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Missing a global climate target could spell disaster for these Polar Bears

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🗞️ Driving the news: Polar bears in Hudson Bay might face extinction by the 2030s due to thinning sea ice, which is crucial for their hunting activities, according to a new study

🔭 The context: Traditionally, Hudson Bay's polar bears endure about four months of ice-free seasons by relying on their fat reserves
The recent study, published in Communications Earth & Environment, indicates that sea ice now melts earlier, leaving bears unable to hunt effectively

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The decline of polar bears serves as an indicator of broader Arctic ecosystem health, highlighting the urgent need for climate action to prevent further environmental degradation

⏭️ What's next: As conditions worsen, First Nations and Inuit communities may need to adapt traditional practices to conserve polar bear populations, and broader climate initiatives will be essential to mitigate these impacts

💬 One quote: "This might be the first subpopulation that disappears,” said Julienne Stroeve, lead author of the study

📈 One stat: There are now about half as many polar bears in Western Hudson Bay as there were in 1987

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