It's bad enough when 40% of your habitat will disappear by mid-century, but add trophy hunters taking advantage of a loophole in US law, and it's not a good time to be a polar bear, the Independent on Sunday reports. The bears are not listed as endangered so 950 pelts have been imported from Canada since 1994.
As yet another scientific investigation confirmed that ice is melting away faster than predicted, researchers now estimate that the polar bear population might drop by two-thirds. And pollution has led to infertility among many. "It's time to put the polar bear on the endangered species list, and give them a fighting chance," says Polar Bear Protection Act co-sponsor Sen. John Kerry. (Read more polar bear stories.)