GRID Polar Division News

New UNEP report warns of threats to unique Arctic ecosystem
Over-fishing of cod and haddock, nuclear waste storage, the invasion of the Red King crab and a projected six-fold increase in oil and gas transportation are some of the issues threatening the unique Barents Sea Arctic ecosystem scientists are warning.
Tuesday 24 Aug 2004
GA side event: The Arctic - a barometer of global change
GRID-Arendal hosts a unique side event at the Commission of Sustainable Development meeting in New York 26 April. The side event: The Arctic - a Barometer of Global Change and a Catalyst for Global Action will join Borge Brende, the Norwegian Minister for the Environment, Sheila Watt-Clouthier, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, Dr. Oran Young, Chair of the Arctic Human Development Report and other high level people in a discussion about the implications to sustianable development in both a global and regional context and the necessary steps to be taken.
Friday 16 Apr 2004
New Vital Arctic Graphics now on web site
A series of unique graphics on the Arctic are now available online on a new web site for the Vital Arctic Graphics. The graphics outline key issues in climate change, pollution, and development of the Arctic, paying special attention to human environment interactions, and specifically highlighting the perspectives of Arctic indigenous peoples.
Thursday 01 Apr 2004
Get the Arctic on postcards
Now the Arctic can reach the world on four newly released postcards on the Arctic environment. The four cards portray oil and gas extraction, pollutant pathways, agglomerations and settlements and the distribution of permafrost in the Arctic. GRID-Arendal has produced the postcards as a taste of the coming Vital Arctic Graphics to be launched later this year.
Sunday 28 Mar 2004
Arctic faces drastic change without EU policy action
The Arctic’s unique environment and indigenous peoples are under increasing threat from industrial activities and the region is likely to change drastically unless decision-makers in the European Union and elsewhere address the challenges seriously.
Monday 15 Mar 2004
GA Stockholm office hosts policy seminar on climate change
GA Stockholm office is hosting half a day seminar on Policies in Response to Impending Climate Change - Challenges For This Century on Friday 12 March 2004. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director for UNEP, Lena Sommestad, Minister for the Environment in Sweden and Steinar Sorensen, Managing Director GRID-Arendal will discuss policy responses moderated by Swedish environment journalist Henrik Ekman.
Thursday 04 Mar 2004
Stockholm Convention on POPs to enter into force
The 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) will become legally binding on 17 May 2004, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.
Friday 20 Feb 2004
GA launches third Environment Times
The Polar Environment Times No 3 was launched at the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Polar Environment Times features articles from several of the ministers that went to Svalbard in August, views on Antarctica and a story on NATO bombing Saami ranges in northern Norway. To read the Polar Environment Times: or email:
Wednesday 22 Oct 2003
Arctic science and policy workshop
GRID-Arendal, UNEP's Key Polar Centre, is hosting a workshop 15-16 September with representatives from Arctic Indigneous Peoples' organizations, the Arctic Council, scientists and policy experts.
Thursday 11 Sep 2003
Power Stations Threaten People and Wildlife with Mercury Poisoning
Mercury poisoning of the planet could be significantly reduced by curbing pollution from power stations.
Monday 03 Feb 2003