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Construction is wrapping up on the Illusuak Cultural Centre, a striking wooden structure being built on the shores of the North Atlantic in Nain, Canada, to celebrate the region’s Inuit heritage.
Arctic cruise passengers are being enlisted to help analyze logbooks kept by whalers nearly two centuries ago in an effort to better understand how sea ice in the region has shrunk.
Nunavut is pushing for federal cash to help advance a mining project that would bring badly needed jobs to the territory’s northwest. But critics – including territorial government biologists – worry about the impact on a nearby barren-ground caribou herd.
The Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay will serve as a base for scientists studying everything from the region’s changing cryosphere to how to best deploy renewable energy projects in northern communities.
Douglas Clark Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment & Sustainability
The northern Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba, may be an early casualty of climate change, but it could become an Arctic sustainability pioneer, says Douglas Clark, an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan.
Canada’s self-proclaimed environmentalist prime minister has taken a page out of the playbook of his conservative predecessor by cozying up to northern mining interests, writes Mia Bennett, a research fellow in the Department of Geography at UCLA.
In Norway, on the final stop of her literary tour of the Arctic, the World Wildlife Fund’s Margaret Williams finds an amalgam of writers providing a unique sense of place and home.
John Smol with Canada’s Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory sees in lake sediment the stories of dramatic environmental changes underway in the Arctic.
A playful experiment performed at Norway’s Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum earlier this year saw the entire premises temporarily transformed into a museum dedicated to Saami art. Now there’s a push underway to create something longer lasting.
Climate change is leading to bigger, more frequent wildfires in the North American Arctic. These fires will have wide-ranging impacts on northern peoples and wildlife, warns author Ed Struzik.
Canadians’ perceptions of the Arctic are sometimes out of sync with the political and legal realities of the governance of the region, says Danita Catherine Burke, a postdoc at the University of Southern Denmark.
The Saami singer Sofia Jannok from Sweden combines traditional joiking with modern electronic music. Her lyrics, sung in three languages, aim to overturn colonial attitudes and express Indigenous views.
Meet Billy Gauthier, an acclaimed artist from northern Canada who participated in a hunger strike last summer to to protest the environmental impacts of a new hydroelectric dam in Labrador.
A recent research expedition should help scientists better understand the botanical diversity of Canada’s rapidly warming Arctic, writes the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Paul Sokoloff.
Greenland is an important cog in the global climate system. It’s also especially vulnerable to climate change, writes Kathryn Adamson, a senior lecturer in physical geography at Manchester Metropolitan University.
As Arctic snows melt earlier in the year, insects are emerging ahead of schedule. That’s bad news for some migratory songbirds, such as the red knot, that depend on the bugs as fuel before their long flights south.
Opening a beer and wine store isn’t an obvious approach to addressing a community’s devastating relationship with drinking. But Iqaluit is taking that step in the hope of reducing consumption of bootlegged hard liquor.
A health survey of Inuit communities in northern Quebec found widespread food insecurity and other problems 13 years ago. A follow-up now underway will see how much things have changed.
The Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment working group gives Indigenous voices a meaningful say over sustainable solutions, making it a model worth emulating, says Steven Fry, a master’s student in international studies from the University of Washington.
Nenets reindeer herders have some counterintuitive strategies to lessen the harm of heavy drinking, but these approaches are creating problems as nomads settle into villages.
The Saami Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Mental Health and Substance Use has found success in a strategy that leans heavily on exposing its clients to the outdoors.
The Arctic Council may be helping advance the idea of allowing Indigenous groups to play a more central role on the world stage, writes Malina Dumas, a J.D. candidate at the University of Washington School of Law.
Scientists are not sure what to make of an unprecedented fire raging in western Greenland, but they suspect it is another sign of the impact of climate change in the Arctic.
McGill University’s Climate Change Adaptation Research Group is looking at the potential for using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to assist with search-and-rescue operations in Canada’s eastern Arctic.
Russia sometimes behaves badly, but Arctic politics shows us there is a way to work multilaterally with the country, writes Andrew Chater, an expert in Arctic governance with the Polar Research and Policy Initiative, a U.K. think-tank.
NUNATSIAQ NEWS: Circumpolar food culture could be key to ensuring Indigenous northern peoples’ survival, so the Arctic Council has prepared a compendium to help capture this traditional knowledge.
A new railway project would help Finland and Norway take advantage of melting sea ice to ship products from the Arctic coast. But Indigenous communities fear the rail line would disrupt their reindeer herding traditions.
The former mayor of Clyde River reflects on lessons learned from his community’s legal battle to stop seismic tests they feared would harm marine life and jeopardize ancient hunting traditions.
Warmer temperatures mean the Canadian High Arctic’s shallow lakes are no longer freezing to the bottom, allowing tiny creatures to thrive. Researchers predict these new conditions will be inhospitable to fish and will produce more greenhouse gases.
When Robert Peary set out to reach the North Pole, he took along entire Indigenous families. New research looks at the experiences of the women who came along, whose stories have until recently gone largely untold.
Raw meat is a delicacy in many northern communities, but warming temperatures may be contributing to deadly outbreaks of botulism. Residents are learning to adapt while keeping ancient traditions alive.
Researchers are using Devon Island in Canada’s High Arctic as a stand-in for Mars to help better understand how astronauts could survive the red planet’s hostile environment.
New research aims to better understand how much methane – a potent greenhouse gas – is burbling to the surface of the Mackenzie Valley in Canada’s Northwest Territories as the permafrost thaws.
Melaina Sheldon will soon lead the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship, which teaches young northern Canadians about public policy. The idea, she says, is to help empower the next generation to tackle issues that affect their communities.