Arctic News Roundup: 9-15 March

[Photo by Marc Lanteigne]
by Mingming Shi

1) Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir and her cabinet have agreed to adopt specific economic measures to ease the damage to tourism and related sectors due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. The relief package includes the granting of some affected companies a postponement of tax payments, according to RÚV.

2) Live Science reported on one of the latest studies from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) about ice melting in the Polar Regions, namely Antarctica and primarily Greenland, which have witnessed a volume of ice loss which since the 1990s has increased sixfold. Greenland, the biggest island in the world located in the high North, has the second-largest ice sheet next to the Antarctic.

3) The Nordic countries are preparing a more active response to the COVID-19 crisis, and according to the AFP / The Local Norway, the situation in the region has differed somewhat from other parts of the world.