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  • Polar Bear Population Decline a Wake Up Call for Climate Change Action

    November 17, 2014

    Forty percent. That’s the stunning population loss for polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea. The news comes from a new study linking the dramatic decline in this polar bear subpopulation in northeast Alaska and Canada to a loss of sea ice due to climate change.

  • Through the Looking Glass

    October 21, 2014

    WWF's Elisabeth Kruger focuses on mitigating conflict between polar bears and people, and ensuring species conservation is consistent in the three countries that are home to the Bering, Chukchi, and Beafort Sea polar bears: the US, Russia and Canada.

    polar bear on ice
  • Walruses Crowd Shore as Arctic Sea Ice Nears Minimum

    September 18, 2014

    As Arctic sea ice nears its minimum this year, walruses—mostly females and their young—have been forced ashore into crowded haul-outs in Russia and Alaska. The sea ice has again disappeared over shallow feeding areas in the Chukchi Sea.

    walrus haulout
  • Report: US Communities and Wildlife Would Be Affected by Arctic Oil Spill

    July 25, 2014

    New research mapping a range of oil spill scenarios in the Canadian Beaufort Sea finds that a spill would likely reach the U.S. shorelines of Alaska and could affect the local communities and wildlife living there.

  • EPA Proposes Protection for Bristol Bay

    July 18, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposal to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine.

  • US Climate Assessment: An Urgent Call to Tackle Climate Change

    May 06, 2014

    Extreme weather events, melting glaciers and rising sea levels—all with links to climate change—are impacting the United States and the world, according to a new report by a group of leading US scientists and released by the White House on May 6.

    polar bear jumping to ice
  • Polar Bear Expedition Finds Little Ice and Few Mother Bears

    April 30, 2014

    WWF scientists spent two weeks in April on a research expedition to the islands of Arctic Norway to study polar bears and their habitat. They gathered data on 53 bears total and placed GPS collars on seven females. 

    ear tag
  • 25 Years After One of the World's Worst Ecological Disasters

    March 24, 2014

    March 24 marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska that alerted the world to the dangers of oil development in the Arctic.

    oil cleanup
  • Polar Bear Mom and Cub Snuggle in the Snow

    February 27, 2014

    Polar bears usually give birth to twin cubs that stick around for about two years. Take a look at a mother polar bear and her cub snuggling in the snow.

    Polar Bear
  • ice on Chukchi Sea coast, Alaska
  • EPA Confirms Negative Impact of Pebble Mine Development

    January 15, 2014

    In a long-awaited assessment from the EPA, scientists conclude that large-scale mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region would have serious negative impacts on salmon and native Alaskan cultures. Pebble Mine is proposed for the headwaters of Bristol Bay, a pristine body of water that is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.

     

  • 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

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