In response to today’s announcement from the National Snow and Ice Data Center that 2014 Arctic sea ice extent reached its sixth-lowest level on record, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Lou Leonard, vice president for climate change:

“Today’s news is a stark reminder to international leaders attending tomorrow’s UN Climate Summit in New York. Climate change is here, and now is the time for bold steps to address it.

“We are witnessing a slow-motion catastrophe in the Arctic. As this ice dwindles, the Arctic will experience some of the most dramatic changes our generation has ever witnessed. This loss will impact the annual migration of wildlife through the region, threaten the long-term health of walrus and polar bear populations, and change the lives of those who rely on the Arctic ecosystem for their way of life.”

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