The furor over a tourism-related polar bear death misses some key facts

The furor over a tourism-related polar bear death misses some key...

A recent and very unfortunate incident in Svalbard where a polar bear was killed in self-defense after attacking a man from a cruise vessel...
How Angry Birds and prospects of Chinese funding power visions of the shortest-ever route from China to Europe

How Angry Birds and prospects of Chinese funding power visions of...

I have just come back from Oulu, a major city in northern Finland, where temperatures dropped to minus 26 degrees Celsius (minus 15 Fahrenheit)....
Why the lingering dispute between Denmark and Canada over a high Arctic island is so important

Why the lingering dispute between Denmark and Canada over a high...

Last Saturday, I was on Hans Island.Not many people ever get to this island, which is a real pity. This tiny, nondescript, icy and...
Why the US Interior Department’s ‘lease everything’ approach to offshore oil drilling in Alaska backfired

Why the US Interior Department’s ‘lease everything’ approach to offshore oil...

When the U.S. Department of Interior announced on Jan. 4 that it would consider opening nearly all of the waters off the coast of...
Frozen superhighway: How Arctic indigenous organizations can embrace the internet

Frozen superhighway: How Arctic indigenous organizations can embrace the internet

The 4,000 residents of Utqiagvik, the northernmost city in the United States, was recently plugged into some of the fastest internet in the world...
A sped-up timeline could make drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge a reality — or prove to be its Achilles’ heel

A sped-up timeline could make drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge a...

Speed is of the essence when it comes to getting oil and gas exploration approved for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to the...
Inside Pyramiden, a Soviet ghost town in Arctic Norway

Inside Pyramiden, a Soviet ghost town in Arctic Norway

This was once upon a time the world's northernmost kindergarten and primary school. Abandoned twenty years ago, Pyramiden coal-mining town on the northern edge...
The Week Ahead: Terribly binge-worthy

The Week Ahead: Terribly binge-worthy

This week, AMC, an American cable channel best known for its award-winning series "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," airs the first episode of its well-received...
How a shipping safety violation is escalating an internal conflict over Russia’s Northern Sea Route

How a shipping safety violation is escalating an internal conflict over...

A serious violation of Arctic shipping safety rules by Yamal LNG carrier Boris Vilkitsky last month has escalated a growing conflict about the regulation of and...
How the US could quickly find itself without a working heavy icebreaker

How the US could quickly find itself without a working heavy...

Two things happened in Washington D.C. this week that suggest the U.S. Coast Guard could soon find itself with no heavy icebreaker.First, a House...