Polar Bears May Be Starving in the Barents Sea Area, But Thanks to Russia We Don’t Know If It’s Climate Change

Arctic sea ice has likely reached it’s minimum geographic extent for 2015, coming in at fourth lowest in the satellite record and continuing a long-term downward trend, according to a just-released update from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

The news brings to mind a dramatic image of an emaciated polar bear in Svalbard, Norway that recently went viral. The bear quickly become a poster child for climate change.

But posters and scientific evidence aren’t quite the same thing.

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