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It's the northernmost region of the planet.
And it's vastly important - geopolitically, for the global climate system, and for the plants and animals that depend on its icy ecosystems. Have a look at this automatically generated listing of DW content relating to the Arctic.
Hundreds of kilometers from her home in the Arctic Circle, a large walrus has been causing trouble since taking a fancy to sunbathing on boats. That's a tad awkward as the vessels are on the smaller side, while Freya — at 700 kilograms — is a whole lotta mammal.
With days to go until Christmas, Santa might be somewhere out there worrying about how to deliver all the presents with his team of reindeer... meanwhile, just north of the Arctic circle, real reindeers herders are struggling with much bigger problems: climate change threatens their very livelihood.
The Arctic is among the regions bearing the brunt of global warming. Scientists warn it is heating up much faster than the rest of the world and are urging global leaders gathering at COP26 to turn their words into action to save what's left of it.