GRID Polar Division News

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
Norwegian parliamentary delegation visit UNEP Polar centre
Morten Høglund and Eirik Sivertsen, Leader and Deputy Leader respectively of the Norwegian government's delegation to the Arctic Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, met with Polar staff and discussed current activities underway within the Polar Programme.
Monday 19 Sep 2011
Youth in the south Pacific have a voice on climate change in their communities
Pictorial banners created by the youth from islands of the South Pacific are focusing on the effects of climate change in their lives.
Friday 19 Aug 2011
Climate Champions return from the Arctic with a strong message and joint projects to drive action on climate change
From 25th June to 3rd July, 17 young people from 11 European countries and Canada participated in an Arctic Climate Training onboard a ship sailing around Svalbard during which they experienced first-hand the rapid changes affecting the Arctic. The participants between the ages of 20 and 30 examined the environmental, geo-political and socio-cultural impacts of climate change and return to their countries with greater motivation, commitment and a network to drive understanding and action on how and why we need to become more environmentally responsible citizens.
Tuesday 26 Jul 2011
The UNEP Nomadic Herders project held a workshop in Mongolia from June 17 - 30
The main goals of the workshop were to assess the impacts of land-use change and climate change on nomadic pastoralist and their adaptation options and opportunities, comparing reindeer herders in the Arctic taiga (boreal forest of Far East Russia and Mongolia) and reindeer herders in Lapland.
Tuesday 26 Jul 2011
Nomadic Herders' Initiative presented at the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues
18 May 2011: Kathrine Johnsen from GRID-Arendal co-hosted a workshop on Nomadic Herders’ Adaptation to Globalization: the Case of Reindeer Husbandry together with the Association of World Reindeer Herders, at the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples in New York.
Monday 23 May 2011
Nuuk Declaration includes first legally-binding agreement under the Arctic Council
12 May 2011: The Nuuk Declaration, which includes the first legally-binding agreement under the auspices of the Arctic Council to cooperate in search and rescue efforts in the Arctic, was adopted at the Seventh Ministerial Meeting in Nuuk, Greenland.
Monday 16 May 2011