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Polar Bears in Svalbard and Melting Sea Ice
The Polar Bear or Ursus maritimus is facing a range of challenges as air temperatures in the Arctic Region are rising 2 – 2.5 times faster than the global average. There are thought to be between 22,000-27,000 Polar Bears in 20 separate populations across the World. In the arctic, where perennial sea ice is disappearing at a rate of nearly 9% per decade, the Polar Bears who rely on it for hunting, shelter and breeding are being put at huge risk as their habitat is destroyed.
Polar bear testing melting sea ice, Svalbard
Polar bear on sea ice, its prime habitat, Svalbard
Polar bear on sea ice, its prime habitat, Svalbard
Polar bears on pack ice north of Svalbard with seal kill
Polar bears feeding on sea ice, Svalbard
Polar bear looking for whale cadaver under water, Svalbard
Mother Polar Bear and cub, Svalbard, Norway
Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus), Svalbard, Norway
Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus) observing the ice, Norway
Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus), Svalbard, Norway
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus), Svalbard, Norway
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) perched beside the ice, Svalbard, Norway
Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus) feeding on a seal, Svalbard, Norway
Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus), Svalbard, Norway