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WWF: NOAA Report Card Further Evidence of a Rapidly Changing Arctic

In response to the release of NOAA’s 2017 Arctic Report Card, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from David Aplin, interim managing director for US Arctic programs:

“This report is further evidence of the dramatic change occurring in the Arctic – from rapidly warming temperatures to dwindling sea ice to melting permafrost. And it’s not only the ecosystems, wildlife and people of the Arctic being affected. We’re seeing far-reaching evidence of a melting Arctic thousands of miles away – from wildfires in California to freezing East Coast temperatures to changing jet stream patterns.

“The path forward is clear: climate change mitigation is absolutely vital. We need to reduce emissions, end our reliance on fossil fuels, and embrace a clean energy future - for the good of our planet, its people, and wildlife.”