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A polar bear walking on pack ice in Spitsbergen, Norway

Leaders commit to conservation measures at Polar Bear Forum

Polar bear walking on pack ice in Spitsbergen, Norway Ministers and other national representatives made commitments today at the International Forum on Polar Bear Conservation in  Moscow, Russia, that will help polar bears persist across their Arctic range. The commitments were made at a forum in Russia supported by WWF. “The Arctic States’ response goes [...]

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Polar bear sow and two cubs, in Alaska

Polar bears descend on Moscow

This week, we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of a turning point in global polar bear conservation. 40 years ago the polar bear countries – United States, Canada, Russia, Greenland (Denmark) and Norway – made forward-thinking conservation commitments that helped several polar bear populations stabilize and largely recover from the historic threat of over-harvest. The countries [...]

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Pacific walrus Males at

Thousands of Walrus forced ashore

Last weekend, David Rose (Mail on Sunday) misleadingly reported on ‘global cooling’ and growing Arctic sea ice. In fact, Arctic sea ice has declined to the sixth-lowest extent on record this month. As a result, a growing number of walruses – up to 4,000 at one location by Sept. 14 – are being forced to [...]

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Protecting polar bears and people

I’m in Tromsø in Norway this week, which is north of the Arctic circle. WWF has brought together some of the world’s leading polar bear experts from Russia, Norway, Greenland, Canada and Alaska in the US – the polar bear ‘range states’ – for a workshop at the Fram High North Research Centre for Climate [...]

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Adelie penguins on iceberg.

The best laid plans of ice and men (and penguins)

The Antarctic Peninsula and the Scotia Arc, including the South Orkney Islands, are among the most rapidly warming parts of our planet. Air and ocean temperatures have increased, some ice shelves have retreated or collapsed, most glaciers have also retreated, and seasonal pack ice is generally much reduced. This has important consequences for the wildlife, [...]

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Penguin surprises in Antarctica – “These guys just keep amazing us”

For the last 3 years, WWF’s Polar Programme has been supporting critical science undertaken by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Antarctica. Dr Yan Ropert-Coudert leads a team of keen scientists who spend a year or more at Dumont D’Urville station in Antarctica studying Adélie penguins. The scientists attach miniature GPS devices [...]

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Walruses sitting on floating ice

A walrus ‘haul-out’ – and why it matters

The dramatic decline in summer sea ice will have a profound effect on Arctic people and species. Nick Sundt (the communications director for climate change at WWF US) follows some tagged walruses from Alaska to Russia in his latest blog, and explores some of the implications of a warming Arctic for the Pacific walrus. Less [...]

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