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Gentoo penguin,Port Lockroy, Antarctica. Copyright: Pete Bucktrout, Norman Cobley, British Antarctic Survey

My 3 letters from the Penguin Post Office

Did you see the BBC2 Natural World documentary ‘Penguin Post Office’? It was a penguin extravaganza set at one of the UK’s most remote outposts. Port Lockroy, Goudier Island is located just off the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic British base was built in 1944, during a secret wartime mission called Operation Tabarin. It operated as […]

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Svalbard Polar Bear

The Queens of Svalbard

My Colleague Gert from WWF Netherlands has just returned from a trip with the Norwegian Polar Institute polar bear research crew on board the MS Lance, and it’s safe to say the trip was nothing like he expected. The mission was to capture and tag polar bears, take body measurements and fit females with satellite […]

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Fishing Vessels of 100GT and above, such as the pictured UK trawler Catharina, can now obtain an IMO Number.

A starting point for greater transparency in the fishing industry

WWF were instrumental in initiating and then co-sponsoring the decision taken on 4 December 2013 at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), to include fishing vessels of 100GT and above into the voluntary IMO Numbering Scheme. This is an important measure to improve transparency in the fishing industry, long beset by non-permanent vessel identifiers such as […]

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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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Temperatures in Greenland have risen by about 5C in the last 60 years due to human-induced climate change, causing melting at unprecedented rates. Greenland's ice alone contains enough water to raise global sea levels by nine metres. © Global Warming Images / WWF-Canon climate change

Climate change is real.

Scientists and world governments have spoken: climate change is unequivocal, its risks are real and our impact is clearer than ever. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report launched last Friday is quite simply the most authoritative and comprehensive review of climate science available. It’s been prepared by over 800 scientists, cites over […]

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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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