ABC News Online, 18 March 2009
Representatives from five countries with Arctic territories are meeting in Norway to discuss how to protect polar bears from extinction.
The United States, Canada, Russia, Denmark and Norway share a population of more than 20,000 polar bears.
Opening the conference, the Norwegian Environment Minister said the survival of the species is directly linked to the fight against global warming.
The conference has heard the global community must commit to curbing climate change to ensure the survival of the species.
American scientists from the US Geological Survey say that two-thirds of polar bears could disappear by 2050 if ice floes continue to melt.