Conclusions

The future of the polar bear remains uncertain. Unless the rapid changes to the sea ice are stopped, continued erosion of their habitat will continue to affect the species. Should these changes go unchecked, the distribution of the bears will shrink northwards and southern populations will be extirpated. As the sea ice disappears, so will the polar bears. Without climate stabilization, climate warming will eventually affect the last remaining populations at the highest latitudes and the most iconic of the Arctic species will blink out. With their passing, the biological diversity of the world would be impoverished and the Arctic would diminish in its mystery and magnificence.

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