News & Press Releases

Arctic Portal News Portlet

8 July 2011

Arctic Frontiers

The Arctic Frontiers (AFT) conference is a central arena for discussions of Arctic issues. The conference brings together representatives from science, politics, and civil society to share perspectives on how upcoming challenges in the Arctic may be addressed to ensure sustainable development.

1 July 2011

EU Arctic Forum

The EU-ARCTIC FORUM, established in 2010, provides the European Parliament a platform on all issues with regard to the Arctic, facilitating exchange and input of information as well as interlinking the fragmented debates on the Arctic within the EU.

28 June 2011

ICASS speaker Sven

The seventh The International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) that was held in the town of Akureyri, Iceland the days of 22nd – 26th of june is thought to be a great success.

24 June 2011

ICASS speaker Sven

The seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences in Akureyri is going well. Participants, hosts and organizers are happy with the event so far. Day two, as day one, was a success and participants enjoyed the courtesy of organizers, receiving a traditional lamb meat soup for lunch.

23 June 2011


The Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, Circumpolar Perspectives in Global Dialogue: Social Sciences beyond the International Polar Year is now held in Akureyri, Iceland, 22-26 June 2011.

10 June 2011

NWT oil spill

The Energy Company Enbridge Inc. says up to 1,500 barrels of oil may have leaked from its pipeline in the Northwest Territories last month, much higher than the company's initial estimate of four barrels.

3 June 2011

Danish navy ship

The Danish navy has reportedly confronted and arrested a crew of two environmental activists "occupying" a 53,000-ton offshore oil rig in a "survival pod" hanging from the Cairn Energy oil rig, about 100 miles off the coast of Greenland, the non-governmental organization Greenpeace announced late Wednesday via prepared statement.

31 May 2011

Greenpeace activists in Greenland

On Sunday Greenpeace activists climbed up an oil rig off Greenland's coast in an attempt to stop the Scottish oil company, Cairn Energy, from starting deepwater drilling in the arctic waters. The activists arrived at the rig in inflatable speedboats launched from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, which had avoided a Danish warship shadowing them for days.

25 May 2011


The volcanic eruption in the volcano Grímsvötn seems to have stopped. According to eyewitnesses this morning, the volcanic column rises only a hundred meters (330 feet) from the crater. A thick layer of ash lies all around the crater on the glacier.

24 May 2011

IPY 2012 Conference in Montreal

The From Knowledge to Action International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference features the latest polar research results from global leaders in Arctic and Antarctic science.

23 May 2011


A volcanic eruption has started in Iceland underneath the glacier Vatnajökull on Saturday around 7 PM. The volcano, called "Grímsvötn" is spewing large amounts of ash up to 11 kilometers high (35 thousand feet) up into the air.

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.

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