Case Analysis : Alun Anderson Essay

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In 2006, Alun Anderson, a science journalist from London, was aboard a Russian ship in Nunavut, Canada when he saw his first polar bear from a ship’s deck. Astonished, he watched the bear for an hour, taking note of her long neck and her towering hindquarters as she cautiously strode along the ice cap, her head stretched out, desperately looking for her next meal. A wildlife biologist ambled on to the deck, observed the bear for a few minutes, and simply stated, “She won’t last the season.” Stunned, Anderson asked the biologist what he meant. The biologist nonchalantly exclaimed, “She’s stretching out her neck, sniffing the air, hoping to catch the scent of carrion. If she’s lucky, she’ll find a dead seal washed up, or even better a whale – there are beluga and narwhal around here. If there were still ice around, she might be able to swim out to it and catch a seal. But we haven’t seen ice since we left [the shore].”Curious about the bear and her counterparts, Anderson surveyed several charts on the disappearance and reappearance of arctic glaciers in large numbers, and realized that the only explanation for this was global warming (“What Happens To Polar Bears As Arctic Ice Shrinks?” 2011).
The polar bear Anderson saw on his trip to the Canadian Arctic Circle represents how global warming is already negatively impacting lives. Dozens of scientists and environmentalists alike have been publishing works, writing essays and articles, and giving speeches trying to persuade the…

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