Animals that live at the poles, such as polar bears and penguins, are greatly affected by climate change because that’s where the effects of it can be seen most clearly.
Emperor penguins have been affected by the three-week delay in the annual ice melting season over the last decade. This has led to a decrease in the amount of krill, which is the penguins’ main source of food. Loss of habitat has also significantly contributed to declining numbers of penguins.
Polar bears are negatively affected by climate change due to loss of food sources and habitat as well. Loss of ice in the Arctic prevents seals, the polar bears’ main source of food, from reproducing and molting. The loss of ice means loss of places from which polar bears can hunt, mate, travel, and raise young.
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