Arctic News Roundup: 25-31 October

[Photo by Marc Lanteigne]

by Mingming Shi

1) According to UArctic, this year’s Greenland Science Week will take place from the 1st to 14th of November in several locales in Greenland. The event will include presentations, workshops and films. The main languages of these activities will include Greenlandic, Danish and English. Further information about the program can be found via this link.

2) Stundin, an Iceland-based site for news and analysis, published an article which questioned the necessity of (large scale) conferences about climate change. This piece examined several international events on this subject, including the Arctic Circle Assembly, (which recently concluded its 2021 event in Reykjavík), and the upcoming COP26 government summit in Glasgow. Some experts interviewed in the article concurred that some events could ideally be held online in order to reduce carbon emissions caused by transportation and other related activities.

3) The CBC News service published a story, as part of its ongoing Our Changing Planet series, about how climate change in the Canadian north is negatively affecting nesting patterns of local birds. Warmer temperatures has meant earlier appearances of polar bears, which threaten both bird populations and their nests, as well as affecting northern communities which need to exercise greater caution about larger numbers of bears nearby.

4) Also on the subject of the upcoming environmental meeting in Glasgow, The Economist published a lead story on the difficulties ahead in securing an international deal to combat climate change and to reduce the current pace of global warming. The story argued that although it is unlikely that the Glasgow event will produce the best results, these sorts of government-level gatherings remain crucial for ensuring that the world can take steps, including eventually phasing out fossil fuels, to ensure a safer planet in the future.

5) ABC News in the United States released a video analysis of how melting permafrost of Siberia, Russia, has been reshaping the landscape and causing damage to infrastructure, such as buildings and roads, due to climate change and warming regional temperatures.