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NEW YORK It is perhaps the most ARRESTING image in an 11-hour panoply of arresting images, a moment of crisis that is at once starkly isolated and yet one that seems to serve as a portent for the entire planet and everything that creeps and breathes and thrives upon its molted surface.

In the sixth installment of the Discovery Channel’s epic documentary series Planet Earth, a polar bear, standing uncertainly on an ice floe in the Arctic, begins to lose his footing as the sheet begins to break apart into the surrounding sea.

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