While rapid climate change is opening up growing portions of the Arctic to more ship traffic and economic activity, it’s also making navigation in northern latitudes more risky and treacherous, experts warn.
Despite growing tensions between Russia and NATO in Eastern and Northern Europe, the eight Arctic nations are pushing ahead with an ambitious program to deepen the collaboration of their coast guards in the north.
Officials from five Arctic countries and five major distant fishing powers reached an “unprecedented” agreement Thursday on a legally binding international accord that will protect nearly three million square kilometres of the Central Arctic Ocean from unregulated fishing.
Canada’s decision to halt offshore oil and gas exploration in the Arctic is akin to the re-emergence of colonialism, says the premier of Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) as he called for « an urgent national debate on the future of the Northwest Territories, » in a blistering news statement released on Wednesday.
Ocean acidification combined with warming of the world oceans and loss of oxygen is having a severe impact on key Arctic marine species such as polar cod in the Barents Sea, according to a new study conducted by German scientists.
A group of high-profile scientists specializing in Arctic research is urging the five Arctic coastal states and the five major distant-fishing players to finalize discussions on signing an international agreement on regulating any future fishery in the Central Arctic Ocean.