COAL AT GAS AY SILANG PANGUNAHING DAHILAN NG GLOBAL WARMING.

ITO NA ANG DAHILAN KUNG NABAGO NA NGAYON ANG GAWAIN NG POLAR BEARS, MAS MAIGSING PANAHON ANG KANILANG PAMAMALAGI SA KATUBIGAN PARA MAKAPAGHANTING NG KANILANG PAGKAIN AT DAGDAGAN ANG KANILANG NAILALAGAY NA FAT SA KATAWAN.

DAHIL SA PATULOY NA PAGKATUNAW NG ARTIC ICE CAPS AY NANGANGANIB NA MAMATAY ANG MGA POLAR BEAR.

KAUGNAY NITO TINAYA NG MGA SIYENTISTA NA POSIBLENG MAWALANG PARANG BULA ANG POLAR BEARS SA LOOB NG 100 TAON.

KUNG KAYA'T HABANG MAAGA AY HINIHILING NG WORLD WILFLIFE FUND NA KAILANGANG GUMAWA NG HAKBANG ANG LAHAT NG BANSA NA MALUTAS SA LALUNG MADALING PANAHON ANG MATINDING GLOBAL WARMING.

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