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5 December 2023

Action Summit - Hillary Clinton speaks to Sultan Al Jabar

Arctic Circle, Emerson Collective, and Nia Tero jointly hosted a special Action Summit on December 4th at the COP28 in Dubai, led by Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Laurene Jobs, Peter Seligmann, and Andy Kasner. The session, organized in collaboration with COP28 President Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, took place at the renowned Museum of the Future.

4 December 2023

the launch of the Arctic Yearbook 2023

The Arctic Yearbook 2023 was formally launched today at the 8th China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) Symposium held in Guangzhou China. The yearbook is now available on the Arctic Portal or at The publication of the Arctic Yearbook is led by the excellent team of editors,  Lassi Heininen, Sara Olsvig, Justin Barnes & Heather Exner-Pirot, with the support of the AY editorial board, technically and graphically supported and hosted by

1 December 2023

Iceland flagIcelandic, a language known for its inventive neologisms rooted in Norse history, faces a digital threat amid the dominance of English in the online world.

30 November 2023

COP28 2As the UN climate change conference, COP28, commences today, November 30, and unfolds until December 12, it gains heightened significance against the backdrop of escalated global temperatures and the pervasive impact of extreme weather events worldwide.

28 November 2023

Polar Panorama

For many people, the endless expanses of the polar regions are faraway places they only know from documentaries. Environmental changes caused by climate change or direct human interventions are now transforming these unique landscapes and their ecosystems.

16 November 2023

Iceland on a map with its flag colors

Today, 16 November is the "day of the Icelandic tongue" (dagur íslenskrar tungu). It is a festival celebrated each year on this day in Iceland. This date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of the Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson.

14 November 2023

Arctic Resilience Monitor

The Arctic is undergoing rapid transformations and facing significant socio-economic, political challenges, as well as challenges associated with the climate change.

10 November 2023

Ashley Judd at the Reykjavik Global Forum 2023

On 13-14 November 2023, the sixth edition of the Reykjavík Global Forum will be co-hosted with the Government of Iceland and the Parliament of Iceland in partnership with Women Political Leaders (WPL).

9 November 2023

Olivier Poivre dArvor opens the One Planet - Polar 2023 summit

Yesterday, in the heart of Paris,  the One Planet – Polar Summit commenced under the leadership of French President Emmanuel Macron, marking a gathering of several hundred glaciologists, scientists, and global leaders.

8 November 2023

Linechart - Global Surface Air Temperature Anomalies - Daily Sea Surface Temperature

In October 2023, the world experienced an unprecedented heatwave, setting new records and sounding an alarm for our climate. The global average surface air temperature for the month reached 15.30°C, surpassing previous records by 0.85°C compared to the 1991-2020 October average and 0.40°C higher than the previous record set in 2019. This marks the warmest October ever recorded on a global scale.

8 November 2023

Arctic Portal map - Sailing Routes: Shipping in a global context

2023 The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC, Economic Leaders’ Week (AELW) will be held in San Francisco from 11-17 November.  APEC is the leading forum in the Asia-Pacific to facilitate trade and investment, economic growth, and regional cooperation.

7 November 2023

The 8th China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium 2023

The 8th China – Nordic Arctic Cooperation (CNARC) Symposium will be held from 3 to 6 December 2023 in Guangzhou China. Registration is still open!

7 November 2023

Professor emeritus at the University of California Santa Barbara, Oran Young

Professor emeritus at the University of California Santa Barbara, Oran Young, is the Mohn Prize laureate 2024 for his leading research and geopolitical work on the Arctic.

6 November 2023

Arctic Youth

On October 18, the Arctic Youth project team held an online international panel discussion ‘Polar Law – 2023’.

31 October 2023

Volcanos with recent seismic events, land uplift or increased thermal activity in July - August 2023

On the 30th of October, the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland experienced an unusual surge of seismic activity. 1.300 earthquakes were recorded in the area. From midnight to 7 AM over 300 quakes, with the largest registering at a magnitude of 3.0 were recorded. This seismic activity originated approximately three kilometers north of Grindavík, in close proximity to the renowned Blue Lagoon.

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