About the Cover

Alone on a disappearing ice floe, an Arctic polar bear stands at the precipice of global warming. With life as he knows it threatened by greenhouse gasses, and resulting rising temperatures and declining sea ice, in addition to international trade in the species and its parts, the earth’s largest terrestrial carnivore (called Isbjorn, or ice bear, in Norwegian) faces extinction from a world that has sustained him for 100,000 years. See page 10 for information on climate change and page 13 for more on endangered species listings.

Photo by Rinie Van Meurs/ Foto Natura/ Minden Pictures