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The Arctic’s ‘Last Ice Area’ is melting quickly

Extreme winds and climate change created a brutal summer in a crucial Arctic wildlife haven.

A polar bear is perched on a thick chunk of sea ice north of Greenland
A polar bear is perched on a thick chunk of sea ice north of Greenland in March 2016. These thicker, older pieces of sea ice don’t fully protect the larger region from losing its summer ice cover. Credit: Kristin Laidre/University of Washington
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