Rod Downie is the Polar Policy and Programme manager at WWF-UK. He joined the organisation having spent 14 years at British Antarctica Survey working on environmental management and policy. He has also been part of the UK delegation on the Antarctica treaty consultative meetings for nearly a decade.
To coincide with the sea ice minimum, the UK Environmental Audit Committee today released a hard-hitting report from their inquiry into the UK's role in protecting the Arctic. We contributed substantially to this process, providing written and oral evidence.
On Sunday, the Arctic sea ice hit its lowest extent since consistent satellite records began three decades ago. And it is predicted to continue to shrink towards the end of September, according to <a href="http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003900/a003977/] and the National Snow and Ice Data Center [http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/" target="_hplink">NASA</a>.
It's a matter of record that Scott and his men were not the first to reach the pole. But arguably, his was a far greater 'reward' - an incredible legacy of science and conservation which has endured and flourished for a century.
For the millions of people who've watched and enjoyed <em>Frozen Planet</em>, this final episode may leave them with a clearer understanding of the very real threat that climate change poses to our beautiful and fragile polar regions.
07/12/2011 06:45 GMT
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