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 […]

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 […]