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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

Tatyana Minenko, the polar bear patrol chief

In the coastal village of Ryrkaipiy, Russia, wildlife dominates.

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Tatyana Minenko, the polar bear patrol chief

Millions of years of evolution have prepared Arctic species, including polar bears and walrus, for life on sea ice. As the sea ice they depend upon disappears, polar bears have become a more common sight in Arctic communities, bringing them into greater conflict with people.

Published 24 March 2020


Polar bear countries must do more to keep polar bears and people safe: Range States meet in Norway March 4-6, 2020

The governments of Canada, Greenland/Kingdom of Denmark, Norway, Russia and the US will meet in Svalbard this week to discuss their continuing cooperation to conserve and protect polar bears against the threat of climate change. WWF’s Arctic Programme has been invited to participate in the meeting of the five Range States (the countries where polar bear populations live).

Published 2 March 2020

From The Circle

We need to stop putting off difficult decisions

Canadian climate activist Emma Lim details the frustration youth feel in the face of constant delays on climate crisis action by the world’s decision-makers.