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How Fast Will the Polar Bear Disappear?

Posted on 06 December 2009 by editor

 

Copenhagen ice bear. Credit: Servaas Van den Bosch/IPS.

Copenhagen ice bear. Credit: Servaas van den Bosch/IPS

By Servaas van den Bosch

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) “Come touch a piece of the Arctic, disappearing before your eyes. What have you got to lose?” asks the WWF in downtown Copenhagen, where a gigantic polar bear sculpted out of ice is slowly melting.

“Just like the scientists at the climate meet, I have no idea how long it will take for the polar bear to completely disappear,” says sculptor Mark Coreth from the UK. In the case of this particular nine tonne specimen, it doesn’t look good. Ice water is steadily dripping down, forming a pool under its body, and the once fierce head has morphed into an unrecognisable mass. Continue Reading

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