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Vital Arctic Graphics (2004 edition)Vital Arctic Graphics (2004 edition)
Vital Arctic Graphics is a compilation of illustrations and case studies intended to describe the Arctic, the livelihoods of Arctic indigenous peoples and the future well-being of this region. It summarizes some of the key threats to the future sustainability of the Arctic including the rapid pace of climate change, worrying levels of persistent organic and heavy metal pollutants, and increasing natural resource exploration. The coastal regions are particularly important to the peoples of the Arctic and their current protection status is therefore given particular focus. This edition was prepared for the UNEP Governing council 2004, and has since been superceded by Vital Arctic Graphics http://maps.grida.no/go/collection/collectionid/415C76C8-85AD-4135-B0D4-A0D5FA0C557D
Available online at: http://www.grida.no/publications/vg/arctic/
Nuclear activities in the Arctic over the last 50 years Nuclear activities in the Arctic over the last 50 years
Numerous nuclear explosions have taken place in the Arctic. One of the largest military nuclear testing facilities is on the island of Novaya Zemlya, where from 1955 through to 1990 the Soviet Union detonated 88 atmospheric, 29 underground, and 3 underwater nuclear devices. Dozens of civilian 'peaceful nuclear explosions' have also occured in the Russian Arctic, where nuclear bombs were used into the late 1980's for seismic studies, mining, and i...
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Dates of river ice break-up in the Arctic Dates of river ice break-up in the Arctic
Dates of river ice break-up in the Arctic
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Russia, Arctic indigenous population Russia, Arctic indigenous population
Depending on the definition of the boundaries of the region, the Arctic is home to some 4 million inhabitants. Roughly one-third of this total population is indigenous peoples, spread over numerous communities around the Arctic. The indigenous proportion of each polar region varies significantly- from 88% of the regional population in Nunavut Territory in Canada (the Inuit), to 2.5% in the North of Scandanavia and the Kola Peninsulathat (the Saam...
03 Oct 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Canada, Arctic indigenous population Canada, Arctic indigenous population
Depending on the definition of the boundaries of the region, the Arctic is home to some 4 million inhabitants. Roughly one-third of this total population is indigenous peoples, spread over numerous communities around the Arctic. The indigenous proportion of each polar region varies significantly- from 88% of the regional population in Nunavut Territory in Canada (the Inuit), to 2.5% in the North of Scandanavia and the Kola Peninsulathat (the Saam...
03 Oct 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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How much sea ice will be left in 2050? How much sea ice will be left in 2050?
Climate simulations suggest continued rapid loss of Arctic sea-ice. The observations of indigenous peoples also indicate unprecedented change. The loss of the Arctic sea-ice will have vast impacts on climate, livelihoods and biodiversity.
21 Mar 2006 - by Author: K. Dixon & H. Vahlenkamp, October 1998, December 1999, February 2004; Layout: Petter Sevaldsen (UNEP/GRID-Arendal)
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Traditional practices, infrastructure and development Traditional practices, infrastructure and development
Indigneous peoples have lived in Arctic for thousands of years, and continue to depend upon the natural resources of the region today. Their traditional subsistence practices include hunting, trapping, fishing and reindeer herding. All of which are conducted in a sustainable manner; that is, in a way that does not lead to long-term or large-scale degredation of the environment. However, the balance they have achieved with the environment through...
21 Mar 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Distribution of Saami dialects Distribution of Saami dialects
Saami dialects distribution with data from snowchange project. Graphic prepared for a case study in the 2004 edition of Vital Arctic Graphics on reindeer hearding, Saami and climate change in the Barents Region.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Cesium 137 from nuclear weapon testing fallout (1995 figures) Cesium 137 from nuclear weapon testing fallout (1995 figures)
Nuclear explosions - especially the atmospheric tests in the Arctic and from US, UK and Chinese tests at other sites in the world - are the primary source of radioactive contamination in the Arctic. With the times needed for decomposition of nuclear fallout, these higher radiation levels subsists for longer times.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Nordic countries, Arctic indigenous population Nordic countries, Arctic indigenous population
Depending on the definition of the boundaries of the region, the Arctic is home to some 4 million inhabitants. Roughly one-third of this total population is indigenous peoples, spread over numerous communities around the Arctic. The indigenous proportion of each polar region varies significantly- from 88% of the regional population in Nunavut Territory in Canada (the Inuit), to 2.5% in the North of Scandanavia and the Kola Peninsulathat (the Saam...
