Where will the polar bears go as the Arctic ice melts under their feet

The Arctic regions are home to a variety of wildlife, including polar bears (Ursus maritimus). Polar bears are generally solitary animals. At first glance, more than white, are cream-colored. In fact, the outer coat is hollow and translucent and perfectly fulfills its function of transmitting the sun’s heat to the base of the hair, where the skin is black.


The polar bear is the top predator of the Arctic marine ecosystem. It feeds mainly on seals, but also includes walruses, and belugas in their diet. As one can see, it also overwhelms with its enormous size. So, as prevention, when people are in the presence of these animals, researchers are equipped with live-fire weapons, although the purpose is not having to use the weapons ever, which is very easy if you do not bother the bear.


Some studies suggest that almost two-thirds of these bears will disappear by 2050 if the decline in ice cover continues at current rates. “Reducing the ice is affecting the ability of the bears to survive,” explains Robert Buchnan, president of Polar Bears International. “The bears depend on sea ice as a platform from which to hunt seals.”


Of the 19 populations of polar bears in the world, 13 are permanent residents in Canada. “If the ice disappears, said Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, the bears will disappear with it. I’ve Lost more than a million square miles of sea ice, which is equivalent to an area the size of Alaska, Texas and Washington.”


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Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com