Congressional Member’s Report Card

Our Environment’s Reality?

Perspective - Extinction

TOP 10 U.S. ENDANGERED SPECIES – POLAR BEARS

  • With the world population hitting 7 billion, the Center for Biological Diversity is marking this milestone by releasing a list of species in the United States facing extinction caused by the growing human population.
  • The 10 species represent a range of geography, as well as species diversity — but all are critically threatened by the effects of human population. Some, like the Florida panther and Mississippi gopher frog, are rapidly losing habitat as the human population expands.
  • Others are seeing their habitat dangerously altered — like the small powering sandplain gerardia in New England — or, like the blueJn tuna, are buckling under the weight of massive overJshing. Still others, like the polar bear, are facing extinction because of fossil fuels driving catastrophic global warming.
  • Of greatest concern is the brunt of the global climate crisis that is severely impacting the polar bear’s. Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could be extinct by 2050 if greenhouse gas-fueled global warming keeps melting their Arctic sea-ice habitat.

POLAR BEARS - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION

POLAR BEARS - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION