PHOTOS: Ten Environmental Losses of 2009

PHOTOS: Ten Environmental Losses of 2009
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Hope Lost for the Arctic Ice Sheet?

The Arctic ice cap has been on a steady, staggered march toward its summer-time death for more than a decade. This year the idea of an Arctic Sea devoid of ice in summers resonated with the public, according to Bill Eichbaum, a vice president with the international conservation group WWF.

The loss of the ice "puts at risk iconic figures like the polar bear, the walrus--and it also puts at risk the people that live sustainably with that wildlife in their regions," Eichbaum said. "I think we realize that that is happening in the Arctic and that it is a huge loss."
—Photograph by Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard via AP
 
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