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The impact of Covid-19 on Indigenous peoples in the Arctic

Permanent Participants on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on their communities
16 Jul 2020
Abandoned cemetery in Qoornoq, Greenland - former fishermen village in the Nuuk fjord

Historical Context: Influenza and other epidemic infectious diseases in the Arctic

Pandemics have repeatedly struck the Arctic dating back to medieval times when the Plague reached the northern hemisphere. Smallpox was a great killer, cholera was introd...
16 Jul 2020

Interview with Arctic Council Observer: Switzerland

Switzerland has had Observer status in the Arctic Council since 2017. As an Observer, Switzerland can contribute to the Arctic Council through meeting attendance, providi...
06 Jul 2020

Interview with Arctic Council Observer: Japan

Japan has had Observer status in the Arctic Council since 2013. As an Observer, Japan can contribute to the Arctic Council through meeting attendance, providing scientifi...
03 Jul 2020
Flag for the Arctic Council, the eight Arctic States and six Permanent Participants

Circumpolar collaboration amidst coronavirus pandemic

Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials met virtually and i.a. discussed how the Arctic Council could contribute circumpolar responses to the long-term effects of the coro...
26 Jun 2020

Significant economic and environmental gains can be achieved by applying Best Available Technology in the oil sector in the Arctic

The Arctic Council’s Arctic Contaminant Action Program (ACAP) has completed a study on flaring of associated petroleum gas in the Russian Arctic. The report shows that si...
25 Jun 2020
Historic construction for coal transport, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

“The global demand is a very strong driver affecting the Arctic economy”

An interview with co-editor Iulie Aslaksen about the upcoming “Economy of the North 2020” report (ECONOR IV report)
16 Jun 2020

One Arctic, One Health

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities and leaders around the world and across the Arctic are increasing attention to health issues and challenges. Rapid socia...
12 Jun 2020

Together towards a sustainable Arctic: One year into the 2019-2021 Icelandic Chairmanship

Editorial by Einar Gunnarsson, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials
09 Jun 2020
Carey Islands (Photo: Nicholas Per Huffeldt)

“I think it is important for research to have meaningful impact “

Interview with Dr Nicholas Huffeldt, 2020-2021 CAFF-IASC Fellow with the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme
05 Jun 2020
Woman sitting at a lake in Northern Norway

Biodiversity and human health: What’s a holistic approach to good health?

Good health is not the mere absence of diseases. It is the result of a complex interplay between factors influencing our daily lives and the surrounding environment. Howe...
02 Jun 2020
Dunlin with plastic exposure on the tundra (photo credit: Maria Gavrilo)

“There is very little information about the impacts of plastics on shorebirds”

Interview with Dr Scott Flemming, 2020-2021 CAFF-IASC Fellow with the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative
28 May 2020
Soot arising from chimneys in residential area

How black carbon can increase the risk for respiratory diseases

Interview with Dr Ragnhildur Finnbjörnsdóttir, Iceland’s Head of Delegation for the Arctic Council’s Expert Group on Black Carbon and Methane
25 May 2020

Biodiversity and human health: Less biodiversity, more infectious diseases?

Healthy humans depend on a healthy environment. Clean air, fresh water, safe and nutritious food, culture and inspiration are just some of the services that well-function...
20 May 2020

5 Facts to Know About Dioxins, One of the Most Toxic Compounds on Earth

Dioxins are extremely toxic and can interfere with hormones and cause numerous very serious health problems. Unfortunately, all humans are exposed to them. The Arctic Con...
15 May 2020
Researchers in the Arctic

A roadmap towards sustained observing in the Arctic

The Arctic is undergoing rapid change. In order to understand the effects on ecological and socio-economic systems, as well as to implement mitigation and adaptation meas...
14 May 2020
Man walking on beach in Iceland (Photo: Hugi Olafsson)

The coronavirus in the Arctic: Spotlight on mental health

As the current pandemic evolves, the focus on the health effects of the coronavirus widens. While nations around the globe implement strict measures to flatten the curve ...
22 Apr 2020

Action on plastic: On track with the regional action plan for the Arctic

In October 2019, the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative and the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute co-hosted a workshop on Policy and Action on Plastic in the Arctic Ocean wi...
22 Apr 2020
Governor of Svalbard

Arctic Marine Risk Assessment Guideline launched

The Guideline aims to improve safety of Arctic marine operations by incorporating Arctic-specific risk factors not covered by existing guidelines.
20 Apr 2020

From Iceland to Scotland in 207 days

A capsule containing a GPS transmitter travelled several thousand kilometres from Iceland to Scotland –highlighting how marine litter can travel.
20 Apr 2020
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