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

2019 Conservation Wins for the Arctic

Let’s take a moment to look back on some big wins from 2019.

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2019 conservation wins for the Arctic

2019 is coming to an end and it’s time to look back and assess the progress we made this year.

Published 23 December 2019

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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.