Oct 29, 2009
Arctic Council – The 2009 Arctic Report Cards was released last week. The yearly report shows the state of the Arctic right now. Some of the main findings are that the high arctic fauna is impacted by the loss of sea ice. It is observed that there are reduced survival rates for some Polar Bears populations and Walruses are seen on land in new areas and in unusually large numbers. It is also observed that many wild Caribou herds are in decline
The report cards are a collaboration between NOAA and the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP) and provide a summary of the latest state and trends of various elements of the Arctic system. The CBMP solicits, compiles and edits the biology section of the report cards.
View NOAA and CBMP Report:
- Website: Arctic Report Card
- Downloads: Full Arctic Report Card (2009), and Printable Handout, PDF.
- Summary: State of Wild Reindeer Herds (Oct 19, 2009).
- Science Daily: “Changing Arctic Affecting Air, Ocean, And Everything In Between” (Nov. 06, 2009).