Whales in hot waterThis report The Impact of a Changing Climate on Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises: A Call for Action published by the WWF Global Species Programme and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society highlights the growing impacts of climate change on cetaceans. They range from changes in sea temperature and the freshening of the seawater because of the melting of ice and increased rainfalls, to sea level rise, loss of icy polar habitats and the decline of krill populations, in key areas.

Accelerating climate change adds significantly to disturbances from other human activities, such as chemical and noise pollution, collisions with ships and entanglement in fishing nets, which kills some 1,000 cetaceans every day.

Author: Wendy Elliott, WWF Global Species Programme
Editor: Mark Simmonds, WDCS Director of Science
Published May 2007
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