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4 October 2011

arctic ozone

An ozone hole has formed over the Arctic. Like in the Antarctic so much ozone has dissolved it can now be called an "ozone hole".

3 October 2011

Dreki Area map

The National Energy Authority of Iceland (NEA), has today, announced the second Licensing Round for hydrocarbon exploration and production licences on the Icelandic Continental Shelf. The offer will be open from October 3, 2011 until April 2, 2011.

3 October 2011

The Inuit Circumpolar Conference

The Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) provides a major international collective voice for more than 155.000 Inuit from Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the Chukotka Peninsula. On behalf of people in Alaska the ICC in 2005 filed a legal petition against the government of the United States of America, saying its climate change policies violate human rights.

3 October 2011

Map of James Bay and Cree communities

The Cree just make it into the Arctic; they are on the border of the line made in the Arctic Human Development Report. They live in James Bay, which is a region of northern Quebec, in the northeastern part of Canada.  Its area is a vast wilderness area and can only be reached by a single road. The remoteness is immense.

30 September 2011

International Polar Year 2012 Conference

The IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference abstracts deadline was initially today September 30, but has been extended to October 7, 2011 11:59 PM, EST. To submit your abstract, please go to the IPY 2012 Montréal homepage.

30 September 2011

Össur Skarphéðinsson, Mr. Jonas Gahr Störe and Mr. Stefán B. Sigurðsson, rector of the University of Akureyri

Ministers of foreign affairs from Norway, Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, and of Iceland Mr. Össur Skarphéðinsson, signed a memorandum yesterday about increased cooperation in Arctic issues between the two states.

28 September 2011

Jonas Gahr Støre and Mr. Össur Skarphéðinsson

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Norway and Iceland will meet together in Akureyri this week.

27 September 2011

Fin Whale decomposing on an island off Nuuk, Greenland

Here is extensive data about Arctic fishing. Below is a list of documents of high importance and easy access to the Arctic Portal Data Library gives an even broader dimension to search for more fishing data.

27 September 2011

Sea urchin

The delicate web of the Arctic biosphere is complex and one small change can have big affect.

27 September 2011

Lars Kullerud and Yelena Kudryashova

The University of the Arctic’s research Office will be the place to find the next generation’s polar researchers, famous polar researcher Artur Chilingarov has stated. The formal opening of the office was at the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk.

27 September 2011


Rabies has been found in a polar fox and two reindeer in Svalbard. The archipelago has never before seen the disease which can be deadly for humans if infected.

26 September 2011

Vladimir Putin and Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Military presence in the Arctic should not be a reality, a senior Russian diplomat has claimed. At the The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue international forum, held in Arkhangelsk last week the issue was raised.