Women in the Arctic and Antarctic

Posted on 8 February 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Danita Burke. My name is Danita Catherine Burke and I am an international politics and Arctic politics scholar with over 12 years of experience doing Polar research. I am from Newfoundland, Canada and I current live in Denmark. I have an undergraduate (honours) degree in Political Science with a minor in Business and a
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Ny-Ålesund and the ascent of science on Svalbard

Posted on 1 February 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Eric Paglia. Svalbard is currently undergoing a significant socio-economic transition, with coalmining—once the primary economic activity and raison d’être for all Svalbard settlements—in rapid decline. Mining proved unprofitable for much of the coal era, while blackening Norway’s claims of enlightened stewardship of the Svalbard environment and damaging its international image as a country of
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The winding road of Arctic reality television

Posted on 28 January 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Derek Moscato. Canada’s 137 km Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway—built atop permafrost and traversing a polar landscape dotted with thousands of lakes and streams—just recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. In the years leading up to its construction, Canadians debated the merits of bridging the Arctic coastline to the rest of the country. Former Canadian Prime
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Arctic on Fire

Posted on 18 January 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Edward Struzik.          In August 2017, a series of wildfires smouldered on the tundra near the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. The biggest of these fires burned 3,000 acres. It was small by most wildfire standards, but enormous and unheard-of on a frigid island that is mostly covered by ice. The following summer, the normally
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‘Peopling’ the Arctic

Posted on 18 January 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Ingrid Medby. When Arctic political relations make it into international news – often under a headline of competition or crisis – it is not unusual that the actors in these stories are states: The Arctic states ‘do’ this, ‘think’ that; the states compete and claim. This might be the language of media and everyday
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Polar Entanglements: A new perspective to explain political dynamics in the Polar Regions

Posted on 18 January 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Dorothea Wehrmann. For a long time the Arctic and the Antarctic have been framed as “our planet’s last great frontiers”, as regions containing untapped resource reserves where the management of activities in a harsh “unforgiving” environment is also seen as contributing to a prestigious reputation. At present, with the experience of global climate change,
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Arctic Triumph: Northern Innovation and Persistence

Posted on 18 January 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Nikolas Sellheim, Yuliya V. Zaika, and Ilan Kelman. Think about how many times you have come across the sentence “The Arctic is changing”. Indeed, as it has always been doing, the Arctic is changing with the changes today being particularly rapid, socially and environmentally—and their interactions. With the changes in the Arctic, come changes for
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