A polar bear has starved to death allegedly due to climate change in a picture posted by the Daily Mail. In a bone-chilling photo, the photographer has captured what could be called an evidence of climate change.
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) February 18, 2016
Photographer Sebastian Copeland said he was trekking in the Canadian Arctic when he saw the corpse of the animal. It was surrounded by its own fur with rock as its bed.
Copeland believed that the photograph serves as the testimony to the problems that several animals face as a result of climate change. As the sea ice retreats, it forces them to move inland for food.
— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) February 18, 2016
Writing in his book Arctica: The Vanishing North, the adventurer said, “For the state of the ice in general, we’re headed into uncharted territory. There’s no doubt about it. The frozen remains of this young bear point to starvation.”
The photographer says he has been photographing the Arctic for 10 years now and says his goal is to document the effects of global warming, explaining, “The faster retreat of the sea ice, a bear’s favoured spot for seal hunting, leads to longer fasting periods and the demise of more animals from starvation.”
— Climate Reality (@ClimateReality) February 18, 2016
Mr. Copeland is a photographer, polar explorer, and environmental activist. He has helped lead an expedition to the Arctic in 2005 that included Salma Hayek and Jake Gyllenhaal to mark Earth Day and raise awareness about climate change. In 2009, he trekked 400 miles to the North Pole.
This is not the first time a shocking photo has appeared. Kerstin Langenberger posted a picture of an emaciated bear that went viral on Facebook, the Epoc Times reported.
However, there were doubts about Langenberger’s photo. Karyn Rode, a wildlife biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Anchorage, Alaska, told NBC News that the photo could be misleading.
“I think you are always going to have animals in any population [that are] in poor conditions,” Rode told NBC News.
She added that it could also be because of an injury or old age.
There have been several challenges that climate change has been throwing at us. UN Environment Protection tweeted that 2.7 million households have been hit by drought in South Africa. That’s a staggering number by any stretch of the imagination.
However, in the minds of the experts, there seems to be no doubt that global warming is a reality. Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Oleg Anisimov said that there is a lot of evidence that temperatures are rising four times faster in the frozen region than the rest of the planet.
This rising of the temperature means that all the ice would have melted and water would remain in the polar region by the 2050s. There may be a few floating icebergs if we are lucky, but that’s about it.
— UN Environment (@UNEP) February 18, 2016
Despite the claims of global warming made by several researchers, there are skeptics who do not exactly believe global warming is for real.
— Pure Climate Skeptic (@Carbongate) February 18, 2016
There have been reports that the ice levels in the Southern Hemisphere have risen through the roof. The skeptics have been pointing about that the global temperatures have actually remained steady for 18 years now, Right Edition said. Several such blogs and forums can be found on the internet that claim climate change and global warming are just hoaxes.
— Edward Tufte (@EdwardTufte) February 18, 2016
It is unclear when the several researchers will come to a common ground over climate control. But if the picture of the dead polar bear is to be believed, things don’t look too good that the moment.
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