Arctic News Roundup: 1-7 June

[Photo by Marc Lanteigne]
by Mingming Shi

1) OtC Chief Editor Marc Lanteigne published a commentary on the recent diesel oil leakage incident in Norilsk, Russia, and the potential effects of the spill on Moscow’s developing Arctic development policies. 

2) The Government of Iceland announced that it will donate the total amount of ISK 500 million (US$3.8 million) to promote international vaccination projects. This contribution will be made to both the Gavi Vaccine Alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI).

3) This week, as CBC News reported, hundreds of protestors in the Yukon cities of Dawson City and Whitehorse gathered to march against to protest anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. These demonstrations took place in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States and around the world. 

4) Eight houses were swept into the sea by a massive mudslide near the town of Alta in northern Norway, as reported by Reuters. There were no injuries. Much of the Nordic Arctic region had received high levels of snowfall over the past winter, and meltwater had raised regional alerts for mudslides and avalanches. 

5) The High North News published an interview with a professor of political science at the University of Tromsø about the difficult relationship between the United States and NATO and the potential effects on Arctic security policies.

6) The Reykjavík Grapevine, a local news website in Iceland, reported on an incident of racism that a young baby and his parents encountered in the country.