The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, fundamentally altering both human communities and natural systems. Retreating sea ice is not only restructuring Arctic ecosystems, it is also permitting new industrial access for commercial fishing, offshore energy and commercial shipping on a scale never seen before.
To protect life in the Arctic, we must build conservation solutions that address the rapidly changing Arctic environment. At the same time, we must work to lower carbon emissions that are the major cause of global warming.
Pew promotes science- and community-based conservation of the Arctic waters in the United States, Canada, and Greenland, and between nations in the international Arctic.
Our program advocates scientifically sound policies consistent with indigenous land claims and traditional practices in the following areas: