While world leaders meeting in Mexico continue to delay significant action on global warming, dramatic new video footage shows the dire consequences of inaction for imperiled polar bears. The video, shot on November 23, 2010 on the western shores of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada, shows an undernourished polar bear mother and her two starving cubs struggling to survive. One of the cubs experiences seizures in the video, and both cubs died within two days of the filming.
“Although it’s difficult to watch, this video is an important document of the terrible cost of climate change denial and inaction,” said Kassie Siegel, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, which has petitioned and sued for Endangered Species Act protection for the polar bear due to climate change. “Global warming isn’t a crisis that’s decades away. It’s here now. The sad truth is that polar bears are already starving as global warming melts the Arctic.”…
(Video Credit: © 2010 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.com)
Source: Center for Biological Diversity, Brendan Cummings