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.”