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The Circle: Resilience 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

Oceans and Cryosphere: IPCC Special Report

What happens in the Arctic, doesn't stay in the Arctic.

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Where we work

What's new


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


Breaking the Ice, COP25 Panel hosted by the WWF Arctic Programme

This coming Thursday, December 12, WWF’s Arctic Programme will host a panel at COP25, exploring how to bring young scientists and Indigenous youth to the decision-making table in the Arctic.

Published 10 December 2019

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.