Why renewable energy in the Arctic can have a global impact

Why renewable energy in the Arctic can have a global impact

When the words “Arctic” and “energy” appear together, they usually conjure up images of massive fossil fuel projects — either existing ones such as...
How a US pivot to the north changes the European Arctic

How a US pivot to the north changes the European Arctic

It was a tiny piece of news, almost no news at all. Denmark’s national news agency put out only the slightest of items — I...
Searching for Misha: the life and tragedies of the world’s most famous polar bear

Searching for Misha: the life and tragedies of the world’s most...

On the morning of August 31 2017, I didn’t meet a remarkable polar bear. It was my third week of fieldwork based out of Longyearbyen,...
100 degrees in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern

100 degrees in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave...

The Arctic heat wave that sent Siberian temperatures soaring to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the first day of summer put an exclamation point...
The US aid package to Greenland marks a new chapter in a long, complex relationship

The US aid package to Greenland marks a new chapter in...

There are multiple ways to seek to understand what a new aid package from the U.S. to Greenland announced last week means. But one...
With a $12.1 million offer to Greenland, America is playing softball in the Arctic

With a $12.1 million offer to Greenland, America is playing softball...

On April 23, the U.S. Department of State announced it was offering a $12.1 million aid package to Greenland. During a briefing on the...
Housing is health: Coronavirus highlights the dangers of the housing crisis in Canada’s North

Housing is health: Coronavirus highlights the dangers of the housing crisis...

What do you do when the government’s No. 1 strategy for slowing the spread of a global pandemic is virtually impossible to implement where...
A tough strategy of isolation has protected Greenland from coronavirus — so far

A tough strategy of isolation has protected Greenland from coronavirus —...

Imagine the audacity it takes to close off the largest island on Earth from the rest of the world. An impossibility, a baffling paradox,...
No, coronavirus won’t fix climate change. But how we respond will make a big difference

No, coronavirus won’t fix climate change. But how we respond will...

In Finland, all ordinary aviation to the northernmost Arctic parts of the country has been suspended as part of the efforts to halt the...
What the Arctic reveals about coronavirus

What the Arctic reveals about coronavirus

A little over a century ago, the “Spanish” flu spread around the world with an astounding speed as millions returned home from the battlegrounds...