About: Arctic

Transport 23-08-2018

Shipping giant announces trial run of Arctic sea route

Danish shipping company Maersk will this week send for the first time one of its ships along the Northern Sea Route, an Arctic shipping lane along Russia’s northern coastline that is set to become more important as climate change makes it more viable.
Climate change 24-07-2018

Greece seeks help from EU allies to tackle raging fires

Greece has appealed for help from other countries to help tackle a spate of fires which were raging uncontrolled in the country on Monday (23 July), its fire brigade said.
Energy 30-03-2018

Faria MEP: Offshore Safety Directive is ripe for reform

The Portuguese lawmaker behind the most recent European Parliament resolution on the safety of offshore drilling, told EURACTIV why he opposes moves to open up oil and gas fields in European waters, not least in his home country Portugal.
Economy & Jobs 28-03-2018

China in Greenland: A call for deeper EU political engagement

Without a deeper political agenda, the EU might rapidly lose ground in Greenland to the benefit of China, write André Gattolin and Damien Degeorges.
Climate change 22-03-2018

Extreme weather events on the rise, European scientists warn

Extreme weather events are on the rise due to man-made climate change, according to a consensus report by Europe's scientific academies, which called for urgent action to make sure infrastructure and society itself is ready to adapt to the new climate.
Climate change 19-03-2018

UN Arctic chief: ‘Climate change isn’t linear – it’s accelerating’

Climate change is most evident in the Polar Regions and its impact will serve as a litmus test for what happens to the rest of the planet, the UN’s chief Arctic adviser told EURACTIV in an interview.
Global Europe 02-06-2017

The Arctic: Rebooting the European software

After failing again to become a permanent observer to the Arctic Council, the European Union needs to rethink itself when it comes to the Arctic, write André Gattolin and Damien Degeorges.
Global Europe 12-09-2016

The omissions of the EU’s new Arctic policy

Nations both close and distant to the Arctic Circle are increasingly becoming engaged in the North, as the European Union’s new policy for the Arctic shows. The plan is a step forward, but it speaks volumes by what it leaves out, writes Antonia Sohns.
Global Europe 27-04-2016

EU wants to boost Arctic ties with Russia despite Ukraine tensions

The EU is ready to step up cooperation with Russia on the future of the Arctic despite tensions between Brussels and Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday (27 April).
Energy 08-02-2016

Norwegian energy minister: We will drill until gas reserves run out

Norway will be on its last third of natural gas reserves by 2035, much of it in the Arctic, and almost all of it destined for the EU market, the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy told EURACTIV in an interview. Tord Lien said production would stop once the reserves were gone.
Transport 02-02-2016

Killing three birds with one stone in the Arctic

The use of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic could have disastrous consequences. Banning this fuel would protect the region’s rich wildlife, improve human health and benefit the climate, writes Sue Libenson.
Med & South 12-11-2015

Norway demands answers from Moscow over Arctic migrant route

An increasingly popular route for migrants to cross Russia and into Norway has Oslo angered and worried as winter approaches, while commentators suspect Moscow is deliberately creating problems for its neighbour.
Global Europe 26-08-2015

Think tank: NATO and Russia need new rules to avoid war

Russia and NATO must agree on common rules to handle unexpected military encounters to reduce the risk of inadvertently triggering a war between Moscow and the West, a group of former foreign and defence ministers said today (26 August).

Polar bears suffer from cooling of Russia-NATO relations

A mission to assess the polar bear population in the Barents Sea has been partially cancelled, after Russia refused Norwegian scientists access to its territory. EURACTIV France reports
Development Policy 07-05-2015

Greenpeace India could close within a month due to government crackdown

Greenpeace India will be forced to close within a month with the loss of 340 jobs because of a government crackdown on its funding, the organisation’s chief has warned.
Climate change 21-03-2014

EU and the Arctic: from ‘rule maker’ to ‘growth facilitator’?

The EU confirmed its engagement in Arctic development by securing an ambitious, new EU-Greenland Partnership Agreement for 2014-2020. The European Parliament also passed a new resolution on the Arctic. However, the challenge for the EU is to be perceived as a ‘growth facilitator’ rather than as a ‘rule maker’ in the region, writes Damien Degeorges.

Greenland and the Arctic: Still a role for the EU

As the financing of major projects in Greenland will probably come from Asia and given Greenland’s characteristics, the self-ruled territory needs to strengthen its political ties with its direct neighbourhood and historical partners: the Nordic region, the European Union and the United States, writes Damien Degeorges.
Regional Policy 25-04-2013

The Arctic Council needs to open up

Set up initially as an intergovernmental forum to promote cooperation among Arctic states, the Council is failing to adequately accommodate rising interest from outside the region and needs reform, argues, Roderick Kefferpütz.

EU hopes for Arctic observer status ‘around summer’

The European Union is intensifying its campaign to join the Arctic Council, hoping to wield greater influence over a region thought to hold huge undiscovered oil and gas reserves.
Energy 16-01-2013

UK seeks to water down Arctic oil drilling proposals

The UK government is seeking to water down planned EU regulations on deep-sea oil drilling, even while insisting to MPs that it wants "robust environmental protection" for oil drilling in the Arctic.

Arctic Sea ice loss will cause ‘pronounced’ future melt, study finds

A new study has found that Arctic Sea ice melt is creating a warming spiral, with the thinner winter sheets that replace long-term sea ice absorbing more solar heat and energy.
Energy 22-10-2012

BP turns to government in Russian venture

BP is ending a stormy relationship with Russian tycoons from a company known as AAR and is instead targeting a partnership with government-owned Rosneft. The deal, worth over $25 billion (€19.18 billion) could give the British oil company a stake of between 16% and 20% in the Russian oil giant. 
Climate change 10-10-2012

Lawmakers turn down EU Arctic drilling moratorium

The European Parliament’s industry committee has rejected attempts to introduce a moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, overruling a contrary vote by its environment committee last month.
Climate change 10-09-2012

Climate change expert calls for geoengineering and nuclear ‘binge’ to avert global warming

A leading British academic has called for accelerated research into futuristic geo-engineering and a worldwide nuclear power station "binge" to avoid runaway global warming.