Millenia of evolution have prepared Arctic species like the polar bear, walrus and narwhal for life on and around the sea ice. Now their habitat is radically shifting in a matter of decades.
A tale of two bears in a changing Arctic
Here on the Barents Sea, polar bears are experiencing the fastest loss of sea ice recorded throughout the Arctic.Read more
Why it matters
Because of climate change, ice cover is changing rapidly, in both extent and thickness, and shrinking far too quickly for these species to adapt.
Our work focuses on species that symbolise the health of ecosystems, are especially important for Arctic peoples, and face a high level of threat.
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Meet the team
Majestic creature of the far north, the polar bear is the world's largest terrestrial carnivore. Its Latin name, Ursus maritimus, means 'sea bear': an apt name for this amazing species which spends much of its life in, around, or on the water - predominantly on the sea ice.
The walrus is easily recognised by its sheer size and magnificent tusks. It is a keystone species in Arctic marine ecosystems. The walrus was once threatened by commercial hunting, but today the biggest danger it faces is climate change.