In response to the announcement from the National Snow and Ice Data Center on the Arctic summer sea ice extent, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from David Aplin, interim managing director of the US Arctic team:
“This summer’s nearly record low sea ice levels are yet another reminder of the massive change occurring in the Arctic, and communities and wildlife alike are already feeling the impacts. Given the unraveling of the sea ice system, action is urgently needed to avert other risks and threats to the region.
“For this reason, the potential for offshore oil drilling is misguided and risky. Burning more fossil fuels only accelerates warming and puts the region’s future in even more danger. It’s time to expedite our nation's transition to a renewable energy rather increase our reliance on fossil fuels.”