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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

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Stories

Polar bear assessment brings both good and troubling news

Last month, the Polar Bear Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released a new assessment of polar bears. The findings reveal the most up-to-date information for polar bear populations.

Published 18 November 2019

NEWS

A new protected area in Russia

One of the last, untouched areas of European forest is being protected in the Arkhangelsk Region of Russia.

Published 9 October 2019

From The Circle

Is this Arctic seabird the “canary in the coalmine”?

Cooper Island, a 4-mile slice of sand and gravel off the coast of the northern tip of Alaska, is home to the region’s biggest colony of Mandt’s black guillemots. The pigeon-sized seabird feeds on Arctic cod and breeds near sea ice off the island from June to September.