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 […]

Obama bans more than 100m acres of offshore drilling

Barack Obama has banned oil and gas drilling in large areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean. The President enacted a 1953 law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to make than 100 million acres off-limits for fossil fuel exploration. He co-ordinated the move with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to also shield large areas of […]

Obama blocks oil and gas drilling in Arctic Ocean

President Barack Obama’s Administration has banned new offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The new ruling by the Department of Interior will run from 2017 to 2022 and aims to protect the “fragile and unique Arctic ecosystem” as it is a region that would face “significant risks”. Drilling will not be allowed in the Chukchi […]

Environmental groups sue Norway over Arctic oil drilling

Greenpeace is taking legal action against the Norwegian Government for allowing oil companies to drill in the Arctic. The environmental group, alongside Nature and Youth, stated in the lawsuit that Norway has violated the Paris Agreement and the people’s constitutional right to a healthy and safe environment for future generations. Earlier this year, the Norwegian Ministry of […]

All-electric racing car tackles Arctic ice cap

The world’s first fully-electric racing series has broken new ground again by tackling the Arctic ice cap to raise awareness about global warming. FIA Formula E said winner Lucas di Grassi drove the zero-emission race car in the north of Greenland to attract attention to the amount of sea ice breaking away from the Arctic, […]

Norway awards new licences for oil exploration in the Arctic

Norway has awarded 10 new licences to energy companies for oil exploration in the Arctic. They are a total of 40 blocks, according to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. They have been awarded to 13 companies including ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Statoil and British firms Tullow and Centrica. Three out of the 10 licences awarded […]