How Is Pollution Affecting Polar Bears?

Is Pollution Weakening Polar Bears' Ability to Mate?

Pollution is a serious problem, and it is affecting polar bears in an unexpected way. Read on to learn just how pollution may be affecting polar bears’ mating abilities:

Chemical pollutants in the Arctic may be weakening the penile bones of male polar bears, like this one on Ellesmere Island in Canada. In the Arctic, pollutants banned from the U.S. in 1979 but still floating around the environment seem to be affecting the strength of polar bear penile bones, possibly compromising the ability of the animals to reproduce. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, were once used in everything from transformers to paint and are notorious for their ability to hitch a ride. They have been found all over the world, and they tend to hide out in whatever unlucky […]


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