27 Apr '11, 2pm

On Thin Ice: Report identifies 13 vulnerable Arctic places as ice melts, industry moves in:

Off the shores of St. Lawrence Island in the frigid Bering Sea, Pacific walruses use their sensitive whiskers to find food: shrimp, crabs, soft corals, and mollusks that thrive in Arctic currents. They use their long tusks to “haul out” on packed ice, where they rest and warm up. But as sea ice melts at record rates due to climate change, it’s likely to affect the walruses’ ability to hunt and survive. They’re not alone – a wide variety of Arctic animals are already struggling with the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification . And now another threat is looming: expanding industry. As once firmly frozen Arctic ice melts, industries such as shipping, oil and gas development, and commercial fishing are eager to move in to areas that were previously inaccessible, seeking new resources and profits. Doing so poses definite threats to wildlife – including many endangere...

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