Arctic

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.
Person with boat in water at sunset (© AP Images)

Haunting melodies can help you hear climate change [video]

Music has always been a useful tool to raise awareness and prompt action on important issues, and global warming is no different. Listen to these sounds.
Beluga whales swimming (© AP Images)

Webcam whale research buoyed by viewers around the world

Scientists are crowdsourcing data to learn more about beluga whales, their social behaviors and how their environment is affected by climate change.
Close-up of Matthew Henson in fur coat and hood (Library of Congress)

Who is this pioneering Arctic explorer?

One of the first people to stand on top of the world "challenged the world's perceptions of what people of color were capable of achieving."