“Cold Front: Conflict Ahead in Arctic Waters”

A new book by David Fairhall: “The Arctic. Land of ice and the six-month day, irresistible goal for explorers and adventurers, enduring source of romance and mystery, and now also a poignant and unavoidable indicator of the impact of climate change. As the ice cap shrinks, the geography of the entire Arctic region changes—clear shipping … Continue reading

A toast to absent friends

Lupin, the brilliant Junkie, the man who broke into Station One with nothing but a screwdriver and a pack of smokes…. Who would have thought I ever meet that bastard again. And who would have thought that I would meet him on a train to Moscow. The train security caught him smoking out of the … Continue reading

China: Baby polar bear in special care after being rejected by mum in zoo

A baby polar bear born in a Chinese Zoo is being hand-reared after being rejected by her mother. Staff at Penglai Ocean Polar Region World are caring for the cub in an incubator after she suffered problems with her digestion and breathing. The cub has also been suffering from severe malnutrition because she has not … Continue reading

Military cooperation and war over resources in the Arctic

I found this article from The Voice of Russia on my way to Moscow. China starts to get interested in the Arctic too now: “Ottawa is considering the construction of the Royal Canadian Air Force base at Resolute Bay, Nunavut, which is to have a 3,000-metre paved runway to accept heavy cargo aircrafts and ensure … Continue reading

Russia finds legal way to dig further into Arctic shelf

“Russia may be the largest country in the world but some think it is still not big enough. They plan to get closer to the vast maritime resources in the Arctic by expanding Russia’s jurisdiction further north. Officials say the expansion will be possible if Russia slightly changes its approach to the calculation of the … Continue reading

Arctic Report Card 2011

Tracking recent environmental changes, with 23 essays on different aspects of the environment, by a team of 112 international authors, and independently peer-reviewed by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Arctic Council. More information and a PDF of the entire report can be found here. A major conclusion of the 2011 update to … Continue reading

Life in Greenland’s polar desert

Stephen Pax Leonard from the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge has written a couple of stories for The Guardian in the polar region which you can find here. You should read “The disappearing world of the last of the Arctic hunters”. Here’s the latest one for The Observer : “Stephen Pax … Continue reading

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen is a 2006 Canadian-Danish film about the pressures on the traditional Inuit culture when explorer Knud Rasmussen introduces European cultural influences. Produced by Isuma, the film was directed by Zacharias Kunuk, who also directed the award-winning Inuit film Atanarjuat, and Norman Cohn. It premiered on September 7, 2006 at the … Continue reading

“What A Wonderful World” – David Attenborough

This short film presents David Attenborough’s unique and beautiful take on natural history.

This is where things get really, really hot…

Oh, you clicked on that headline…. I still haven’t figured out how to change this section, duh….! Sorry, I still got some work to do here, but there will be more content soon.