Arctic Melt Shrinks Polar Bears' Chances
January 9, 2017
The world of the polar bear is shrinking—everywhere. New research by scientists in the U.S. confirms that each of the 19 known populations of Ursus maritimus is increasingly affected by the earlier sea ice melt in the Arctic spring, and the later arrival of ice every autumn.
The finding is hardly a shock, as there have been warnings from conservationists about such things for years, with the polar bear becoming an icon of climate change concerns. And in most cases of species threat there are winners as well as losers.
But the latest study—published in The Cryosphere, a journal of the European Geosciences Union—confirms that there are no winners. The ice is in retreat for all polar bear populations.