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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

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

Our changing relationship with polar bears

Climate change is pushing polar bears into cities in search of food.

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Predicting tipping points in the Arctic

Picturing life in a warmer, climate-altered Arctic is far from straightforward. As the Far North heats up more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, it’s easy to imagine that, in the future, plants and animals to the south will merely march northward together as an orderly group: nature on Baffin Island in a few decades, say, might resemble nature found in northern Quebec today. It’s not that simple.

Published 17 June 2021

NEWS

The numbers do not add up for new Arctic oil and gas

This past week, we have heard multiple voices about the ever-increasing bad business of investing in fossil fuels.  If we are to limit the global temperature rise and halt the already devastating effects of climate change, a complete global energy system overhaul is required: away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. This is especially relevant in the Arctic.

Published 15 October 2021

From The Circle

Let's keep it frozen

Thawing permafrost is already making things difficult for people and species in the Arctic. But as TOM ARNBOM writes, if thawing continues and causes the release of methane from the ground, the climate crisis will escalate dramatically and we will feel the effects globally.