The terrifying reality of the effects of climate change have never felt more real, especially after National Geographic released video footage of a starving polar bear trying to locate food.
“We stood there crying, filming with tears rolling down our cheeks,” National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen confessed.
As a result of Baffin Island’s increasingly dry and warm habitat, the emaciated polar bear is shown desperately searching for whatever food it can source, lethargically rummaging through empty trash cans left unattended by humans.
Polar bears strongly rely on an ice environment to go about mating, traveling, and hunting, and therefore they become one of the first species to be immediately affected by the adversity of climate change. As shown in the footage, the aggregating heat and the disappearance of any ice formation has repelled the presence of seals, the bear's main food source. This means the threat to the lives of these polar bears is very, very real.