GRID Polar Division News

Fourth Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting
GRID-Arendal participated in the Fourth Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting on November 25th 2004, in Reykjavík, Iceland, as an observer. Among other things, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment was accepted by the member countries.
Thursday 25 Nov 2004
New head of polar programme at UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Joan Eamer, MSc (zoology) and BSc (biology), currently Head, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science Section, Environment Canada, has been recruited as GA's Head of Polar Program from 15 February 2005.
Monday 22 Nov 2004
Impacts of a Warming Arctic: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
The Arctic is warming much more rapidly than previously known, at nearly twice the rate as the rest of the globe, and increasing greenhouse gases from human activities are projected to make it warmer still, according to an unprecedented four-year scientific study of the region conducted by an international team of 300 scientists.
Monday 08 Nov 2004
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