GRID Polar Division News

Revealed: The Himalaya Meltdown - premieres in Oslo
(09 Feburary 2011) - 50,000 glaciers are rapidly shrinking in the Himalayan region threatening several hundred million lives and livelihoods throughout Asia. Revealed: The Himalayan Meltdown, adocumentary co-produced by UNDP and Arrowhead Films, examines how communities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal seek to adapt to their shrinking mountain habitat which is crucial source for irrigation, drinking water and energy.
Friday 10 Feb 2012
Working to promote nature photography through Arctic universities
January 30-February 5, 2012 - GRID-Arendal's Lawrence Hislop is attending a University of Lapland and UArctic workshop to explore collaboration on Arctic Nature Photography. The meetings started in Kuusamo at the Oulanka Research Station, University of Oulu where Riku Paavola, Director of the Research Station introduced the station’s photography related activities.
Friday 03 Feb 2012
GRID-Arendal delivers media training to the next generation of Arctic researchers
21 January 2011 - Lawrence Hislop from GRID-Arendal led a training workshop together with the ReCo project at University of Tromso. The workshop involved PhD students who are using new communication technologies to help explain their research. 25 students were divided into five groups and each made a three-minute documentary film explaining the core findings in their research. Some of these films will be submitted to competitions to further exposure.
Thursday 26 Jan 2012
Bringing stories of climate resilience from the Arctic to Africa
The message of the Portraits of Resilience Exhibition, which is being hosted by Ethekwini Municipality’s Libraries and Heritage Department, is that people should not be helpless victims of climate change.
Thursday 26 Jan 2012
Circumpolar Inuit to Global Leaders in Durban: Don't Abandon Kyoto
06 December, 2011 – Ottawa, Canada – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), representing Inuit from Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and Chukotka, Russia, released a document today addressed to global leaders assembled for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings in Durban. The Inuit Call to Global Leaders highlights the importance of strong commitments from developed nations, and calls on global leaders not to abandon the commitments that they made under the Kyoto protocol.
Tuesday 06 Dec 2011
Women at most risk from climate disasters, says UN report
Durban / Nairobi, 6 December 2011 - Women, particularly those living in mountain regions in developing countries, are facing disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from climate change, as well as associated risks such as human trafficking, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Tuesday 06 Dec 2011
Arctic Settles into a New Phase - Warmer, Greener, and with less ice
An international team of scientists who monitor the rapid changes in the Earth’s northern polar region say that the Arctic is entering a new state – one with warmer air and water temperatures, less summer sea ice and snow cover, and a changed ocean chemistry. This shift is also causing changes in the region’s life, both on land and in the sea, including less habitat for polar bears and walruses, but increased access to feeding areas for whales.
Monday 05 Dec 2011
Not the Time to COP Out
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Nobel peace prize nominee, gives a public lecture on global climate change and impacts for local communities, on the eve of the 3rd day of climate change negotiations in Durban.
Thursday 01 Dec 2011
Portraits of Resilience Opens its Doors during the Climate Negotiations in Durban
Following the success of previous exhibitions of Portraits of Resilience at the Cancun and Copenhagen climate change negotiations, the Portraits of Resilience photography exhibit is opening its doors to the public at the Natural Science Museum of Durban on Tuesday 29th November, 0930 am. Following a successful year working with communities across the Pacific, the project is for the first timefeaturing compelling new stories and pictures from these regions.
Monday 28 Nov 2011
New Arctic NGO Forum on environmental issues launched
19th September 2011 - The image of a frozen, timeless Arctic is being dramatically altered by each new scientific study that comes out, replaced by a new reality of rapid change. Governments are staking their claims as industry begins to focus on what an ice-free Arctic will mean for development and transportation. More than ever before, the Arctic is on the geopolitical agenda.
Monday 19 Sep 2011