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 […]

Arctic environment has ‘knock-on effects around globe’

Changes in the Arctic environment due to climate change could have knock-on effects in Europe and the rest of the world. As well as directly affecting the region’s environment, ecosystems, economy and inhabitants, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) suggests melting ice and increasing pollution could permanently change the Arctic’s role as […]

Arctic warmest it has ever been between 2011 and 2015

The Arctic was warmer between 2011 and 2015 than in any other recorded period. That’s according to a new assessment from the Arctic Council, which suggests if current trends are allowed to continue, they will have increasingly damaging impacts on human health, economies and ecosystems around the world. It suggests implementing the Paris Agreement would limit the […]

MPs launch inquiry into protection of the Arctic

MPs are launching a new inquiry into the UK Government’s approach to protecting the Arctic. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) plans to examine whether existing environmental protections are fit for purpose and if necessary, see how they can be stepped up. A specific area of interest will be to explore how the UK’s promotion of scientific research and best practices increases […]

MEPs vote to ban oil drilling in Arctic

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are calling for measures to protect the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem and ban oil drilling. They pointed out the Arctic has been warming “twice as fast as the global average” and sea ice has been shrinking “significantly” since 1981. They say a ban should be placed on oil drilling in […]

UN: Global heat melts Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to record lows

The equivalent of heatwaves have passed over the Arctic pole, melting the sea ice volume to a record low last month. Antarctic sea ice extent is also the lowest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The Arctic sea ice extent averaged 13.38 million square kilometres last month – 260,000 square kilometres below […]