This fact sheet explains the current statistics and facts about polar bears and their habitat, asserting that, based on conservative estimates on sea ice shrinkage rates, two-thirds of the polar bear population would become extinct by 2050.
This fact sheet details the largest issues facing the Arctic as a result of climate change, including the melting of permafrost and the subsequent release of methane and CO2, and provides an overview of how they negatively impact Arctic vegetation and the ability for Arctic species to survive.
Climate change adds new threats to fish species over and above those posed by pollution, overexploitation and other factors. The largest threats are rising water temperatures that reduce the growth rates and survival, ocean acidification killing coral reefs, sea changes caused by thawing ice and ocean current disturbances.
This brochure explains how oil and gas drilling is expected to bring in approximately $7.7 billion over the 25-40 years experts believe it will take to extract these finite resources from Bristol Bay and the North Aleutian Basin.
This fact sheet demonstrates the need for international guidelines for protecting marine environments in light of increasing offshore development and its potentially adverse effects on the Arctic marine environment.
The worlds biggest freshwater fish and 4 out of the top ten giant freshwater fish species can be found in the Mekong River. The single most important threat is the hydropower dams in the lower Mekong and large tributaries.
A new monkey, a self-cloning skink, five carnivorous plants, and a unique leaf warbler are among the 208 species newly described by science in the Greater Mekong region during 2010. The region is an integral part of one of the top five most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world.
Spanning five of the world’s 13 tiger range states, the Greater Mekong region possesses the largest combined area of tiger habitat in the world today. Estimates vary significantly but it is thought there could be as few as 350 Indochinese tigers remaining in this region, down from roughly 1,200 in 1998.
The Global 200 identifies a set of the Earth's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecoregions that harbor exceptional biodiversity and are representative of its ecosystems. The Global 200 includes 238 ecoregions, comprised of 142 terrestrial, 53 freshwater, and 43 marine priority ecoregions.
HydroSHEDS provides hydrographic information via data layers to support watershed analyses, hydrological modeling, and freshwater conservation planning at a quality, resolution, and extent that had previously been unachievable in many parts of the world.
The International Conservation Budget 2012 summarizes the international conservation programs funded by the U.S. government. It is produced annually by WWF, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, and Wildlife Conservation Society.
This guide is designed to help InVEST users select the most appropriate types of scenarios and methods when engaging stakeholders in the InVEST process. The guidance draws heavily on case studies where the provision of ecosystem services under alternative scenarios was evaluated using InVEST. The document highlights key issues and questions and provides tools, references and resources for readers who want to learn more.
This primer is a 12-page summary of Developing Scenarios to Assess Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs: Guidance and Case Studies for InVEST Users, which highlights case studies and guidance on developing scenario maps for the InVEST tool.