In Alaska's Chukchi Sea: Shell Resumes Offshore Drilling as Nearby Walruses are Forced Onshore

The story of this year's Arctic sea ice decline did not end on 16 September when the sea ice reached its official minimum extent for the Arctic overall. The decline has continued in the Chukchi Sea -- with momentous consequences. While the National Ice Center indicated that a large "marginal ice zone" was present north of Alaska on 16 September, that zone continued to decline and on 24 September the marginal ice zone had been entirely replaced by open water.

With Record Low Sea Ice Extent, Polar Bears Persevere on Marginal Ice -- or on Land

On Saturday, 15 September -- the day before the Arctic sea ice extent reached its record low -- a scientist aboard the USGS Healy spotted a polar bear struggling across thin ice.  Her photos capture a situation facing growing numbers of polar bears as sea ice extent declines, and the ice grows thinner, in response to warming conditions. The bears must persevere on marginal ice or swim in search of suitable sea ice -- both far from preferred coastal waters; or they must abandon the ice altogether and swim to land.

Losing the Top of the World: Breaking the Arctic Sea Ice One Record at a Time

In our world of information overload, we get used to hearing of records being broken. Even so, some moments stand out -- including now the record low Arctic sea ice extent reached earlier this month.   When we look closer, this and the many other climate-related records events we've witnessed in recent years are not isolated, but connected. And in this new era of extremes, we aren't just breaking records. By continuing to pour carbon pollution into the atmosphere we are rewriting the rulebook for the future of life on Earth.

"An Unprecedented Planetary Distress Signal": Arctic Sea Ice Extent Bottoms Out at a Record Low

The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center today (19 Sept 2012) announced that the extent of Arctic sea ice reached an annual minimum of 1.32 million square miles, the lowest sea ice extent on record (since 1979 when satellites started to regularly monitor the ice). The extraordinary sea ice decline has enormous implications in the region, and has consequences that extend well south of the Arctic. “In a year of record-breaking extremes, shocking has become the new normal," says Lou Leonard, Managing Director for Climate Change at WWF-US. "But what’s happened in the Arctic this summer should be on the front page of every newspaper. This is an unprecedented planetary distress signal.”

Alaska climate webinar to discuss Bristol Bay salmon

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
A webinar, Climate Change and Potential Impacts on Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Populations will take place Wednesday, Sept. 26 2012 from 10 -11 a.m. AKDT.  The event will be hosted by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy.

Adapting With Your Community: Insights and Techniques for Public Engagement on Climate Action (Webinar)

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

In this webinar, presented by WWF and ICLEI, you’ll learn first about a range of effective public engagement approaches tested in planning initiatives from around the country and how to understand what may work best in your community. Then you’ll hear about one innovative, technology-based approach that has worked in generating broad engagement in adaptation in the Southwest.  Finally, a leading climate analyst will offer insights from a new book about strategies to effectively communicate the case for climate action to a disengaged public

Video: Tucson (Arizona) Citizens Talk about Climate Change and their "Power to Prepare Tucson" Summit

In this video, the citizens of Tucson, Arizona, talk about the challenges climate change poses for the city and about the "Power to Prepare Tucson" summit the city held earlier this year (2012) to address those challenges. The event, was a central part of Tucson's participation in WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge, a competition among U.S. cities to prepare for climate change and reduce carbon footprints.  

Video introduction to WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge

A short video introduction to WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge, a competition among U.S. cities to prepare for climate change and to shift away from fossil fuels.

BBC: More Evidence that Declining Arctic Sea Ice and Warming North Atlantic Disrupt Weather in Mid-Latitudes (video)

In this video from the BBC, Alan Thorpe of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) explains how declining Arctic sea ice and warming north Atlantic sea surface temperatures are contributing to shifts in the atmosphere that are disrupting summer weather in the U.K.  

Al Jazeera: NASA: Arctic sea ice reaches record low (video)

Al Jazeera's Nick Clark reports from the Last Ice Area -- the northwest coast of Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic Islands -- aboard the Arctic Tern 1.  It is the first of four reports in a special series from WWF's Sailing to Siku voyage.

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