Arctic Oil and Gas
The Arctic could hold some of the world's largest remaining untapped oil and gas reserves. Sustainability must be prioritized over exploitation in the Arctic because the implications are global.
WWF statement on new shipping guidelines to protect the Bering Strait region
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted new voluntary measures this week aimed at protecting the Bering Strait and Sea from potentially devastating oil spills due to shipping accidents.Read more
Why it matters
Significant oil reserves lie offshore, in the Arctic's shallow and biologically productive shelf seas.
Oil spills from blowouts, pipeline leaks or shipping accidents pose a tremendous risk to Arctic ecosystems. Marine ecosystems are particularly vulnerable.