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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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Climate change – five minutes before midnight

Speaking recently in Delhi, Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that the world was running out of time to tackle the threat of uncontrolled climate change, saying “we have five minutes before midnight.” Dr Pachauri said that humans were pushing the world’s climate system to the brink, [...]

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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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The future of energy

Playing a part in a safe, secure and affordable energy system will give an energy company a social licence to operate. But what does such an energy system look like? Well, first let’s look at what it doesn’t look like. Many energy scenarios paint a bleak picture of climate change – with carbon emissions reaching [...]

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Icebergs melting on the beach

Breaking records… and breaking ice

It’s been a record-breaking, feel-good month in a lot of ways. Team GB’s record Olympic medal haul left us on a high. World records on the track, velodrome, and aquatic centre crashed one after the other. But there is one record that I’d hoped we wouldn’t break this summer. I’m talking about the 2007 record [...]

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A melting iceberg on coast Qaanaaq, Greenland

Arctic summer sea-ice watch

Today, Jon Taylor, our climate change programme manager, joins me on our polar blog, and will be a regular contributor in the lead up to what is perhaps the biggest and most visible event in the ‘Arctic climate calendar’ – the summer sea-ice minimum. “The Arctic is undergoing rapid change. It is one of the [...]

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