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Melting ice in the Arctic means fewer perches for polar bears.
Melting ice in the Arctic means fewer perches for polar bears. (By Jonathan Hayward -- Canadian Press Via Associated Press)
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Polar Bears Threatened As Arctic Ice Shrinks

· The amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank to its second-lowest level ever, more evidence that life for polar bears is getting harder, scientists said this week.

On Tuesday, Arctic sea ice stretched over 2.03 million square miles, less than the 2.05 million square miles measured in 2005, the National Snow and Ice Data Center said.

As more Arctic ice melts, bears are forced to swim longer distances to find ice platforms from which they can hunt seals for food. Polar bears have drowned in the Arctic, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Storm Gustav Hits Haiti

· Tropical Storm Gustav dumped heavy rains on the Caribbean island nation of Haiti yesterday, killing several people. Forecasters say Gustav could become a hurricane as it moves toward Louisiana and Texas.


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