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  • Leaders Make Commitment to Help Polar Bears

    December 11, 2013

    As polar bears trudged back onto their sea ice hunting grounds for the winter, an international gathering of arctic nations was working last week to protect the future of the species.

    polar bear on ice
  • Tracking Polar Bears—at the Age of 100

    November 13, 2013

    WWF member Elsa Bailey realizes a lifelong dream at the age of 100 as she tracks polar bears in the Arctic.

    Elsa Bailey on her polar bear adventure
  • Thousands of Walruses Forced Ashore as Arctic Sea Ice Declines

    September 18, 2013

    As Arctic sea ice has declined to the sixth-lowest extent on record this month, a growing number of walruses are being forced to haul out on land.

    group of walruses
  • Breaking the Cycle

    September 17, 2013

    The amount of ice covering the Arctic Ocean’s surface has reached its lowest point this year. Why is the ice melting so quickly? Black carbon is partly to blame.

    polar bear Svalbard Arctic
  • Expedition to the Arctic

    September 05, 2013

    We know very little about the wildlife and habitat of the Siberian coast, and so WWF teamed up with Canon on a research expedition to learn more.

    walrus in laptev
  • Celebrating Salmon in Alaska's Bristol Bay

    August 08, 2013

    Salmonstock 2013 is an annual music festival held in Ninilchik, Alaska, in celebration of wild salmon and the humans who rely on them.

    aerial art at salmonstock
  • The Biodiversity Treasure Trove of Sub-Arctic Submarine Canyons

    June 17, 2013

    Underwater canyons in the Bering Sea are home to a vast array of species. WWF has been acting as an advocating to enact protective measures to conserve the canyons.

    life in bering sea canyon
  • U.S. and Other Arctic Countries Urged to Create Oil Response Plans

    May 15, 2013

    The United States will be required to develop a plan for responding to oil and gas spills in the Arctic Ocean if an agreement signed today by Secretary of State John Kerry and others is adhered to by the U.S. government.

    oil cleanup ship
  • WWF Takes the Wheel on Arctic Shipping

    May 14, 2013

    As climate change melts Arctic sea ice, the Bering Strait is seeing a marked increase in shipping traffic. WWF is taking action to ensure that development in the Arctic occurs in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

    Ship in Arctic
  • It Starts at Home

    April 09, 2013

    WWF-US works in countries as diverse as Namibia and Nepal and Mexico, but our roots are firmly planted in the United States. In our first year, three of the five grants made by our Board of Directors supported domestic projects. More than 50 years later, our in-country work remains an anchor of our conservation portfolio.

     

    Caribou running
  • Arctic Drilling Assessment Released

    March 14, 2013

    A new government assessment of offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic in 2012 falls short of acknowledging that offshore drilling cannot currently be conducted safely in the Arctic and should not be allowed.

  • Shell Announces No Drilling this Year in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas

    February 27, 2013

    Royal Dutch Shell today announced today that it will forgo its plans to drill for oil and gas in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas in 2013 so it can be more prepared to drill in the future. The decision by Shell comes on the heels of the company’s 2012 drilling season in Alaska, which was fraught with challenges, including the near-grounding of one of its drill rigs, a fire later on the same rig, the failure of its oil spill containment dome, and, ultimately, the grounding of a drilling rig on a pristine, wildlife-rich island in Alaska in late December.

  • shallow river where salmon come for spawning, Kamchatka
  • Polar Bear Patrol

    February 06, 2013

    WWF works with Arctic communities to protect people and polar bears from avoidable cases of conflict

    Polar bear
  • Why I Work in the Arctic

    January 31, 2013

    Today in the Arctic, we are tackling the most defining resource issues. We are talking about the health of our planet, the survival of intact ecosystems from one generation to the next, and the world that my children and their children will inherit.

    WWF experts - Dave Aplin, Alaska office
  • Concerns Over Arctic Drilling Grow as Oil Rig Runs Aground in Alaska

    January 02, 2013

    An oil drilling rig operated by Shell Oil Company ran aground on a pristine wildlife-rich island in Alaska after a series of technological failures in gale force winds and high seas—driving home WWF's serious concerns about drilling in icy and remote Arctic waters.

    Kulluk sits aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska,
  • Conserving Kamchatka Salmon through Marine Stewardship Council Certification

    September 04, 2012

    In the pristine Kamchatka Peninsula on the eastern coast of Russia, salmon is the keystone species of coastal ecosystems and human economies. On September 4, 2012 the Ozernaya sockeye salmon fishery in this region was certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). 

    Dead Kamchatka salmon in a fishery
  • WWF Works to Protect Alaska as Oil and Gas Drilling Raises Concerns

    August 30, 2012

    Shell Oil Company has been granted permission by the U.S. government to begin preparatory drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. Layla Hughes, WWF’s expert on oil and gas development, shares her concerns and what WWF is doing to address them.

    Arctic landscape
  • Experience the Arctic

    April 11, 2012
  • The Arctic : Colorful, Vibrant and Teeming with Life

    April 10, 2012

    What’s it like to work in the Arctic? Find out from Margaret Williams, Managing Director of WWF’s Arctic Program.

    Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)
  • Tracking Polar Bears in the Arctic

    March 29, 2012

    Between the ash-colored sky, misty rain and snow-covered shoreline, I struggled to make out the polar bears that our captain insisted were straight ahead of us. No matter how much I strained, toggling between binoculars and naked eye, all I observed was thick, milky nothingness.

  • Whale Encounter Illustrates Urgent Need to Keep Waters Healthy

    February 21, 2012

    We hit the trifecta. After an 18-hour boat ride through the wild waters of the Pacific, we reached Magdalena Bay, Mexico. The water was still. The sky was solid blue. We were told by our guides that dozens of gray whales, each just a few weeks old, were in this part of the bay and at the stage of their life when they wanted to do what all children want to do: play. It was the perfect set-up for whale watching.

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