Record low for Arctic sea ice; Record high for summer heat

WWF calls for global leadership on climate change

TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - In response to announcements that this summer was the hottest on record globally and that we are now witnessing the fourth lowest recording ever of minimum sea ice extent in the Arctic, WWF-Canada released the following statement from David Miller, President and CEO.

"Nearly every day now we see or hear about impacts that are the result of a rapidly changing climate. This week's announcements of record-breaking summer heat and extremely low Arctic sea ice, are stark reminders of the need for us to speed up our response to climate change.

Hotter summers and receding Arctic ice are already causing major changes to ecosystems, species and people – and that is especially true in the North where climate change is happening at a faster rate. One clear example of these changes is the increased presence of killer whales in the Canadian Arctic Ocean. Until recently, killer whales were a rare sight in the Arctic, as their dorsal fins make swimming among heavy sea ice virtually impossible. Today, killer whales are an increasingly regular sight in parts of the Arctic, indicating how climate change is now driving rapid changes to the whole characteristic of northern marine ecosystems.

In the face of these ever-increasing, deeply concerning changes, we need strong leadership and bold, firm and effective actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid further risks to people, the Arctic and the entire planet. At this year's UN climate negotiations in Paris we need leaders to come together and agree to take bold action, now."


Image with caption: "Killer whales (Orcinus orca) surfacing in Prince William Sound, Alaska, United States. (c) Scott Dickerson / WWF-US (CNW Group/WWF-Canada)". Image available at:

For further information: Rebecca Spring, Communications Specialist, WWF-Canada,, +1 647-338-6274


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