03 Oct 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Places named by inuinnait toponyms in the regions covered by maps at a scale of 1:50,000 Places named by inuinnait toponyms in the regions covered by maps at a scale of 1:50,000
Place names, which are part of the Inuit Oral tradition, are closely related to the stories that also make up Oral tradition. Indeed, many stories are linked to special places, which are mentioned when a story is told. This is illustrated by the mapping of Inuinnnait place names mentioned in the stories of the Oral tradition as it was recorded by Diamond Jenness in 1914-1916, Knud Rasmussen in 1923 and Maurice Métayer (OMI) in 1958.
21 Mar 2006 - by Beatrice Collignon, Sorbonne University
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Unalakleet community in Alaska Unalakleet community in Alaska
Location and Climate: Unalakleet is a small coastal community on Norton Sound, at the mouth of the Unalakleet River, 395 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. Unalakleet has a sub-Arctic climate with considerable influence of the nearby sea when Norton Sound is ice-free, usually from May to October. Winters are cold and dry.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Greenland, indigenous population Greenland, indigenous population
Depending on the definition of the boundaries of the region, the Arctic is home to some 4 million inhabitants. Roughly one-third of this total population is indigenous peoples, spread over numerous communities around the Arctic. The indigenous proportion of each polar region varies significantly- from 88% of the regional population in Nunavut Territory in Canada (the Inuit), to 2.5% in the North of Scandanavia and the Kola Peninsulathat (the Saa...
03 Oct 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Global atmospheric and underground nuclear explosions since 1945 Global atmospheric and underground nuclear explosions since 1945
Nuclear explosions - especially the atmospheric tests in the Arctic and from US, UK and Chinese tests at other sites in the world - are the primary source of radioactive contamination in the Arctic. Releases from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in Europe are the second largest source of Arctic radioactivity, while the Chernobyl reactor accicent is the third.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Northern Atlantic Ocean: maritime delimitation and disputes Northern Atlantic Ocean: maritime delimitation and disputes
Overview of the geopolitical situation in the European sector of the Arctic. Despite ongoing discussions, Russia and Norway continue to dispute their maritime limits in the Barent's Sea. The sea is relevant for shipping, mineral resources (oil) and fisheries.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Vital Arctic Graphics (postcards) Vital Arctic Graphics (postcards)
Promotional postcards prepare for marketing the 2004 edition of Vital Arctic Graphics, highlighting some of the themes and slides with map cut-outs and quotes from the text - on people and the environment of the Arctic.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, Petter Sevaldsen, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Arctic Russia under the threat of radioecologic pollution Arctic Russia under the threat of radioecologic pollution
Shows Arctic Russia under the threat of radioecologic pollution and the White and Kara Seas, Kola and Novaya Zemlya.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Alaska, indigenous population Alaska, indigenous population
Depending on the definition of the boundaries of the region, the Arctic is home to some 4 million inhabitants. Roughly one-third of this total population is indigenous peoples, spread over numerous communities around the Arctic. The indigenous proportion of each polar region varies significantly- from 88% of the regional population in Nunavut Territory in Canada (the Inuit), to 2.5% in the North of Scandanavia and the Kola Peninsulathat (the Saam...
03 Oct 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Seasonal alternation of the Kangiryuarmiut (early 20th century) Seasonal alternation of the Kangiryuarmiut (early 20th century)
Place names, which are part of the Inuit Oral tradition, are closely related to the stories that also make up Oral tradition. Indeed, many stories are linked to special places, which are mentioned when a story is told. This is illustrated by the mapping of Inuinnnait place names mentioned in the stories of the Oral tradition as it was recorded by Diamond Jenness in 1914-1916, Knud Rasmussen in 1923 and Maurice Métayer (OMI) in 1958.
21 Mar 2006 - by Beatrice Collignon, Sorbonne University
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Dates of river ice freeze-up in the Arctic Dates of river ice freeze-up in the Arctic
Presenting the relative dates of river freeze-up in the Arctic and the climatic condititions surrounding that, thus outlining the relative changes in temperature and conditions throughout the circumpolar Arctic.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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