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51,314. It’s in the Arctic that the effects of global warming are most evident. (Climate Science & Arctic) Professors Iain Stewart & Kathy Sykes, Future Earth
51,341. This is the largest ice shelf in the Arctic – the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf – it just cracked in half three years ago. (Climate Science & Arctic) Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth
51,342. The ice cap – it has diminished by forty per cent in fifty years. And now there are two major studies showing that within the next fifty to seventy years in summertime it will be completely gone. (Climate Science & Arctic) ibid.
51,883. Over one third of our planet is frozen. And yet the icy worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic are as alien to most of us as the surface of another planet. They are places of superlatives, from ice caps that hold nearly 80% of our planet’s fresh water to frozen forests that encircle the entire globe. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctic) David Attenborough, Frozen Planet I, BBC 2011
51,884. Arctic: there’s no sun here at all for half the year. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
51,885. And yet the greatest challenge to life here is not the cold but the extreme swings between the seasons. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
51,886. Now is a race to breed before the sun departs. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
51,887. Short-tailed shearwaters have travelled ten thousand miles from Australia to be here. Eighteen million visitors darken the skies, the largest gathering of sea-birds on the planet. Humpback whales have come all the way from the Equator to feed in these rich polar waters. (Animals & Arctic & Birds & Whales) ibid.
51,888. The good times will be very short. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
51,898. The sun is absent for up to half a year in the polar regions. When it returns at the beginning of spring its warmth will transform this magical ice-world. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctica & Sun) David Attenborough, Frozen Planet II: Spring
51,901. A female polar bear emerges from her den beneath the snow … Three young cubs. (Animals & Polar Bear & Arctic) ibid.
51,902. The elephant seals have arrived. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctica & Seal) ibid.
51,904. Summer’s riches will not last. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctica) David Attenborough, Frozen Planet III: Summer
51,905. Times are harder for the wolves here in the high Arctic. (Animals & Arctic & Wolf) ibid.
51,908. Early autumn in the Canadian Arctic and polar bears are gathering on the coastal strip waiting for the sea to freeze. (Animals & Arctic & Polar Bear) David Attenborough, Frozen Planet IV: Autumn
51,909. Belugas: the white whales of the north. (Animals & Arctic & Whale) ibid.
51,911. Millions of summer visitors are beginning to return south. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
51,912. It’s surprising just how sociable polar bears can be. (Animals & Arctic & Polar Bear) ibid.
51,913. Autumn can be a particularly savage and unpredictable time. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctic) ibid.
51,917. The polar winter – this is the planet at its most hostile. Those that stay here at this time must face the harshest conditions on Earth. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctic) David Attenborough, Frozen Planet V: Winter
51,918. Winter brings a devastatingly destructive force: frost. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctic) ibid.
51,920. Many animals here are remarkably long-lived. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctic) ibid.
51,921. The Arctic is rich in coal, oil and minerals. (Animals & Arctic) David Attenborough, Frozen Planet VI: The Last Frontier
51,922. Most of the Arctic remains empty of human beings. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
51,923. Reindeer are one of the few animals that can endure these bitterly cold conditions. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
51,924. These hundred-metre high cliffs are home to thousands of Guillemots. (Animals & Arctic & Birds) ibid.
51,925. The men are totally dependent on the stamina of their dogs. (Animals & Arctic & Dogs) ibid.
51,927. Sometime within the next few decades perhaps as soon as 2020 there will be open water here. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctic) David Attenborough, Frozen Planet VII: On Thin Ice
51,928. September 1980: since then there’s been a 30% drop of the area covered by ice. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctic) ibid.
51,929. To the naked eye glaciers don’t appear to move at all. (Animals & Arctic & Antarctic & Glacier) ibid.
51,940. Spirals are common in the natural world … The narwhal lives in the cold waters of the Arctic Sea. (Animals & Arctic) Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities: A Curious Twist
51,941. It’s not a horn at all; it’s an enormous canine tooth. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
52,126. This is one of the coldest places on Earth – the high Arctic ... There are animals that live here all the time. (Mammals & Animals & Arctic) David Attenborough, The Life of Mammals I: A Winning Design, BBC 2002
52,254. The great grey owl hunts in the Arctic ... The owl listens for its victims. (Birds & Animals & Arctic) David Attenborough, The Life of Birds V: Fishing for a Living
63,594. A few miles from the coast the ice is already splitting. Now the mother can start hunting for the seals they must have but she’s leading her cubs into a dangerous new world. Nearly half of all cubs die in their first year out on the ice. (Arctic & Polar Bear) David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Pole to Pole
63,595. The polar bear cubs emerge from the den in which they were born. Their mother stretches her legs after five months under the snow. They are just two months old and instinctively follow her lead. (Arctic & Polar Bear) David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Ice Worlds
63,596. As the ice disappears, sea birds return to the high Arctic. (Arctic & Polar Bear) ibid.
63,597. At the height of summer the sun never sets. (Arctic & Polar Bear) ibid.
70,893. The polar bear’s world is literally melting away. (Earth & Polar Bear & Arctic) Attenborough Explores ... Our ... Fragile World
70,894. The Arctic winter is becoming tougher for the caribou. (Earth & Arctic) ibid.
52,918. One of the most hostile bodies of water on the planet – the icy wastes of the Arctic Ocean. The water-temperature hovers around zero. (Ocean & Sea & Arctic) Oceans VIII: Arctic Ocean
52,919. The smallest and shallowest of the five main oceans. (Ocean & Sea & Arctic) ibid.
52,920. It’s heating up twice and fast as anywhere else on Earth. (Ocean & Sea & Arctic) ibid.
52,921. The polar bear is the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore. (Ocean & Sea & Arctic & Polar Bear) ibid.
52,922. There are about thirty [Beluga whales] swimming around the boat. (Ocean & Sea & Arctic & Whale) ibid.
94,472. The high Arctic in winter. One of the toughest places on Earth in which to live. Only three top predators are able to survive here: the Wolf ... the Arctic Fox ... and out on the sea ice the Polar Bear. (Animals & Arctic) David Attenborough, The Hunt II: In the Grip of the Seasons
94,473. Adult hares may be easy to spot but they're far from easy to catch. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
94,474. Once the seal is in the water it’s as good as lost. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
94,475. Thousands of chicks will take this leap ... The majority make it to the water. (Animals & Arctic) ibid.
63,598. The North Pole: majestic, wild, disputed ... A hundred years ago the Pole was at the centre of a bitter dispute between the two men who claimed to have got there first: Dr Frederick A Cook and Robert E Peary. These gentlemen rivals indulged in the most vicious mudslinging in the history of exploration. Until Robert E Peary finally came out the winner. But today his own records cast doubt on his claims. (Arctic & Exploration) North Pole Conspiracy
63,599. We need to save the Arctic not because of the polar bears, and not because it is the most beautiful place in the world, but because our very survival depends upon it. Lewis Gordon Pugh
63,600. In the Arctic, things are already getting freaky. Temperatures have warmed three times faster than the global average. (Arctic & Climate Science) Jeff Goodell