The polar bear is considered the poster child of environmentalists claiming that global warming will lead to the extinction of species, particularly the polar bear. Recent research indicates otherwise. Contrary to the naysayers, polar bear populations have been growing in the last 40 years because there has been less ice! In the past, polar bears have survived quite well in an Arctic that was ice free as discussed in a recent blog. Check out the research yourself in the peer-reviewed journal αrctos: The Journal of Arctic Geosciences.