Climate Change Impacts on Arctic Wildlife

by Inga Yandell

It is now very evident that the temperatures in the Arctic are warming due to climate change, with a resulting impact on sea ice. Over the past 100 years, average Arctic temperatures have increased at almost twice the global average rate.

An earlier break-up and melting of the Arctic sea ice in the spring and a later freeze up in winter leaves the sea unfrozen for a longer period of time. The shorter season of the temporary sea ice is now impacting on several species of Arctic animals – including polar bears and Arctic foxes, which need the sea ice to hunt, and walruses, which use sea ice as a resting and hunting platform. For polar bears, the reduction in sea ice is now considered to be a major threat to their survival in more southerly areas of the Arctic. Ice seals are also being badly affected, since they use the sea ice for raising their young and two seal species are now considered at risk of becoming endangered.

This set of short briefings shows that loss of sea ice habitat in the Arctic is already causing major problems for some Arctic species.

Download the Greenpeace report: Climate Change Impacts on Arctic Wildlife

Visit the Campaign website: ‘Save the Arctic’

Learn more about life in the Arctic: Polar Bears International – Conservation Research and Education

Go on an Adventure in the Arctic: To the Arctic: Book, Campaign and IMAX Documentary Adventure

About the Book: In this extra large-format (15” x 10”) panoramic photo essay—the official companion book to the new IMAX® film TO THE ARCTIC (3D) from Warner Bros. Pictures, MacGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX Corporation—award-winning nature photographer Florian Schulz takes readers on a personal journey to the remote-yet-vibrant Arctic. From expansive aerials of the rich reds and golds of the summer tundra and stark landscapes of ice, underwater glimpses of beluga whale pods and baby seals, to up-close and intimately personal portraits of a mother polar bear and her young cubs—Schulz’s range of imagery, accompanied by his personal fieldwork stories, explores the remarkable diversity and drama of life in the Arctic.

About the Campaign: Not only will the book be available as a film keepsake but its imagery will also be used to help build awareness of the Arctic Home campaign, recently launched by Coca-Cola in partnership with World Wildlife Fund. This effort is aimed at raising awareness and funds to support WWF’s conservation efforts to protect Arctic polar bears and their habitat. Footage from TO THE ARCTIC can be seen in Coca-Cola’s Arctic Home advertisements and on the Arctic Home website.

About the Film: Narrated by three time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, TO THE ARCTIC (3D) takes audiences on a once in a lifetime experience into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven month old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Arctic the film provides a persuasive argument for preserving the rapidly diminishing Arctic ice. The stunning 3D footage reveals an intimate look at the family’s struggle to survive in a frigid environment – from melting ice, immense glaciers to spectacular waterfalls and majestic snow- bound peaks.

School Holiday Special: This school holidays IMAX Darling Harbour is offering special pricing for cinema goers seeing two IMAX 3D films in the one day. With a saving of over 30% on regular ticket pricing, Sydneysiders can view TO THE ARCTIC (3D) along with IMAX films including THE LAST REEF 3D, BORN TO BE WILD and SEA REX offering the perfectly priced school holiday day out for the whole family.

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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