Analysis

Is Santa’s sleigh zero carbon? The answer lies in reindeer poo

Is Santa’s sleigh zero carbon? The answer lies in reindeer poo

Santa’s sleigh is famously pulled by eight reindeer, nine if you include the luminous Rudolf who pitches in when it’s foggy. The classic eight...
The 2021 Arctic Report Card reveals a (human) story of cascading disruptions, extreme events and global connections

The 2021 Arctic Report Card reveals a (human) story of cascading...

The Arctic has long been portrayed as a distant end-of-the-Earth place, disconnected from everyday common experience. But as the planet rapidly warms, what happens...
Five ways reindeer are perfectly evolved for pulling Santa’s sleigh

Five ways reindeer are perfectly evolved for pulling Santa’s sleigh

We all know that Father Christmas would struggle to deliver presents to everyone around the world without the help of his magical reindeer. But...
Spotty data and media bias delay justice for missing and murdered Indigenous people

Spotty data and media bias delay justice for missing and murdered...

No one knows just how many Indigenous girls or women go missing in the United States each year. There are estimates. In 2019, 8,162 Indigenous...
Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a...

U.S. startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of...
2 NASA scientists explain what’s driving overall Arctic sea ice decline

2 NASA scientists explain what’s driving overall Arctic sea ice decline

September marks the end of the summer sea ice melt season and the Arctic sea ice minimum, when sea ice over the Northern Hemisphere...
The Arctic Council has weathered 25 years of bumpy Russia-Western relations – but can it adapt to climate change?

The Arctic Council has weathered 25 years of bumpy Russia-Western relations...

For generations, the Arctic has captured our imaginations as a region of contradictions. It is simultaneously a frozen wilderness, home to Indigenous peoples, a...
What does it mean to be ‘true north strong and free?’ Canada’s elusive northern identity

What does it mean to be ‘true north strong and free?’...

From the national anthem to the Toronto Raptors (#WeTheNorth), Canada is frequently framed as a northern country, its citizens a northern people. But what...
How Europe’s ban on seal products turned frontier communities into pariahs

How Europe’s ban on seal products turned frontier communities into pariahs

In the 1970s, a sustained campaign convinced much of the world that protesters were saving cuddly seals from murderous killers near the Arctic Circle....
Swiss-Danish expedition finds the world’s northernmost island

Swiss-Danish expedition finds the world’s northernmost island

We were a team of five from the Leister Expedition Around North Greenland 2021, a Swiss-Danish scientific expedition, that landed on the island in...
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