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Left out in the cold
COVID-19 green stimulus and jobs in the Arctic
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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

Introducing ArcNet

ArcNet—an Arctic Ocean Network of Priority Areas for Conservation

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2020 Conservation Wins for the Arctic

2020 has not been easy for anyone, including the Arctic, which faced heatwaves, wildfires and record low sea ice levels. But there have also been some global conservation wins for the Arctic this year that we can certainly take a moment to celebrate.

Published 16 December 2020


COVID-19 stimulus packages have negative impact on the Arctic

Arctic countries are injecting US$3.5 trillion into COVID-19 fiscal stimulus programs, but little of that money appears to support Arctic communities according to a new study released today by WWF’s Arctic Programme. Left out in the cold: COVID-19 green stimulus and jobs in the Arctic, examines the environmental impacts of Arctic countries’ COVID-19 stimulus packages and finds that they have largely failed to pave the way for sustainable long-term development or green job creation in this vulnerable part of the world.

Published 26 January 2021

From The Circle

Underwater noise regulation: Time for Arctic coastal states to get on board

The Arctic’s underwater soundscape signals life. The calls and songs of walrus, bearded seals, narwhals and bowhead whales are bizarrely beautiful and almost otherworldly to our human ears. But for marine mammals, sending and receiving sound underwater is an essential part of life: they use it to find food and mates, avoid predators and navigate the deep, dark, ice-covered Arctic Ocean.