Researchers ‘shocked’ by amount of plastic waste falling in Arctic as snow

Researchers recorded more than 10,000 particles per litre in some of their samples taken from the region’s Svalbard islands

Drought
Warmer Arctic temperatures ‘could cause drought elsewhere’

A new report suggests results this results in less precipitation, weaker cyclones and weaker wind flows around the rest of the world

Arctic landscape
President Trump’s order to reopen Arctic to oil drilling was ‘unlawful’

The current US President attempted to overrule a ban brought in by Barack Obama prohibiting offshore drilling in the region

Oil rig in the Arctic
EAC: Government has rejected calls to end oil and gas exploration in the Arctic

The Environmental Audit Committee says fossil fuel activity in the region is incompatible with international climate obligations

EAC: Oil and gas exploration in Arctic incompatible with green goals

MPs have said the government must concentrate on meeting its climate change commitments

Solar-powered boat to tackle Arctic ice

Brittany-based Anne Quéméré plans to travel between the Canadian villages of Tuktoyaktuk and Pond Inlet

HSBC not banking on coal power stations

The new policy will apply globally except for three countries where projects may be given exemption “if no reasonable energy alternative can be found”

MPs launch inquiry into changing climate in Arctic

The Environmental Audit Committee will assess how the Arctic is changing and what the UK Government has achieved through its policy framework set out in 2013

Greenpeace appeals after losing Norwegian Arctic oil drilling lawsuit

Greenpeace has launched an appeal after an Oslo court rejected its bid to block oil drilling in the Arctic. The environmental group had argued that Norway’s oil and gas exploration in the Arctic violates people’s right to a clean environment. However, the court said a licensing round in 2015 that awarded offshore exploration rights to […]

Arctic has reached ‘new normal’ warmer temperatures

The Arctic has reached “new normal” warmer temperatures and is unlikely to again see the high levels of ice cover witnessed in the past. That’s according to the latest edition of an annual report from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which tracks the region’s changing climate. It says the Arctic environment has […]