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.
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Protecting the ice bear
Spring is a particularly important time for polar bears. Polar bear mothers emerge hungry from their snow dens with their young cubs after fasting for four months. They need to hunt and replenish their energy quickly so they can continue to nurse their cubs. But as climate change continues to warm the Arctic, sea ice melts earlier in the summer and forms later in the fall.
Published 21 February 2020
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
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.