Busting a polar bear myth

Background: Polar bears are a symbol of the deleterious effects of global warming.

Climate deniers claim: The polar bear population has “never been higher.”

The facts: Polar bears came back from near-extinction caused by overhunting, thanks to conservation efforts and hunting restrictions, but the best available scientific data indicate their numbers aren’t increasing today, and melting sea ice poses a new threat to their long-term survival. (Read story here.)

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