America's Arctic, one of the most beautiful and extreme places on Earth, includes parts of Alaska and the Beaufort, Chukchi, and Bering seas. For thousands of years, inhabitants have depended on the region's natural bounty. Here, one of the world's last relatively untouched marine ecosystems provides habitat for species such as walrus, ice seals, polar bears, and bowhead whales.
Life in the Arctic has been shaped for centuries by the ability to adapt to this land of perpetual ice and snow. But recently, the Arctic has begun warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, fundamentally altering natural systems and the human communities that depend on them. Retreating sea ice is not only restructuring Arctic ecosystems, but it is also yielding new industrial access for commercial fishing, offshore energy, and commercial shipping, all on a scale never before seen.
Pew's Arctic program promotes science- and community-based conservation that reduces potential risks to the U.S. Arctic Ocean from climate change and industrial development.
The program works specifically to: