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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

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Tundra to tropics: Flyway cooperation for Arctic-breeding species

Many different bird species migrate to the Arctic to breed—and some are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and other environmental hazards.

Published 11 October 2019


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

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