|Polar to the north
30 x 40 cm | 12" x 16" Acrylic paint on
fine art on a poured background
Polar bears are classified as marine mammals.
While climate change remains the greatest threat to the polar
bear´s survival, that is not all that the predator is up against.
The oil and gas industry is turning its eyes to the arctic, and
with it comes the potential risks of habitat destruction from oil
exploration work. Contact with oil spills can reduce the
insulating effect of a bear´s fur requiring them to use more
energy to get warm, and can poison them if ingested.
Polar bears can also be exposed to toxic chemicals such as
pesticides through their prey, which can affect a bear´s
biological functioning and ability to reproduce.