It’s a place of indescribable natural beauty.
It’s the Arctic home of three-quarters of the planet’s narwhal and a place where millions of seabirds arrive in summer to raise their young. It is part of the Last Ice Area, the one Arctic region expected to retain its summer sea ice until 2050.
And it’s finally protected.
Undersea noise pollution - from oil and gas exploration, ships, and other industrial sources - makes it difficult for whales to find each other. It can even damage their hearing.
There used to be an estimated 20,000 – 25,000 polar bears, but that estimate has been updated to 22,000 – 31,000. Does this mean there are more polar bears now? Probably not - we just have more precise information to estimate the number of bears globally.