Human-Driven Global Warming Is Biggest Threat to Polar Bears, Report Says By erica good

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On monday, federal wildlife officials named climate change the biggest threat to the survival of the polar bear and warned that if global warming is not met with resistance, then bears are extremely likely to disappear from much of the Arctic. In a report released by the Fish and Wildlife Service, officials wrote that the most important action to combat the dwindling polar bear population is to reduce the current levels of greenhouse gas emissions. This task will be difficult to uphold as Mr. Trump has just entered office, intends to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, and has shown little interest in trying to reduce emissions. The Fish and Wildlife service has decided to create a conservation plan to help the polar bears. Because the F & W Service has no authority to dictate energy policy or regulate emissions, the plan is more focused on smaller issues for polar bears, such as overhunting, preservation of land inhabited by bears, and dealing with increasing conflicts between man and bear.

Analysis of Article: This content is noteworthy because it's a wake up call for those unconcerned with climate change. Hopefully people will read this and understand how our actions are truly impacting our earth. This article has the ability to change the way people live their life, whether it's driving a hybrid car, installing solar panels, or using less water while showering, there's a chance that our actions can stop the destruction of the earth and the beings on it. We are currently in a bad situation with the new head of the EPA, and the Fish and Wildlife Service can only do so much, as stated before. So, a step in the right direction would be to start a petition to remove Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier and the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensive state of Oklahoma. If that is unreachable, then people need to take actions in their own lives and stick up for the environment because Mr. Pruitt certainly will not.

My Big Takeaway: I initially picked this article because I've always had a fascination with polar bears and the thought of them ceasing to exist is something that scares me because it also has other negative connotations for the earth. I think it's awesome that the Fish and Wildlife Reserve is putting as much effort into the cause that they can, and I hope that Mr. Trump will find compassion and invest in the health of the polar bear population.

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