The Circle

Arctic biodiversity in the spotlight

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Trawling poses a particular threat to the immobile and long-lived seafloor organisms that are an integral part of the marine ecosystem.

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The 2018 Arctic Biodiversity Congress takes place this October in Finland. The goal? To enhance the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity by promoting dialogue among scientists, Indigenous peoples, policy-makers, government officials, industry, students and civil society.

In this issue of the Circle, we talk to participants about safeguarding the Arctic’s precious biodiversity.

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Jamie K. Reaser

Putting the freeze on invasive alien species

Invasive alien species in the Arctic may affect our food, water, infrastructure, health and safety, cultural identities, livelihoods, economies and even military readiness.

Varvara Semenova

An updated look at polar bears in the Russian Arctic

Conserving polar bears against the backdrop of a changing environment and increasing economic activity requires further studies aimed at helping us develop and apply measures to ensure their long-term survival.


Tasha Elizarde, Julia Lynge Ezekiassen

Giving youth a voice in the Arctic’s future

Nineteen-year-old Tasha Elizarde from Juneau, Alaska and 24-year-old Julia Lynge Ezekiassen from Nuuk, Greenland may live thousands of kilometres apart, but they share a common desire: ensuring youth have a voice in the Arctic’s future.

Ytterstad, Nordland, Norway

Acidification: Winners, losers and ecosystem impacts

The fastest rates of ocean acidification in the world have been detected in the Arctic Ocean.

Berardo62 / Wikimedia Commons

Regulating oil and gas development in the Canadian Arctic

The consequences of an uncontrolled spill or major shipping accident in Canada's Arctic would be catastrophic.

Arctic Council

Will the Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation deliver?

The profound changes that have already come to the Arctic—and the prospect of even more significant changes in the future—have prompted Arctic nations and peoples to reassess the international arrangements they created to help them respond and adapt to such changes. / Martha Holmes / WWF

The extensive repertoire of bowhead whales

Virtually all mammals use sound to communicate, but very few produce intricate songs.

The Circle is a magazine produced by the WWF Global Arctic Programme. Our goal is to inform decision-makers, scientists and the interested public about Arctic environmental and development issues.
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