© Jon Aars / Norwegian Polar Institute / WWF
On the islands of Svalbard, in Norway’s high Arctic, warming temperatures and melting ice are transforming the Arctic landscape. The Norwegian Polar Institute and WWF-Canon undertook a research expedition to learn more about how polar bears are adapting to their changing habitat.
© Tom Arnbom / WWF
During the brief Arctic summer of 2013, WWF journeyed to the Laptev Sea in the heart of Siberia.In this little-known and remote region, the team set out to solve a scientific riddle - are walrus and polar bear populations in the Laptev related to populations to the east and west? The answer to this mystery may have implications for the management of the entire region.
At the December 2013 International Forum on the Conservation of Polar Bears, Arctic leaders from all five range states committed to significant progress on polar bear conservation.
The Forum followed a year-long WWF campaign to bring attention to this enormous opportunity.
© Thorsten Milse / WWF
In July and August 2012, scientists and WWF experts explored the Last Ice Area -- the northwest coast of Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic Islands. Along the way, we conducted research and spoke with local communities to fill in the knowledge gaps about this remote area.
During the December 2009 climate negotiations, a team from WWF was in Copenhagen, to try to help make sure people know about the urgent climate signals from the Arctic.
We had an 'Arctic Tent' on Nytorv, a main public square in Copenhagen
WWF supported two expeditions that took on some of the world’s most difficult waters, to see first-hand the effects of arctic climate change.
One expedition sailed across the top of Russia, a journey of 6000 nautical miles through the Northeast Passage, while another made a west to east transit of the Northwest Passage, also by sailing boat, a journey of about 7,000 nautical miles.
In June 2008, 18 young adults from 9 countries participated in a ten-day expedition that took them along the coast of Svalbard and taught them about climate change science and the global feedback effects associated with rising Arctic temperatures.