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The Arctic

Consisting of deep ocean covered by drifting pack ice and surrounded by continents and archipelagos around the Earth's North Pole, the Arctic is the planet's largest and least fragmented inhabited region.

Why the Arctic matters

Home to millions
Warming faster than anywhere else in the world
Global interest is growing as ice melts
Eight countries, global significance
Vast resources are becoming available

Breeding and nesting in Arctic wetlands

Many bird species journey across the world to breed in Arctic wetlands

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Protecting the ice bear

Spring is a particularly important time for polar bears. Polar bear mothers emerge hungry from their snow dens with their young cubs after fasting for four months. They need to hunt and replenish their energy quickly so they can continue to nurse their cubs. But as climate change continues to warm the Arctic, sea ice melts earlier in the summer and forms later in the fall.

Published 21 February 2020


Arctic Youth Take-over

Are you 30 years old or younger and passionate about the Arctic? Then join the youth take-over of The Circle magazine. WWF is looking for young activists, innovators, leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers to contribute to our next issue of The Circle - WWF Arctic Programme’s quarterly magazine.

Published 16 January 2020

From The Circle

Bringing a little green to Longyearbyen all year round

Longyearbyen, Svalbard is the world’s northernmost town. Although it’s part of Norway, all 46 nations that have signed the Svalbard treaty have rights there. But Longyearbyen is unique for other reasons. For three months of the year, it has sunshine 24 hours a day—followed by another three months of total darkness in winter, when it is a desolate landscape of fjords, snow and ice.