How Is climate change affecting polar bears and giant pandas?

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Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are the primary cause of climate change and an estimated increase of 3.7 to 4.8 °C is predicted by the year 2100 if emissions continue at current levels. Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) provide an interesting comparison study of the impact of climate change on bear species. While polar bears and giant pandas are arguably the most distant of the bear species with regard to life histories and behavior, both are likely to be significantly impacted by the broad-scale changes to their environment that are predicted to result from climate change. Herein, we review the conservation status of both species and their habitats, and present current and predicted evidence of the impacts of a changing climate on polar bear and giant panda survival.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title How Is climate change affecting polar bears and giant pandas?
Chapter 21
ISBN 9781108692571
DOI 10.1017/9781108692571.022
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Biology MFEB
Description 14 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Bears of the world: Ecology, conservation, and management
First page 303
Last page 316
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