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15 October 2020

Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network

Regional Development & Food Security in the Arctic: The Role of Geothermal Energy

20th October 2020, 16:00 - 18:00 GMT

13 October 2020

European Science Week 2020

The European Polar Science week, organised by the European Commission together with the European Space Agency, will gather the Polar science community to enhance cooperation at European level and set common challenges and priorities.

7 October 2020


The Icepod , goes live, a podcast for the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) about polar science and the people. The editors of The IcePods are Kirstin Werner and Sara Pasqualetto from the International Coordination Office for YOPP. 

7 October 2020

EALLU youth team

The Arctic Resilience Forum will be convened every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:00pm (EST) over a series of ten weeks. The online series will engage the broadest audience possible in conversations about how to build the resilience of Arctic communities and ecosystems across a variety of focus areas.

6 October 2020

3rd Arctic Science Ministerial

The 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial have planned a couple of webinars.

This webinar series is designed to increase transparency of the Arctic Science Ministerial science process and to provide additional opportunities for scientists, Indigenous Peoples and Arctic research stakeholders to further engage with the science and proposed actions leading up to the Third Arctic Science Ministerial in Tokyo, Japan in May 2021.

30 September 2020

ArcticCouncil NorthernForum logo

In the last days the Northern Forum and the Northern Youth Forum have held an online conference and yesterday the Arctic Council started their webinar series on Arctic marine matters.

22 September 2020

Sea Ice Extent 15 September 2020 / The orange line shows the 1981 to 2010 average extent for that day.

According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) the Arctic sea ice extent reached its annual minimum on 15 September of 3.74 million square kilometers (1.44 million square miles).

21 September 2020

NSIDC research scientist Kevin Schaefer stands above melting ground ice in front of the Alaska pipeline on the North Slope.

The National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) published on 16 September 2020 highly alarming results from their studies on mercury concentrations in fish in Alaska´s Yukon River. The study shows that mercury concentration in fish could surpass the EPA mercury criterion by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming are not constrained. The scientific research is led by Kevin Schaefer from the NSIDC and is the first of its kind.

16 September 2020


The Icelandic Marine and Freshwater Research Instititute (MFRI) recently send its Research Vessel Árni Friðriksson out on a three-week capelin search expedition. A Greenlandic Research Vessel is also taking part in the search, which will focus on the area between Iceland and Greenland.

14 September 2020

bear carcass2

A well preserved carcass of an extinct cave bear species (Ursus spelaeus) was recently found on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky island which is the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands belonging to the New Siberian Islands archipelago between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in northern Russia.

6 August 2020

MAP ArcticPortal

An interesting article written by Andrey Krivorotov has now been published in the China in World and Regional Politics: History and Modernity yearbook by the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). In the article Dr. Krivorotov explores the U.S. - China relation in the North Atlantic, its potential developments and impact on Arctic countries with emphasis on Russia.

30 July 2020

Jim DeHart - New U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region

Jim DeHart has been appointed the U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region by the U.S. Department of State. He will be serving as the principal advisor to the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary on all Arctic matters.