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Two views on an Arctic cruise

If you want a safe, climate-conscious vacation stay close to home rather than cruising the Arctic, says one observer. Meanwhile those who hope to benefit from such cruises say careful advance planning is needed.

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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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What’s new with the Svalbard bears?

Since 2003, WWF has partnered with the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) to track Svalbard polar bears by satellite. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, rapidly altering the sea ice that polar bears depend upon. This research helps scientists understand how polar bears are adapting to changing ice conditions. You […]

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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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