The Week Ahead: Going with the floe

The Week Ahead: Going with the floe

Camp Barneo, a privately operated Russian temporary base near the North Pole, is expected to open for guests this week after a delay of...
The Russians are not coming, at least not to Alaska

The Russians are not coming, at least not to Alaska

Russian Arctic policy is often characterized as “threatening” to its neighbors and the regional status quo.  This tone can be seen in commentary such...
Fixing the world’s Arctic apathy gap

Fixing the world’s Arctic apathy gap

We are losing the Arctic, and nobody cares.Two years ago at a Russian Arctic forum,  Finland President Sauli Niinistö reiterated what has become a...
How state-level ivory bans are hurting Alaska Native hunters and their communities

How state-level ivory bans are hurting Alaska Native hunters and their...

Perry Pungowiyi, a Yupik artist and hunter from western Alaska, says there are two big changes that have made the tradition of walrus hunting...
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...
Another big win for Russian pipeline politics in Europe?

Another big win for Russian pipeline politics in Europe?

A divisive Russian energy project dripping with geopolitical tension reached a major milestone this week. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would pump natural...
Trump’s National Security Strategy mentions the Arctic, but not climate change

Trump’s National Security Strategy mentions the Arctic, but not climate change

Last week, the Trump Administration released its National Security Strategy, a 55-page document intended to lay out the administration’s strategic interests, threats, and capabilities.Since the...
Why the US needs polar security cutters for the 21st century

Why the US needs polar security cutters for the 21st century

U.S. polar icebreakers are again in the news with a decision earlier this month to withdraw funding for new polar ships from the federal...
Climate change exacerbates the impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants

Climate change exacerbates the impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants

Higher temperatures increase the volatilization of Persistent Organic Pollutants and exacerbate their emissions from secondary sources. Indirectly, climate change affects POPs through extreme weather...
Regional differences complicate efforts to bring broadband to the Arctic

Regional differences complicate efforts to bring broadband to the Arctic

As part of its assessment of the telecommunications needs in the North, the Arctic Council’s Task Force on Telecommunications Infrastructure in the Arctic is...