Arctic Climate Change
We can't negotiate the melting point of ice

World leaders must act at COP26

To limit global warming to within 1.5°C and slow down the devastating impacts on Arctic, world leaders must take definitive action at COP26. The Arctic cannot wait for 2050 net-zero emissions targets.

There must be action now.

World leaders can negotiate emissions targets, but they can't negotiate the melting point of ice. At COP26, the Arctic Programme urges world leaders to commit to reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 - for the Arctic and the planet.

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Why is this such a critical time - for the Arctic and the planet?

The clock is ticking when it comes to limiting global heating to within 1.5°C. We only have a few years left to take decisive action.

If we push global heating above 1.5°C, the Arctic will experience more extensive melting of permafrost and sea ice loss. This in turn will also impact global weather patterns and the global climate. Warming above 1.5°C will also be catastrophic for Arctic species.

It is crucial that during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), being held in Glasgow, Scotland from 31 October - 12 November 2021, countries commit to reducing emissions.


WWF Arctic Programme to co-host:
50% Reductions by 2030 for 1.5°C: No Negotiating with the World’s Ice

Date and time: 3 November 2021 from 9:30-10:30 GMT.
Learn more and register.

Other Arctic-related events

1 November @ 15:30-16:30 GMT - Nature-Climate-People: tales from across the ocean
6 November @ 9:30-10:30 GMT - The future of the ocean and cryosphere in our hands

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Press release: Mountain and Polar groups seek urgent COP26 decision

Climate talks lack knowledge of the permanent global impacts from glacier and ice sheet loss, they say, and this must change.

Guest blog: Our time to act is running out

What is the cryosphere? And why must we act now?
By Pam Pearson, Director, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI)

Putting a lid on methane emissions - before it's too late

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that warms the atmosphere 28-34 times more than carbon dioxide. The good news is that Global Methane Pledge is on the table at COP26.



Ahead of the World Leader's Summit at COP26 on November 1st and 2nd, we are calling on our Twitter and Instagram followers to make their voices heard about the climate action they would like to see.

Right click to save an image above. Tell your country's leader that you want to see climate action at COP26. Tag @wwf_arctic and #CantNegotiateWithIce.