The Lomonosov Ridge, the dark blue area stretching across the North Pole, is the source to both Russian and Danish claims to ‘own’ the North Pole. (Photo: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/image/IBCAO_betamap.jpg)

Russia to Present Shelf Expansion Bid Next Month

18/08/2017 kl 11:42 0 kommentarer

The Russian delegation will file a claim to expand the Arctic shelf to the new UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in September.

Polar pioneer in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (Photo: Judy Patrick/Shell Flickr)

Trump moves to reverse Obama’s drilling ban in Arctic waters

17/08/2017 kl 08:00 0 kommentarer

Today, the US department of the interior is ending a 45-day long public comment period that will help decide whether the ban on drilling in Arctic waters could be reversed.

World’s Largest Data Center to be Built in Ballangen, Norway

16/08/2017 kl 14:54 0 kommentarer

Ballangen, a small town in Northern Norway, is set to be home to the world’s largest data center.

To many inhabitants of Northern Norway it feels strange to refer to themselves as Arctic people. (Photo Credit: sharonang, pixabay.com)

Arctic Expert explains the complexities of Norway’s High North politics

16/08/2017 kl 14:42 0 kommentarer

“When formulating its High North politics, the Norwegian government has to respond to a multitude of different expectations”, says Geir Hønneland from the Fridtjof Nansen Institute.

Svein Melby, Senior Fellow, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS). (Photo: Hege Eilertsen)

Norwegian Defence Expert: – The USA Lacks Will to Lead

14/08/2017 kl 14:21 0 kommentarer

OSLO: – The USA still holds the capacity to dominate international politics, however, it lacks the will, says Senior Researcher Svein Melby at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. That does not only present challenges for international top politics, it also challenges the shaping of Norwegian foreign and security policy.

On a photography walk during a workshop in Nain, Nunatsiavut (Labrador)
Credit: Workshop participant

Mental health support by youth, for youth in Canadian Arctic

14/08/2017 kl 11:53 0 kommentarer

Youth-run charity North in Focus has an innovative way to help young people living in Northern communities in Canada break down stigma around mental illness and stay healthy–and it all starts with community, creativity, and storytelling.

Crystal Serenity sails waters off Antarctica. The ship is slated to sail the Northwest Passage in 2016 carrying nearly 1,700 passengers and crewmembers. (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

North-American Focus on Shipping in the Arctic

14/08/2017 kl 08:00 0 kommentarer

The Arctic Shipping Forum North America takes place in Montreal, Canada in October/November 2017. This year the emphasis is on the Polar Code and what consequences its entering into force has for the shipping industry.

West Hercules drilling well number 100 at the Nunatak prospect in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Statoil ASA)

Norway’s Arctic oil policy threatens Paris climate goals

11/08/2017 kl 10:44 0 kommentarer

Norway’s plans to ramp up Arctic oil and gas production undermines the Paris Agreement, according to a recent NGO study.

Tiina Sanila-Aikio, center, is president of the Finnish Saami Parliament. She is seen here in Trondheim, Norway, during this annual spring Traante celebrations. Sanila-Aikio is concerned about plans to build an Arctic railway that will cut through reindeer grazing grounds. (Photo: AFP/Ole Martin Wold/NTB scanpix Wold)

Proposed Arctic Railway Would Cut Through Lapland Reindeer Habitat

09/08/2017 kl 13:39 0 kommentarer

A new railway project would help Finland and Norway take advantage of melting sea ice to ship products from the Arctic coast. But Indigenous communities fear the rail line would disrupt their reindeer herding traditions.

USA's Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson hands the chairmanship of the Arctic Council over to the Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini in Fairbanks, Alaska in May 2017. (Photo: Arne O. Holm)

ICES new Observer of the Arctic Council

08/08/2017 kl 12:31 0 kommentarer

ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, was one of seven new organizations to be admitted as Observers of the Arctic Council at the last Arctic Council Ministerial meeting.

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