Shipping volumes on the Northern Sea Route are up by more than 60 percent

Shipping volumes on the Northern Sea Route are up by more...

Russia’s development of the Arctic shipping route is proceeding ahead of schedule. According to Rosatom, the state nuclear power company, shipping exceeded 26 million tons...
Arctic permafrost thaw could set off sudden environmental changes

Arctic permafrost thaw could set off sudden environmental changes

Discussions of permafrost thaw in the Arctic have tended to frame it as a gradual process that could slowly change the future Arctic environment,...
A new oil well is too close to Norway’s Lofoten Islands for environmentalists’ comfort

A new oil well is too close to Norway’s Lofoten Islands...

The closest thing to drilling in the oil-rich waters around the Lofoten Islands these days is licence block 896 of the exploration area known...
Expedition cruise operators formalize a ban on dirty heavy fuel oil in the Arctic

Expedition cruise operators formalize a ban on dirty heavy fuel oil...

While the International Maritime Organization has failed to heavy fuel oil, expedition cruise operators have now formalized a self-imposed ban on the fuel's use...
Invasive Arctic crab species in Norway are expanding to new shores

Invasive Arctic crab species in Norway are expanding to new shores

King crabs, which aren't native to the region, have conquered the Barents Sea and will continue to expand north- and southwards. The crabs might...
Nunavut sees a bump in outside visitors in 2018, according to new numbers

Nunavut sees a bump in outside visitors in 2018, according to...

From April to Sept. 2018, more than 51,000 people visited Nunavut from outside the territory.That’s according to Nunavut’s annual tourism report for 2018-2019 from the Department...
Alaska’s US senators push for a new Arctic shipping committee

Alaska’s US senators push for a new Arctic shipping committee

A new formal advisory committee could be one way to consolidate existing but scattered discussions about the U.S. federal approach to Arctic ports and...
Russia’s Nikel smelting plant is slated for closure in late 2020

Russia’s Nikel smelting plant is slated for closure in late 2020

Russian mining and smelting giant Nornickel plans to close its nickel smelting plant in the border town of Nikel. A gradual halt in production...
Santa declares Christmas season ‘open’ in Arctic Finland

Santa declares Christmas season ‘open’ in Arctic Finland

On Sunday, the Arctic Christmas tourism season in Finland was formally opened, with a speech by Santa Claus, calling for peace and understanding.“Just like...
On Norway’s internet frontier, the future is here — again

On Norway’s internet frontier, the future is here — again

Back in 2014, when the Norwegian telecom company Telenor finished laying fiber-optic cable in Svalbard, it temporarily placed the territory at the frontier of...