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A New Deal for 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

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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

US lawmakers have a chance to protect Arctic Refuge

New legislation in the US Congress right now regarding protecting Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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US lawmakers have a chance to stop oil and gas drilling in the US Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

This spring the US government issued an opinion about oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge saying there’s no reason to stop it. It’s a decision WWF saw coming but one that science tells us we cannot accept.

Published 4 August 2020

NEWS

Norway to choose profit over the planet in Marginal Ice Zone decision

Updated, June 18, 2020, OSLO, NORWAY - A majority of Norway’s parliament is expected to vote against scientific advice next week in a decision that will reject greater protection of one of the world’s most important biological hotspots. Instead, Norway’s politicians have chosen to support the oil and gas lobby and allow for continued exploration in the Barents Sea.

Published 9 June 2020

From The Circle

Building a sustainable Blue Economy in northern communities

In Canada’s eastern Arctic, fish harvesters are combining traditional knowledge with cutting-edge technology to bring much-needed economic opportunities to their communities. Doug Chiasson explains how WWF–Canada is working with harvesters in the northern Canadian communities of Arviat, Sanikiluaq and Kinngait to build renewable commercial fisheries.