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Arctic States Leave the Shadows of Black Carbon and Methane

Sep
09

Home to about four million people, it may seem that what the Arctic’s inhabitants - even working together - can do to mitigate climate change, is be a drop in rising oceans. In 2015, however, the Arctic Council unanimously adopted a framework directed at just this. This for the first time, according to environmental lawyer at Earthjustice Erika Rosenthal.

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In Nuuk: Seeing the Bright Sides and Low Tides of Melting Ice

Sep
09

In Greenland’s capital Nuuk, climate change is palpable as a snow-poorer season, a home-grown potato, a new fish in the ocean. As seen by 15 inhabitants, an anthropologist, an ice fjord fisherman and the Minister of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture, nature’s changes can bring both obstacles and possibilities.

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Arctic Council Simulation: Arctic States Take Action Against Climate Change Forcers

Sep
09

A unique Arctic Council Framework to reduce black carbon and methane emissions was - once again - adopted on April 24, 2015 at the Ministerial Meeting Simulation as part of this year's Arctic Summer College Program. The Arctic States unanimously agreed to enforce a framework that, although non-binding, should help mitigate climate change.

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100 Days In: COP21 and the Arctic’s Future - An Era of Energy Transition

Aug
08

100 days after the successful negotiation of a global climate agreement in Paris, the Arctic is facing some of the warmest winter temperatures on record. As communities face threats to personal safety, livelihood, and culture, one pressing question remains: what effect has and will the COP21 agreement have on the four million people that call the Arctic home? 

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Innovation in the Arctic

Aug
12

As a Canadian invested in northern and Arctic issues it is frustrating to note the lack of innovation in infrastructure, food & energy security, and health care & education access in the region, and its negative impacts on human development. Existing technologies, for example in greenhouse food production, small scale energy production, and telehealth, could be applied in new and locally relevant ways in the north, contributing to local self-sufficiency, providing new employment opportunities, and improving quality of life, but often aren’t.

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Experiences in the Russian Arctic

Aug
12

"You have such an intense program!" - that is what we hear quite often during these two weeks. Our "nomadic" Ph.D summer school "Field Experiences in Northwest Russia" (FENOR) organized jointly by European University at St. Petersburg and University of Vienna is over in just a couple of days, so it is the right time to share a few of first impressions from Arkhangelsk.

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Creating an Arctic economic area?

Aug
10

The European Arctic, more precisely Norway, Sweden and Finland, have recently joined forces to create synergy for business development and growth in the Arctic. It seems that in the three Nordic countries the European (or Scandinavian) Arctic has been framed as an economic area with plenty of untapped potential, and the business sector and governments have taken initiative to create more established ground for arctic business development.

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The Practicality of the Arctic Five Forum

Aug
07

In the wake of the agreement between the Arctic Five to ban commercial fishing in the Arctic “Donut Hole” – the region of international waters at the top of the world – there has been much discussion regarding the place of Arctic Five decision making versus decision making through the Arctic Council or other international bodies. Most of this talk has revolved around political motivations and whether it is proper that there are many avenues through which to address international Arctic policy.

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Indigenous Participation at COP21

Aug
07

After our interesting lectures today by Leena Heinämäki and Alexey Tsykarev, it is interesting to look at how Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic may influence proceedings at COP21, upcoming in December 2015, through the Arctic Council.

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Arctic Governance - A process of engagement of Arctic and Non-Arctic Nations

Aug
06

Despite of the diffuse and imprecise concept of governance we can accept the interdisciplinary feature of governance and the constant search for efficiency in a completely fragmented, multidimensional and changeable reality. Another important element of the concept of governance is the plurality of the modes of control that can forge new models of politics, new economic systems, new models of development in order to deal with risks and opportunities at a larger scale.

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