The lack of ice-going vessels is holding back the development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). Indian and Chinese shipyards hope to jump into the gap and construct vessels.
The Que Sera has been hired by Pacifique, a Geneva-based foundation that combines science, education and art on board its sailing ships. They have just crossed the Canadian Arctic, with its tortuous inlets, ice and gales.
Sea ice cover in the Southern Ocean has remained well below the long-term average practically since the beginning of this year, leading scientists to conclude that Antarctic sea ice has entered a new state.
If we maintain the current climate, the rate of melting of the Antarctic glaciers will reach a point of no return within 400 years on average, but each additional tenth of a degree of warming brings us closer to this deadline.
Reducing the risk of introducing harmful species and pathogens into South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is the priority of the Biosecurity Handbook’s new edition that has just been published online.
Within decades, the strong warming of the Arctic leads to the formation of polygon patterns in the Arctic permafrost and to the formation of new rivers.
An incident that is so far benign is challenging the Danish rescue system in eastern Greenland, a classic navigational error in poorly hydrographed areas.
Beavers are moving further into the tundra as the Arctic warms with their construction activities causing a higher release of the greenhouse gas methane.
A beetle introduced to Kerguelen, Merizodus soledadinus, is so active that it is thought to be capable of eradicating the archipelago’s native flies. Scientists at the French Polar Institute have discovered that its predatory activity does not diminish as its population grows and its prey diminishes.
Students in Nunavut are facing a back-to-school period marked by a shortage of teachers and infrastructure problems partly linked to old buildings.
Two huge areas in Alaska’s North Slope Borough, the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, will see oil and gas production drastically restricted following a decision by US President Joe Biden.
The first international polar summit will be held in Paris in November, organized by Olivier Poivre d’Arvor and attended by President Emmanuel Macron. An opportunity to bring the polar programming bill to life and refine French strategy.
Greenland is planning reforms to reduce expenditure and increase revenue. A finance bill and a proposal to relax the law on dividends will be debated in the Greenland Parliament at the end of the month.
The first of two “Foundation Expeditions” of the Ocean Warrior project started last Friday in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
The International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystems warns of the threat posed by biological invasions to biodiversity, health and the economy – a major problem for biodiversity conservation in the sub-Antarctic islands.
Racism and lack of health care providers mean that Indigenous women in Canada are generally in a poorer health condition than non-Indigenous women.
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