Arctic Frontiers

The Arctic

The Arctic is something that is in grave danger of being lost forever. Already, the past seven years have seen the lowest minimum sea ice coverage ever recorded and this year has joined the list. The repercussions are serious, and further decline of the Arctic sea ice can spiral towards fatal consequences. It is clear that the human footprint has profoundly altered the planet in ways that we never imagined.

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The road to Arctic protection

Blog entry by Sara del Rio | 10 May, 2016 1 comment

Over the past year, many you have helped put pressure on OSPAR (the Oslo-Paris Convention) to stand up for Arctic protection. Since we started work on getting OSPAR to protect an area around the North Pole roughly the size of the UK...

Twelve Nobel Prize winners, a Beatle, and the Pope can't all be wrong

Blog entry by Nick Young | 15 April, 2016 1 comment

On 18 September 2013, two Greenpeace International activists were arrested during a peaceful protest in the Russian Arctic. A week later, the entire 30-member crew of their ship was in a Russian jail awaiting trial on charges of...

1000 art works and counting for Arctic protection

Blog entry by Ethan Gilbert | 14 April, 2016

One day, Albert Einstein – that grey-haired master of imagination and thinker of all things outside the box – had something to say. “Creativity,” he mused, “is contagious. Pass it on.” His theory of relativity must not have been the...

Can a new ocean treaty protect the Arctic?

Blog entry by Sarah North and Magnus Eckeskog | 8 April, 2016 1 comment

Two thirds of our oceans are beyond national borders and belong to all of us. But right now it’s like the wild west out there – the oceans and seabeds are at the mercy of reckless exploitation because existing ocean law focuses far...

3 things to know about today’s US-Canada climate agreement

Blog entry by John Deans | 11 March, 2016

President Obama's first hang-out with the new Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau started off with a pretty chill subject: the Arctic. In a  “Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership”  issued today,...

Ice loss, the beauty of the Arctic and the threat of fishing fleets

Blog entry by Mads Flarup Christensen | 2 March, 2016 1 comment

Together we kicked out Shell; seven million people across the world stopped Shell’s expansion into the Arctic in 2015. Later in the year nations came together in Paris and signed a historical agreement for the climate. These events...

Make-or-break moment for Arctic protection

Blog entry by Magnus Eckeskog | 29 February, 2016 3 comments

This week, an unremarkable event can play a remarkable role to protect life in the Arctic. A part of the permanent ice cover on which life in the Arctic depends can soon be protected from destructive activities. If this protection...

Interview with a polar bear expert

Blog entry by Larissa Beumer | 27 February, 2016

This year, celebrate International Polar Bear Day by learning more about these amazing animals from a scientist who has studied them for decades.   Thor S. Larsen is a pioneer in polar bear research. He began his academic...

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