In response to the announcement from the National Snow and Ice Data Center that 2016 Arctic sea ice extent reached its second lowest level on record, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Margaret Williams, managing director for US Arctic programs:
“It’s no surprise to see near-record low summer sea ice extent during the warmest year on record. It’s an alarming reminder of the havoc climate change is wreaking on Arctic ecosystems and communities.
“Low sea ice and warming Arctic temperatures are clarion calls for cutting emissions. As a start, the US can remove the Arctic from upcoming oil and gas leases and keep the region’s fossil fuels under the ocean. Tapping these hydrocarbons will make the problem worse, as more emissions will be added to the atmosphere and drive further Arctic warming.”