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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".

5 April 2011


Ilisimatusarfik, the University of Greenland, seeks a social science professor on impact of climate change on Greenlandic society. The position is a five-year appointment starting as soon as possible.

5 April 2011

Arctic Fox

The Director of the Board of Arctic Portal and former Senior Arctic Official for Iceland at the Arctic Council, Ragnar Baldursson is now heading for the North Pole in a Chinese-Icelandic group of six, called "Arctic Fox Last Degree Ski Expedition".

4 April 2011

Sea Ice

Thirty scientists, managers and community experts from Russia, Canada, Greenland/ Denmark and the United States, including the Arctic Athabascan Council, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Gwich´in Council International, World Wildlife Fund Arctic and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists met in Vancouver, Canada on March 22th to 23rd, 2011 to develop a technical report on the effects of sea-ice reduction on biodiversity in the Arctic and accompanying conservation & scientific recommendations. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council organised and managed the workshop.

4 April 2011

World Wildlife Fund

The newest edition of the Circle is now out. It is a magazine produced by the WWF Global Arctic Programme, published four times a year. Each issue focuses on one specific Arctic-related subject, the  topic in the newest edition being ocean acidification.

1 April 2011

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki has introduced a TENURE TRACK for teaching and research personnel, intended to increase the predictability, competitiveness and attractiveness of academic careers while promoting internationalisation at the University.

30 March 2011

International Polar Year 2007 - 2008 Summary

The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007–2008, co-sponsored by ICSU and WMO, was the largest coordinated research program in the Earth's polar regions, involving over 50,000 researchers, local observers, educators, students, and support personnel from more than 60 nations in 228 international IPY projects.

29 March 2011

Prince Harry

Britain's Prince Harry will join a team of wounded military servicemen at the start of their expedition to trek unaided to the Geographic North Pole.

28 March 2011


International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic INTERACT has a main objective of building capacity for identifying, understanding, predicting and responding to diverse environmental changes throughout the wide environmental and land-use envelopes of the Arctic.

24 March 2011


INCHR Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at Oulu, Finland, on June 14-15, 2011. The program consists of a Sámi Health workshop and INCHR Scientific Sessions with oral and poster presentations, and of an INCHR General Assembly. New members welcome -membership application will be available at the meeting!

14 March 2011

Dissolving Sea Ice, South of Svalbard

Issued annually, the Arctic Report Card is a timely source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the state of the Arctic, relative to historical time series records.