Arctic Agenda

17-10-2021

Danish FM: Important to keep the Arctic conflict-free

It must be the Arctic states that are in the driver’s seats to create resilience in the region, Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod told EURACTIV. Kofod spoke to Global Europe reporter Alexandra Brzozowski on the sidelines of the Arctic Circle...
14-10-2021

EU bids to step up green diplomacy in the Arctic

Convincing other countries to pursue a ban on exploiting new fossil fuel deposits in the Arctic will require diplomatic efforts, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV as the European Commission unveiled a new Arctic strategy on Wednesday (13 October) in response to growing geopolitical tensions in the region.
18-05-2021

Russia, US tout cooperation ahead of Arctic Council meeting

With a warming climate melting more Arctic ice cover and global industries eager to exploit the region for shipping, fishing, drilling and mining, the United States and Russia sounded a rare, cooperative note going into an Arctic meeting this week.
07-04-2021

Nordic countries set up Sámi reconciliation commissions to investigate indigenous injustices

Colonial era policies in northern Scandinavia continue to affect Sámi life, culture and land use. Meanwhile, truth commissions are being set up and aim to investigate injustices against Indigenous people carried out by the states. There are an estimated 100,000...
09-02-2021

We want to choose our way of life, Arctic youth urge policymakers

As the EU works on its Arctic policy update, to be published by the end of this year, youth representatives from the European Arctic have called on policymakers to ensure that Arctic youth and Indigenous peoples are included in the actions that will directly affect their futures.
Energy 09-11-2020

Norway plans heavy oil ban around Svalbard

The Norwegian government has announced plans to ban heavy fuel oil (HFO), a dirty marine fuel that propels most vessels, around its Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The effort comes as UN efforts have been deemed too slow.
China 20-10-2020

As the Arctic’s attractions mount, Greenland is a security black hole

On a windy August afternoon in 2017, Akitsinnguaq Ina Olsen was relaxing in the old harbour of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, when a Chinese icebreaker sailed unannounced into the Arctic island’s territorial waters.
Shipping 03-09-2020

Arctic shipping study exposes flaws in planned fuel ban

A proposed ban on polluting ship fuel in Arctic waters would only eliminate 5% of the most harmful climate-busting emissions due to a raft of waivers and exemptions, a new study warned on Thursday (3 September).

Norway plans to drill for oil in untouched Arctic areas

Norway is planning to expand oil drilling in previously untouched areas of the Arctic, a move campaigners say threatens the fragile ecosystem and could spark a military standoff with Russia.
23-07-2020

With geopolitics in mind, EU opens consultation on future Arctic strategy

Four years after the EU adopted its Arctic Policy, it is preparing work on a new strategy document. In the meantime, the race for the Arctic accelerates. The EU’s new Arctic Ambassador, Michael Mann, appointed in April, told EURACTIV earlier...
22-07-2020

A year after diplomatic tussle over Greenland, Pompeo visits Denmark

A year after the US and Denmark butted heads over President Donald Trump's offer to buy Greenland, his secretary of state is visiting the Nordic country on Wednesday (22 July), with Arctic issues at the top of the agenda.
Climate change 07-07-2020

Siberian temperatures hit June record, fires spread

Temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared to a record average for June amid a heat wave that is stoking some of the worst wildfires the region has ever known, fresh EU data showed on Tuesday (7 July).
23-06-2020

UN says seeking to verify Arctic heat record

The United Nations said Tuesday (23 June) it was working to verify reports of a new Arctic record temperature of 38 degrees Celsius in a Siberian town over the weekend. The suspected record temperature was measured in the Russian town...
04-06-2020

EU’s new Arctic policy still work in progress, ambassador admits

Under the helm of the Finnish presidency last autumn, the EU's new maritime and space policies made special reference to the Arctic region, and ministers agreed to update the EU’s Arctic policy strategy drafted in 2016.
Climate change 28-05-2020

Scientists warn of ‘zombie fires’ in the Arctic

Dormant "zombie fires" scattered across the Arctic region – remnants of record blazes last year – may be coming to life after an unusually warm and dry Spring, scientists warned Wednesday (27 May).
09-03-2020

Russia significantly steps up Arctic engagement with new strategy

Thirteen years after a Russian-led polar expedition planted the country’s flag on the Arctic Ocean sea bed directly under the North Pole, Moscow published its 15-year Arctic masterplan on Thursday (5 March), confirming its growing appetite for the polar region.
30-01-2020

Norway’s ‘northernmost Chinatown’ eyes Beijing’s Arctic investments

Each year, during the Lunar New Year celebrations, a small Arctic Chinatown takes shape near Norway's border with Russia and Finland. It's an indication of how China, though a non-Arctic state, is increasingly eyeing opportunities in the region.
30-01-2020

Arctic countries puzzled about EU’s engagement in the region

Three years after the EU adopted its Arctic Policy, it is preparing work on a new strategy document. But countries in the region are confused about what the bloc really wants. Last December, the Council of Ministers under Finnish leadership,...
28-01-2020

New ‘Arctic paradox’ emerges, as economy and ecology seek balance

As the world pushes for stronger climate measures to stop the destruction of the Arctic, many countries are also keen to take advantage of the region's new opportunities in shipping, mining, drilling and security.
21-08-2019

Trump cancels Denmark visit after PM refuses to sell Greenland to US

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (20 August) called off a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country’s prime minister rebuffed his idea of purchasing Greenland.
Climate change 02-07-2019

‘Precipitous’ fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed

The vast expanse of sea ice around Antarctica has suffered a “precipitous” fall since 2014, satellite data shows, and fell at a faster rate than seen in the Arctic, EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Climate change 09-05-2019

US breaks from Arctic consensus on climate change

At a meeting of the Arctic Council, secretary of state Mike Pompeo refused to identify global warming as a threat, instead hailing an oil rush as sea ice melts. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
Global Europe 07-05-2019

Pompeo: Russia is ‘aggressive’ in Arctic, China’s work there also needs watching

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday (6 May) that Russia is behaving aggressively in the Arctic and China’s actions there had to be watched closely as well, amid growing divisions in the polar region over global warming and access to minerals.
03-05-2019

Pentagon warns on risk of Chinese submarines in Arctic

Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday (2 May).