# Arctic ice
Polar bears may be breathing their last: This century could mark the end of many ice-dependent species
The Arctic sea ice has been rapidly disappearing for a long time. However, recent studies hint at another aspect of this harsh reality. With the ice caps vanishing at such a fast pace, scientists have predicted that the Arctic sea ice may disappear altogether by the end of this century; and perhaps this would force many cold habitat dependent species, including the polar bears, to extinction.