Double Take 'Toons: Cold Facts? As the Arctic sea has experienced increasing ice melts, the polar bear has become the poster animal of climate change. Deng Coy Miel makes the connection. But Mike Lester disputes it, relying on a Canadian government study of an area known as the Foxe Basin. The aerial survey "did not provide evidence to suggest that climate change is negatively influencing" the polar bear population in that area.