The Circle

What happens after 1.5°C?

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In this issue

In this issue of The Circle, we bring you a range of voices and stories from different fields and areas of the Arctic.

Climate change is pushing the world into an unknown state. That means we need to push ourselves to create new coalitions and ways of cooperating among researchers, civil society, governments and the public to openly discuss our options, explore the trade-offs, and find a sustainable way forward. We will have difficult conversations about controversial solutions and may need to establish new governance structures as a result.

The Arctic is the largest undisturbed natural area on Earth. Building resilience and adaptation for its people and protecting and conserving the landscape and wildlife of this unique area are urgent tasks. We must take up the challenge.

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Global Warming Images / WWF

Thawing permafrost

No one knows for sure what the impact of thawing permafrost will be, but many experts predict a tipping point.

Robin Loznak

There goes my town

Thawing permafrost is destabilizing communities across the North


Is climate change threatening the Saami way of life?

Snow plays a central role in the Saami way of life and reindeer herding culture

Wild Wonders of Europe / Munier / WWF

Ice-age relics

What muskoxen can tell us about emerging wildlife diseases in the Arctic

Richard Barrett / WWF-UK

The Grim Reaper of the Arctic Ocean

We are facing progressive extinction in our oceans

Harmut Jungius / WWF

The importance of snow

Vanishing snow cover challenges Arctic tundra species’ survival

Anders Tukler

What does it take to be a climate-friendly city?

We asked Erik Pelling, the mayor of Uppsala, Sweden, how his city has tried to reduce its environmental footprint and what advice he might have for cities that have similar objectives.

Arni Saeberg / Climeworks / The Helena Group Foundation

Can carbon removal save us?

The Paris climate accord commitments cannot be achieved simply by reducing carbon emissions.

WWF / Henry Harrison

Turning down Earth’s thermostat with solar geoengineering

As our planet warms, scientists are searching for ways to cool it. One experimental idea is to interfere with how sunlight reaches the Earth.

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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