Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Polar-Bear-in-the-Arctic-27MZIFLQFFBB.htmlConceptually similarPolar Bear in the ArcticGP01ZYMCompleted★★★★Polar Bear in the ArcticGP01UNMCompleted★★★★Dead Seal in the ArcticGP01ZYNCompleted★★★★Polar Bear on Labrador Sea IceGP02ECHCompleted★★★★★★Polar Bear on Labrador Sea IceGP02EC7Completed★★★★★★Polar Bear on Labrador Sea IceGP02ECACompleted★★★★★★Polar Bear on Labrador Sea IceGP02ECBCompleted★★★★★★Polar Bear on Labrador Sea IceGP02ECCCompleted★★★★★★Polar Bear on Labrador Sea IceGP02ECDCompleted★★★★View AllGP01UNNPolar Bear in the ArcticA polar bear on fast sea ice off east Greenland. Polar bears cannot survive without sea ice. The loss of ice threatens vulnerable species like polar bears who depend on multi year ice to raise their young, to travel and to hunt for seals; their primary food source.Locations:Fram StraitDate:16 Sep, 2009Credit:© Nick Cobbing / GreenpeaceMaximum size:4630px X 3087pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Day-Ice-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Polar bearsShoot:Sea Ice Research in the ArcticIn summer 2009, the MY Arctic Sunrise sails to the Arctic to document the dire effects climate change has on one of the most fragile environments in the world. Independent scientists use the ship, helicopter, boats and assistance of the crew, to collect data and research the impacts of climate change. During this third section of the three-part tour, the ship travels to Fram Strait and seas to the east of Greenland and north-west of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to research the effects of climate change on fast depleting sea ice. That year (2009) the summer sea ice minimum was reported to be the third lowest on record. The depletion of Arctic sea ice has serious implications for many reasons. Loss of sea ice creates a positive feedback effect, when the darker ocean surface is exposed it absorbs more heat, melting the surrounding ice further. The loss of ice also threatens vulnerable species likes polar bears who depend on multi year ice to hunt for seals; their primary food source.