Arctic

Person on dog sled surrounded by ice and snow (© Martin Zwick/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

What is Arctic diplomacy and why does it matter?

The U.S. is working with partners on the Arctic Council to address climate change and the changing environment in the Arctic region.
Two men sitting in chairs with flags between them (© Saul Loeb/AP Images)

United States is a committed partner in the Arctic

The United States is working with Arctic partners to ensure a peaceful, prosperous and environmentally healthy future for the region.
Ship on water seen in distance through trees (U.S. Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow)

U.S. Coast Guard’s Polar Star docks after Arctic research

Working with its partners, the U.S. Coast Guard is training the next generation of Arctic sailors and helping to ensure a secure, rules-based Arctic Region.
Ship floating in water filled with floating ice (© Devin Powell/NOAA/AP Images)

U.S. focuses on ‘emerging challenges’ in Arctic

The United States joined the seven other Arctic nations at a gathering to strengthen cooperation and ensure the Arctic region remains free of conflict.
School of fish swimming in ocean (© Arterra Picture Library/Alamy)

Nations band together to conserve fish in central Arctic Ocean

A 16-year moratorium on commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean is one tool to protect the Arctic and its resources.
Passengers on deck watching as cruise ship sails into clear bay surrounded by mountains (Shutterstock)

Alaska’s wilderness lures visitors from around the globe

Tourists from around the world are increasingly traveling to Alaska, and it’s easy to see why: to experience nature in its wildest majesty.
People crouching inside glacier cave (Arctic Council Secretariat/Linnea Nordström)

U.S. hands chairmanship of Arctic Council to Finland [video]

The nations and peoples of the Arctic have been meeting regularly for the past 20 years. Next stop is Alaska, where the U.S. will pass the gavel to Finland.
Animals on a mountain and under the water

For Earth Day, a free poster

On Earth Day, April 22, celebrate the many species of wildlife that make the Earth's polar regions their home. This free poster is available for printing.
Frog poking its head out from clump of Azolla ferns (Nigel Cattlin/Alamy Stock Photo)

Can this tiny fern save the world — again?

Scientists are trying to learn more about Azolla, a plant that might help reduce man-made climate change — but there are some challenges.