More than Half of Polar Bear Populations Extinct by 2050

Federal Government Predicts Total Extinction of Polar Bears in Alaska by Mid-Century

Elizabeth Heyd, NRDC, 202/289-2424 or 202-725-0648 (cell)

Statement by Andrew Wetzler, director of the Endangered Species Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):  
“Today’s study by the U.S. Geological Survey reaffirms scientific evidence that has been clear for years: Global warming threatens polar bears with extinction and they need to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.”
The study was commissioned by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, and carried out by U.S. Geological Survey. It predicts thatalmost two-thirds of the world’s 19 polar bear populations will be extinct by mid-century. It also says three more populations of polar bears will probably be extinct within 75 years.

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