ArcNet is a network of priority areas for marine conservation that spans the entire Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. Conserving these ecosystems strengthens the resilience of Arctic biodiversity in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Learn what role we all can play in protecting the arctic in this brochure.
WWF has developed ArcNet—a network of priority areas for marine conservation—across the entire Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. The network is based on comprehensive, rigorous scientific analysis and best-available data. ArcNet reflects the web of marine life and ecological functions across a connected ocean that underpins the diverse values of people in the region and beyond.
The dramatic decline of the summer sea ice and increasing industrialization in the Arctic threaten to significantly impact such important marine areas. In this updated report on the Bering Strait, WWF experts present several measures that will help ensure safe and environmentally sound shipping in the region by addressing increasing threats of growing vessel traffic.
Offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic is a disastrous idea. It would lead to the release of millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere at a time when we should be cutting emissions. There’s also the near-certain risk of spills. This infographic lays out the detailed case for keeping the oil under the sea.
Climate change is already changing the Arctic, and current carbon reduction commitments will not be enough to stop this transformation cold. This executive summary of a July 2016 Columbia Climate Center workshop details why global leaders must focus on helping the region adapt and accelerate a reduction in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Climate change is already changing the Arctic, and current carbon reduction commitments will not be enough to stop this transformation cold. Instead, world leaders must focus on helping the region adapt and accelerate a reduction in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This paper summarizes the outcomes of this workshop and highlights how world leaders can move forward.
WWF’S Rapid Assessment of Circus-Arctic Ecosystem Resilience (RACER) presents a new tool for identifying and mapping places of conservation importance throughout the Arctic. This introductory handbook is intended as a general roadmap to the RACER method. It describes the approach and its use of the best available data to create maps of arctic key features as targets for future conservation efforts.
This factsheet details basic facts about polar bears, the key threats to their existence, and WWF’s solutions and actions for protecting polar bears’ Arctic habitat from climate change, industrial threats and other harmful human activities.
This fact sheet explains the current statistics and facts about polar bears and their habitat, asserting that, based on conservative estimates on sea ice shrinkage rates, two-thirds of the polar bear population would become extinct by 2050.
This fact sheet details the largest issues facing the Arctic as a result of climate change, including the melting of permafrost and the subsequent release of methane and CO2, and provides an overview of how they negatively impact Arctic vegetation and the ability for Arctic species to survive.
Climate change adds new threats to fish species over and above those posed by pollution, overexploitation and other factors. The largest threats are rising water temperatures that reduce the growth rates and survival, ocean acidification killing coral reefs, sea changes caused by thawing ice and ocean current disturbances.
This brochure explains how oil and gas drilling is expected to bring in approximately $7.7 billion over the 25-40 years experts believe it will take to extract these finite resources from Bristol Bay and the North Aleutian Basin.
This fact sheet demonstrates the need for international guidelines for protecting marine environments in light of increasing offshore development and its potentially adverse effects on the Arctic marine environment.
Over the past few decades, the Arctic has warmed at about twice the rate of the rest of the globe. The impact of this on the Arctic’s physical systems, biological systems, and human inhabitants is large and projected to grow throughout this century and beyond.
This report concludes that sea-levels will very likely rise by more than one meter by 2100 -- more than twice the amount given in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2007 assessment that had excluded the contribution of ice sheets from their projection.
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