• Significant new reports address Arctic cryosphere, adaptation, and chemicals

    Read about three significant new reports from AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme): a new 2017 update to "Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic"; three regional reports from the project Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic; and a report on chemicals of emerging Arctic concern.

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    Wrap-up: EPPR meetings in Montreal

    “We covered so much ground here, and it was great to sense so much progress being made in these important areas." - EPPR Chair Amy Merten

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    Black carbon and methane Expert Group meets in Helsinki 8-9 June

    The Expert Group on Black Carbon and Methane meets for the second time in Helsinki, Finland on 8-9 June. Reduction of black carbon and methane emitted within and beyond the borders of Arctic States will have a substantial impact on the Arctic, leading to near-term climate, health, and economic benefits in the Arctic and globally.

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    Arctic Council's Black Carbon and Methane Work Highlighted at COP21

    At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), in Paris, France, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland generously hosted and prepared a side event focused on the Arctic Council’s work on short-lived climate pollutants – in particular, black carbon and methane. This event, which followed discussions that took place at the Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting in Anchorage in October 2015, took place on Saturday 5 December. It ran adjacent to the venue where UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took part in a high-level side event on the Arctic entitled "Seeing is Believing", organized and hosted by the Government of Norway, and including youth participants from “Mission Nansen,” a Norwegian children's television program.

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    Interview with Ulrik Westman, ACAP Chair

    Read an interview with Ulrik Westman, the new Chair of ACAP (Arctic Contaminants Action Programme), an Arctic Council Working Group…

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    Historic meeting of Arctic Council Working Groups

    In the week of 14-18 September, four of the Arctic Council's six Working Groups will be gathering simultaneously in Tromsø...

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    Addressing Pollution in the Arctic: from knowledge to action

    The Arctic Council has a long and rich history of scientific assessment work on pollution and climate change issues and was one of the first forums to recognize the importance of taking action...

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    Interview with co-chairs of Task Force on Oil Pollution Prevention

    In a brief interview, Senior Arctic Officials from Norway and the Russian Federation comment on their countries’ work to prevent oil pollution in the Arctic marine environment.

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    Ottawa hosts third session of Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention

    When the Arctic Council’s Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) met recently in Ottawa, it took important steps towards developing the Action Plan for oil pollution prevention mandated by Ministers in Kiruna. The Task Force is focused particularly on potential safety measures to prevent oil pollution from maritime and petroleum activities.

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    Arctic pollution prevention and mitigation fund becomes operational

    The Arctic Council Project Support Instrument (PSI), a funding mechanism managed by the Nordic Environmental Finance Corporation (NEFCO), became operational on March 12, 2014.  Almost 16 million Euro have been pledged or contributed to the fund to date, which will be used to support various action-oriented Arctic Council projects focusing on pollution prevention in the Arctic.

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    U.S. allocates 5 million to the environment in the Arctic

    The U.S. Government has decided to allocate up to 5 million USD to the Arctic Council's environmental projects. The funds will be designated to the Arctic Council's Project Support Instrument (PSI), which is administered by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO). The deposit of the contributions from the United States and Russia will make the fund operational.