Photo: Martin Breum
Marc Jacobsen, May 4, 2016
The only reason why Denmark is an Arctic state is because Greenland is part of the Danish Realm. Without Greenland, Denmark would lose the opportunity of sitting at the table with great powers such as Canada, Russia, and the United States; something which is quite unique for a small state like Denmark. It is of primary importance that Denmark take utmost care of the relationship with Greenland and treat any possible disagreements between Nuuk and Copenhagen with great mutual respect. Through this perspective, it was no surprise that one of Kristian Jensen's first travels as newly appointed foreign minister was to Greenland. During his visit in August 2015 Jensen said: "I am happy that I could come to Greenland this soon. Cooperation with Greenland, the Danish Realm and the whole question of the Arctic is strategically important for me and the government.”
Join The Arctic Institute for the High North Dialogue 2016 in Bodø, North Norway this May.
The EU released its Arctic Policy last week which predictably focused not on high politics, but on climate change, sustainable development, and international cooperation on regional issues (AJ).
A new Arctic Communication by the EU is supposed to set the stage for an “integrated EU Arctic policy.”
Read our three-part analysis. Part I analysed the very meaning of an “integrated EU Arctic policy”. Part II discussed the most visible aspects of this progress: the EU’s approach towards the European Arctic. Part III contextualized the Communication in the broader circumpolar setting of Arctic cooperation.
Infographic:: Greg Workman
Victoria Herrmann, April 26, 2016
Climate change is about more than just carbon emissions. Globally, methane (CH4) is the second most emitted greenhouse gas. And though its lifespan in the atmosphere is much shorter than carbon dioxide, its impact on climate change is 25 times greater over a 100-year period.
Check out our infographic on how methane affects the Arctic.
Photo: Kris Krüg, Flickr
Daria Shapovalova , April 21, 2016
Black carbon has been high on the political agenda of the Arctic Council, and for good reasons. It is believed that immediate reductions of black carbon (BC) emissions might slow the Arctic warming in the next decades…
Check out our infographic on how black carbon affects the Arctic.
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard
Wilfrid Greaves, March 22, 2016
Following a sly piece of last-minute legislative maneuvering, the US Congress is now widely expected to fund a ninth National Security Cutter (NSC) for the Coast Guard. The ninth NSC will join the originally planned eight ships, six of which have already been built.
Photo: Will Greaves
Wilfrid Greaves, March 22, 2016
Environmental changes in the Arctic are driving complex physical and social processes that place circumpolar states and peoples on the frontline of global environmental insecurity. Humanity’s collective impacts on the global biosphere have led to a new geological era...
Photo: Bali Epoch
Youth Perspective Series
Bali Epoch, April 14, 2016
After I was sexually assaulted in Nunavut, a mental health worker grabbed a textbook off her shelf, opened it, and began reading me questions. Before I walked out, I told her I could read a list myself on the internet — before remembering I didn’t have internet because of the outrageous price.
Photo: Deutsch Roemer
Map: Patrick Kelley
Map: The Arctic Institute
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