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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HAKAI: Clashes between polar bears and people are on the rise as Arctic sea ice declines. A new digital database aims to track these encounters and could help prevent future attacks.
Representatives from all eight Arctic countries recently gathered in Harstad, Norway, to reflect on the varying definitions and aims of Indigenous art in the North.
An explorer’s wind-powered sled is turning out to be a cleaner, simpler way for polar researchers to do their work studying pollutants on the Greenland ice sheet.
Longer hot, dry spells in the boreal forests that stretch across Alaska and the Northwest Territories create the conditions for wildfires triggered by lightning strikes.
It’s hard to think of a better way to experience Canada Day than to drive along a highway that permanently etched the Canadian state into the northern wilderness, writes Mia Bennett at Cryopolitics.
The Canadian Museum of Nature’s new Arctic gallery features a space dedicated to showcasing Indigenous culture. Its kick-off exhibit offers insights into Inuit communities from the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut.
The ice sheet’s thaw has sped up in recent years – a change that could have a significant impact on global sea levels. Scientific research underway may help explain why.
Thousands of asylum seekers crossed the northernmost border into Europe in 2015, cycling across the boundary between Russia and Norway. Their arrival has stirred memories of earlier waves of refugees and traditions of northern hospitality in the Arctic borderland.
For all the publicity over discoveries of “pizzly” bear hybrids, new research suggests polar bears’ genetic purity isn’t threatened by crossbreeding with grizzlies. But that doesn’t mean polar bears aren’t in trouble.
The World Wildlife Fund spent 18 months scoring how well Arctic nations are meeting their environmental goals. But as the WWF Arctic Programme’s communications chief Clive Tesar explains, the grades are just part of a bigger picture.
WORLD POLICY: Pavel Sulyandziga, an Indigenous rights activist who hails from Russia’s Far East, speaks about the cultural and conservation challenges faced by the Udege people.
With “Kiviuq Returns,” Nunavut’s Qaggiavuut Society brings to the stage an ancient story of a wandering hero in an effort to preserve a part of their culture that was nearly lost.
Musk ox wool is incredibly warm – and extremely pricey. Efforts to domesticate the shaggy Arctic beasts have proven a challenge, but researchers at the University of Alaska’s Large Animal Research Station are having some success.
Revived plans to drill for oil at the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd are prompting outcries from Indigenous people with ancient ties to the herd.
As the U.S. resumes its debate over whether to drill for oil at the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd on Alaska’s north coast, photographer Peter Mather shares some shots and personal experiences with the herd and the Gwich’in, whose culture is tied to it.