This 5.4 million square miles area is among most spectacular places in the world covered by its unique landscapes and wildlife.
The Arctic Ocean effects people living in the arctic area one way or another. About 4 million people have adapted to its cold and extreme conditions and since most of them are relying on the ocean’s bounty, livelihood for some of these people is endangered in the future.
Even though Arctic Ocean is facing threats in oil development and shipping traffic, the climate change is single major threat to the Arctic. Climate crisis and global warming has anchored itself strictly in the Arctic, and shows no signs of easing over the long-term. By recent studies of the Economic Times, ice flows have been melting faster than average rates observed over the last three decades. This also means that seasonal ice is melting faster, which is habitat for many arctic animals, like polar bears.
The Ocean Conservancy has been one of the leading institutions when it comes to protecting the Arctic Ocean. As an organization, they strongly rely decisions on science-based solutions to ensure healthy and clean Arctic waters. Ocean Conservancy has been working with International Maritime, which requires necessary resources to bring their stake avoiding for example offshore oil drilling.
Conservancy is also working actively with the Arctic nations and other permanent participants at the Arctic Council bringing up the need for international protections towards the Arctic Ocean.