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Polar Bears Still on Thin Ice, but Cutting Greenhouse Gases Now Can Avert Extinction
December 15, 2010
New research indicates that if humans reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly in the next decade or two, enough Arctic ice is likely to remain intact during late summer and early autumn for polar bears to survive.
University of Washington
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