Polar Bears' Path to Decline Runs Through Alaskan Village By Erica Goode (New York Times)

Summary of Article: This article discusses the drastic affect that climate change is having on polar bears. They are moving into the village of Kaktovik in Alaska, and spending more than double the time they used to spend in this village. Polar bears are reliant on ice to catch their food, seals, and without the ice they are unable to catch their food source and thus are forced to find new food sources, and different places to live without the ice they usually spent their time on. This leads polar bears to spend increasing time in human civilizations such as Kaktovik. Their increased presence is not a huge issue during the day if they have a food source, which currently is dead whale although that is not what the polar bears would be eating if it wasn't for the melting ice, but when they spend too much time in town and don't have a food source it can become an issue. At night it is dangerous for people to be walking around without bear spray when bears are inhabiting the town and if polar bears do not have a steady food source they could become aggressive towards humans. The polar bears have become a symbol of climate change and they are considered highly endangered as a result of the melting ice. They are a huge tourist attraction due to the fact that they may not be around for much longer.

Analysis of Article: This article conveys the importance of making immediate changes to work to save the environment. Without significant change and immediate steps taken to control greenhouse gas emissions, polar bears will go completely extinct soon. They will also become increasingly dangerous due to their lack of food sources leading them to compete with humans and act aggressively towards humans. The content is noteworthy because of the important implications of the polar bears' vulnerability towards extinction. They are one of many animal species that will be significantly affected by global warming, as the ice melting makes them unable to get to their food source thus causing major issues for the species. The steps that need to be taken are immediately people around the world must work to decrease C02 and greenhouse gas emissions, and we must create long term plans to protect the environment and stop the ice from melting. Greenhouse emissions are not only harmfully affecting humans, but also many members of wildlife, the polar bears only being one example. The polar bears' dwindling numbers sends an important message that now is the time more than ever to work to change our habits in order to preserve wildlife.

Takeaways: I decided to read this article in the first place because I immediately was interested in the topic of polar bears. It is hard not to feel bad about driving the polar bears to extinction when you look at how unique these animals are. It is extremely sad to me that human actions that I am a part of could have such a negative impact on these animals. My biggest takeaway from this article is the importance of changing our habits to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Our lack of environmental concern not only affects us, but also the wildlife around us and this is very important to remember.

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