For those of you who haven’t yet seen it, Greenpeace produced a LEGO-mation video as part of a concerted campaign to convince LEGO to drop its 50-year relationship with Shell due to the company’s Arctic exploration activities. The Arctic-themed video went viral with over six million views. LEGO announced this week that it would end the marketing contract with Shell through which it has been producing Shell-logoed toy sets for several decades (RT). The irony behind the controversy between Shell and LEGO is that, being plastic, LEGOs are made from petroleum products.
Andreas Østhagen, October 9, 2014
Coast guards are the maritime workhorses of coastal states, intent on protecting their sovereign rights to fisheries and petroleum resources, while also safeguarding lives and the environment. In an Arctic Klondike, this institution – which often operates in the shadow of national navies – does the heavy lifting. Yet, striking the right balance on fleet structure, investments, and Arctic presence in times of budget austerity is no easy task for Arctic coastal states. Maritime activity levels in the Arctic are increasing, compared to lower levels throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. It is not the number of trans-arctic voyages, but the number of ships with a destination in the Arctic itself that has predominantly increased.
Photo: Timo Palo
How We Learned to Stop Worrying About China's Arctic Ambitions: Understanding China's Admission to the Arctic Council
Global coverage of Arctic geopolitics since 2007 has fed simplistic narratives about the potential for conflict in the region in ways that the eight Arctic states have struggled to counter.
By Marc Jacobsen, July 28, 2014
One of the first things the Greenlandic politicians will be confronted in with when they return to Inatsisartut, is a legislative proposal by the current Naalakkersuisut that may limit the public’s right to access documents concerning the development of Greenland’s vast raw materials.
Photo: MFA Norway
Although currently occupied with more urgent issues affecting the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, the Council of the European Union, adopted its latest conclusion on the Arctic.
Map: Patrick Kelley
By Malte Humpert, November 23, 2013
Every time Arctic sea ice extent reaches a new record low a host of new reports and studies predict a rapid increase in shipping activities in the Arctic. Expectations are high that Arctic shipping routes, particularly the Northern Sea Route, will rival traditional shipping routes.
By Kathrin Keil, January 13, 2014
The 2013 shipping season along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) concluded in late November when the Russian-flagged „Indiga“ reached its port of destination on 27 November 2013. Expected increases of Arctic transit volumes are significant traffic is predicted to grow to 4 millions tons per year by 2015.
Oil & Gas
By Andreas Østhagen, October 24, 2013
The starting point for regional governments is a desire for economic development and prosperity. Whether the end-goal is economic independence or sustaining higher levels of income, this has led some Arctic regions pursuing natural resource development at a rapid pace.
Map: Patrick Kelley
By The Arctic Institute, September 1, 2014
Map: own work
By Malte Humpert, September 21, 2014
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