Walrus threatened by ice shortage in Alaska
The U.S. Wildlife Conservation and Management Agency has sounded the alarm trichechi in Alaska which, due to the scarcity of ice, spill over the northwestern coasts, a thousand kilometers from the capital Anchorage.
According to the researchers, it is a phenomenon that has been going on for more than 8 years and is caused by climate change. The agency reported that several thousand specimens were sighted near the village of Point Lay.
Due to the lack of ice, these animals are forced to flock to the American and Russian coasts of the Chukchi Sea, located on the border between the Sea of Bering and the sea Arctic glacial. Unfortunately, these specimens are forced back beyond the continental shelf, where the waters are too deep to find food.
According to the data, these colonies of at least 35 thousand specimens were sighted on the coasts in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014.
Last year, as reported the Ansa, the US Air Force had decided to divert some aircraft routes to prevent the aircraft from frightening the individuals who, in a panic, could trample each other when fleeing.
As researchers sound the alarm, the US government, despite having announced its willingness to initiate a program to combat climate change, in mid-August, gave the green light to drilling in the Arctic. For this, some government sources explained that the United States government had decided to transfer at least 6 thousand walruses, including females and cubs, to an island in the river barrier. Chukchi Sea, in the Arctic Ocean, due to the retreat of the ice. A position of the Obama administration harshly criticized by environmental associations who accuse the US president of “counterproductive hypocrisy.”
In short, the question arises: if it is only climate change that affects the melting of glaciers in Alaska or if it is purely economic interests that are contributing to this phenomenon.