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Record sea ice decline in the Arctic and Antarctic - WWF Comment

In response to the announcement by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre on record low sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic, WWF Polar Programme Manager, Rod Downie said:

“The annual freeze and thaw of sea ice in the polar regions is like the beating heart of our planet, driving ocean circulation and regulating our climate. But sea ice is in decline in a warming world and the records  have been shattered this year. 

“Record sea ice declines are bad news for the unique wildlife of Antarctica and the Arctic -  from blue whales, polar bears and penguins to krill and the many thousands of other species that have evolved to live on, under or around sea ice.

“And it’s bad news for the people of the Arctic who depend upon sea ice for their traditional way of life,  and for people across the world.

“We need to act now to lower our carbon emissions by improving energy efficiency, switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy and tackling climate change head-on.”

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