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Icebreakers and ice breeding seals

Arctic shippers view sea ice as something to be avoided, or where necessary to be broken up to allow ships access. For Arctic wildlife, the ice is a place to use to rest, feed, and give birth. What happens when icebreaker meets ice-dependent species?

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The dirtiest fuel

What’s thick, sticky, and could have devastating local effects if spilled in the Arctic? The answer is heavy fuel oil (HFO) a shipping fuel used extensively in the Arctic.

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Thinking like ecosystems

Ecosystems may not think, at least not in the way that most people would recognize thinking, but people as essential elements of natural systems do think – and need to think more about how they affect natural systems, and how those natural systems in turn affect them back.

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Toward strategic, coherent, policy-relevant Arctic science

This editorial by Clive Tesar, Marc-Andre Dubois, and Alexander Shestakov of the WWF Arctic Programe originally appeared in Science issue 6306. Later this month, government science officials from Arctic and other nations will be in Washington, DC, invited by the White House to the first ever Arctic Science Ministerial meeting. The event is framed as a response to […]

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Options for Arctic marine cooperation: the WWF vision

This article originally appeared in The Circle 02.16. The rapidly changing Arctic faces new challenges. Therefore, new approaches to marine governance are needed to ensure the sustainability of the entire region and a healthy Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Council (AC) is evolving from a science dialogue forum to policy shaping regional instrument. Improving the implementation […]

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The evolution of the Arctic Council and the Arctic Council System

International interest in the Arctic increased spectacularly between 2004-2008. This was due to a number of events including the 2004 Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, the dramatic Arctic sea-ice loss in 2007 and Russia planting its flag on the geographical North Pole’s deep sea-bed that same year. As Erik Molenaar writes, the flag planting triggered a […]

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