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.
The Venta Maersk will test the passage through Russian waters, which is significantly shorter than the way south through the Suez Canal. Climate change has warmed the Arctic waters, allowing ships to pass more easily.
Bags, bottles, drinking straws — all contain plastic, an invention we just can't do without. But it's become a menace to life on Earth, now found in Arctic ice and the stomachs of ocean creatures. Rajeshwari Singh has walked more than 1,100 kilometers across India to raise awareness about plastic pollution. Her key message: "My waste, my responsibility." Jasvinder Sehgal reports.
Plastic has been making plenty of headlines and we're all becoming aware of the damage it does to marine habitats, and its insidious spread into everything from drinking water to Arctic ice. In the UK, activists are taking the problem into their own hands.