of polar bears will disappear by 2050, according to the US Geological Survey.

Arctic Sea Ice

More Melting Every Year

The minimum ice levels (measured during September) have decreased by 35.6% in 36 years.

comparison of the arctic sea ice amount in 1979 to 2015

Less Reflection

Ice reflects the sun’s energy, open water absorbs it, which heats the water...which melts more sea ice.

illustration of the albedo cycle

Great Impact

Polar bears depend on sea ice for survival. Less ice means less:

illustration of impact on polar bears of sea ice loss


[sources: National Snow and Ice Data Center, Polar Bears International]