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16 May 2011

The Arctic Council Nuuk Ministerial Meeting participants

The Arctic Council Nuuk Ministerial Meeting participants held a press conference at the end of the meeting, where they expressed their satisfaction with the results of the meeting.

12 May 2011

Hillary Clinton

The foreign Ministers of the Arctic countries and leaders of the Arctic Indigenous Peoples witnessed a historical moment today at the Nuuk Ministerial Meeting, when the first legally binding agreement established under the auspices of the Arctic Council was signed.

12 May 2011

arctic fox alopex lagopus

A new assessment of the Arctic's biodiversity reports a 26% decline in species populations in the High Arctic. The ASTI includes almost 1,000 datasets on Arctic species population trends, including representation from 35% of all known vertebrate species found in the Arctic.

11 May 2011

Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

Arctic biodiversity is under growing pressure from both climate change and resource development, requiring both managers and users to have access to more complete information to help them make timely and informed conservation and adaptation decisions.

11 May 2011


Two leading Antarctic organisations announce today opportunities for early career researchers. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) are working together to attract talented researchers, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation.

4 May 2011

Northern Research Forum

The 6th Northern Research Forum (NRF) Open Assembly which was originally planned to be held in Oslo and Kirkenes in the autumn of 2011 has been moved to Iceland. The move of congress venues was prompted by unforeseen financial challenges, according to the NRF Secretariat.

3 May 2011


"For the first time in human history a new sea opens before our feet and long time dreams of the old king of Denmark, Christian IV, comes true, long after his passage, where sailing through the north to China is possible". This is mentioned in a book that Denmarks largest publishing house, Gyldendal, has recently published, "'When the ice disappears – Denmark as a major Arctic power, the oil in Greenland and the fight over the North Pole".

19 April 2011

National Ocean Council

The US Arctic Research Commission (USARC) and Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks will host an interactive "Webinar" to discuss issues concerning the Arctic tonight April 19 at 1800 GMT.

14 April 2011

Arctic Fox team on the North Pole

The Arctic Fox Mission reached the North Pole today. The group is now at the top of the world, where all time zones converge and all lines of longitude meet.

14 April 2011

Snow Dragon

The Chinese government plan to send an icebreaker over the Arctic to ship in Iceland this summer. The ship will sail the North -East Passage to Iceland and the North-West Passage back. This would be the first time a ship would go through the Arctic from the Pacific Ocean to Iceland and back again in one summer.

13 April 2011

the circle reindeer

A coverage about the Virtual Learning Tools (VLT) is in the latest issue of the Circle, which is a magazine produced by the WWF Global Arctic Programme. An interview is in the issue with Philip Burgess from the International Centre of Reindeer Husbandry (ICR). Philip is one of the instructor and organizer of the Masters program that is taught at the VLT, "Adaptation to Globalization in the Arctic: The Case of Reindeer Husbandry".