How to write an Arctic story in 5 easy steps

How to write an Arctic story in 5 easy steps

So you’ve been assigned to write a story on the Arctic. Congratulations! This will be one of your easiest assignments.The key is to write...
China launches its first domestically built icebreaker

China launches its first domestically built icebreaker

China launched the Xue Long 2 (雪龙2), which translates to “Snow Dragon,” in an elaborate ceremony at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai on Monday. The new...
China and the US both have strategic designs for Greenland

China and the US both have strategic designs for Greenland

Two seemingly unrelated messages, reaching us only a few days apart, recently revealed how Greenland occupies an increasingly strategic place in today’s geopolitics.One of...
How Norway and Alaska took different paths when it came to investing windfalls from oil development

How Norway and Alaska took different paths when it came to...

In the past half century, Norway and Alaska each developed an extensive oil and gas industry — and each took steps to preserve part...
Is the world ready for a Bering Strait rail link between Alaska and Russia?

Is the world ready for a Bering Strait rail link between...

In 1890, Colorado Gov. William Gilpin called for a new worldwide railroad system to connect the greatest cities on five continents.His book, “The Cosmopolitan...
How a baseless myth about Japanese tourists and the northern lights was born — and still persists

How a baseless myth about Japanese tourists and the northern lights...

Whether you’ve seen the northern lights for a thousand nights or are just witnessing them for the first time, there is something magical about...
What the new IPCC climate report means for the Arctic

What the new IPCC climate report means for the Arctic

If a half-degree temperature rise in world temperatures doesn’t sound alarming, the latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change should put that...
China’s Arctic plans represent a new way of looking at world

China’s Arctic plans represent a new way of looking at world

In 2014, China released a new map, interpreted the world over as an attempt to redefine geopolitics and claim more of the South China...
A deepwater port in Alaska’s Arctic is essential for U.S. national security

A deepwater port in Alaska’s Arctic is essential for U.S. national...

While cooperation has been a hallmark of Arctic relations between the United States and Russia, it is important to consider national security due to...
Russia’s extension of US overflight rights hurts the Arctic

Russia’s extension of US overflight rights hurts the Arctic

Every week, hundreds of flights on U.S. airlines pass through Russian airspace. Only a handful of these flights actually start or end in Russia....