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Arctic Governance Beyond the Arctic Council

Aug
05

Last month, when the five Arctic littoral states signed a precautionary ban on fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean, there was heavy criticism from Iceland for being excluded from the discussions, as well as detraction from a number of commentators who believed the exclusionary move could compromise cooperation in the Arctic Council.

Posted By Heather Exner-Pirot read more

AC Squared – Are the Arctic Council and Arctic Circle Competing Forums?

Aug
05

Discussions on governance gaps in the Arctic generally focus on the Arctic Council, the almost 20 year old high-level intergovernmental forum of the 8 circumpolar states and 6 Permanent Participants that has a historic focus on environmental protection and sustainable development. Generally these comments focus on whether there is a need to model the Arctic Council into a stronger international body, perhaps with treaty making powers.

Posted By Katrina McLaughlin read more

Conserving Species with no Natural Habitat

Aug
05

The Arctic is most famous for its frigid expanses of snow and ice and the massive mammals that traverse these environments – e.g. polar bears, caribou, belugas, narwhals, etc. But climate change is fundamentally altering these intertwined facets of the High North. The Arctic is warming and steadily becoming less covered by snow and ice for shorter periods of the year. In turn, northern animals are being negatively impacted as the environments to which they are adapted recede.

Posted By Andreas Kuersten read more

Of the challenge to look through a frame and see the same thing

Aug
04

Imagine yourself looking through a frame, for example a window. This frame will quite clearly define your view. It will centre some elements, while leaving other aspects completely out of sight. You might see a clear blue lake, but not the man fishing in it – in order for you to see him, your perspective and hence the frame would need to change.

Posted By Kristina Bär read more

Longyearbyen, or the end of the world, but the world comes here.

Aug
03

Svalbard is amazing, especially when it is your first time on this archipelago, and it is my first time here. So taking the opportunity to write about it. Looking on a map, the Svalbard archipelago seems to be remote from civilizations, halfway between the North Pole and the Norwegian mainland, at 78° North. But in fact, there is a great diversity of nationalities and origins working and living up there.

Posted By Alix Varnajot read more

The Arctic Five Returns

Jul
21

The moratorium - or more accurately preemptive ban - on commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean donut hole last week has received a lot of attention, with mentions in the world's leading news outlets and near unanimous applause from diplomats, environmentalists, and indigenous organizations.

Posted By Heather Exner-Pirot read more

THE GRINDADRÁP - Pilot whale hunting in the Faroe Islands

Jul
19

Everybody has probably heard about this traditional practice that divides people, generating a lively debate, especially during summers when most of those hunts occur. The goal of this post is not to say who’s right and who’s wrong, but to enlighten the debate, in which Faroese feel underrepresented.

Posted By Alix Varnajot read more

Indigenous peoples and property: the case of Russia

Jul
19

As Chris Hann points out, "the ways in which people relate to the objects in their environment plays a vital role in forming their social identities". Indeed, the concept of property implies not only relations between people and things, but also a system of relations between different actors, and as a part of one’s identity. This multi-layered understanding of property is important when studying indigenous communities.

Posted By Anna Varfolomeeva read more

Ilulissat Climate Days - Highlights on Stability and Variations of Arctic Ice Sheet

Jul
16

The inspiration for this blog was to share with the ASC participants some ideas and experiences from my trip to Greenland when attending Ilulissat Climate Days last June 2015.

The changes in the Greenland Cryosphere and aspects related to variation of Arctic Ice cover were the main topics discussed in Ilulissat, Greenland. Important data about the ice loss in the Antarctic system has also been presented and analysed in relation to global sea levels rise.

Posted By Gisele Arruda read more

The Arctic as a part of China`s road to rejuvenation

Jul
11

During my trip to Beijing last week, I managed to visit the National Museum of China. This humongous building right next to the Tian`anmen square hosts several interesting exhibitions. One of them is called ''The Road to Rejuvenation'' (it is a permanent exhibition) and it basically displays modern Chinese history since the 1840 Opium wars till the present. To my delight, in this exhibition, I have found a few references to China`s polar activities.

Posted By Martin Kossa read more

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