Rod Downie
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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.

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Declining Arctic Sea Ice Forces Thousands of Walrus Ashore

(1) Comments | Posted 19 September 2013 | (14:10)

Last weekend, David Rose (Mail on Sunday) misleadingly reported on 'global cooling' and growing Arctic sea ice. [http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2013/sep/19/climate-change-arctic-ice-sixth-lowest-in-millennia].

In fact, Arctic sea ice has declined to the sixth-lowest extent on record this month. As a result, a growing number of walruses--up to 4,000 at one location...

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Arctic Sea Ice in Long-term Decline

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2013 | (15:21)

Arctic sea ice is rapidly approaching its summer minimum, before the winter freeze sets in. Even towards the North Pole, the ice has been reported to be unusually patchy. But it is highly unlikely to reach its 2012 record-breaking low of 1.32 million square miles (18% below the previous record)....

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1.32 Million Reasons to Tackle Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted 21 September 2012 | (15:25)

1.32 million - remember that number. It sounds big, except when it's describing Arctic sea ice: 1.32 million square miles is actually a new low point for Arctic ice - the smallest sea ice extent ever recorded in the Arctic since accurate measurements were made possible by satellites 30 years...

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Arctic Sea Ice Breaks Record Low

(0) Comments | Posted 29 August 2012 | (09:46)

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© NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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...

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Robert Falcon Scott's South Pole Legacy: 100 Years on

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2012 | (23:00)

"Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have laboured to it without the reward of priority."

Such were the sentiments of Capt Robert Falcon Scott exactly 100 years ago today, as he reached the geographic South Pole, having followed in the sledge tracks of...

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There Can Be No Doubt, the Arctic and Antarctica Are Warming Rapidly

(9) Comments | Posted 6 December 2011 | (23:00)

With consistently huge viewing figures - the opening two episodes alone drumming up 12 million viewers each - the BBC's Frozen Planet has captured the nation's imagination. It's not hard to see why - from jousting narwhals and synchronised killer whale hunts to men scaling vertigo-inducing cliffs in pursuit of...

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