Research in the Arctic, for those who live here | The Independent Barents Observer

The Fram Centre launches five new research programs with a total budget of 250 million NOK over five years. — Read on As the climate changes and traditional ways disintegrate under economic pressure, we need to examine the question of who benefits from climate research? As I scan jobs advertisements for work in theContinue reading “Research in the Arctic, for those who live here | The Independent Barents Observer”

Flourishing Flora Indicates Climate Crisis The spread of these species will cause changes in soil acidity, the bacteria and fungi in the soil, and in how organic matter decomposes. Changes in soil chemistry, as well as degradation of permafrost, will cause a cascade of changes, with “consequences on all components of terrestrial ecosystems”, said Cannone. These native plant speciesContinue reading “Flourishing Flora Indicates Climate Crisis”

Shell Stopped Before Marine Life Disrupted Most polar crisis news focuses on the Arctic, with its human cultures, diverse mega-fauna, and record-breaking weather disasters. The southern polar and oceanic regions are also under crisis. Mineral and petroleum extraction from seabeds can lead to mass destruction of ecosystems. Indigenous people have vital reasons to halt this destruction.

The polar bears that threatened Arctic oilmen are removed | The Independent Barents Observer

Two cubs had found a home around Gazprom’s far northern Kharasavey field installations. Now they have been exiled to a remote national park. — Read on Humans no longer have a demanding need for whale products. We have electric light, beef, and no-meat proteins. Whale bone and ivory have been replaced with synthetic materials that are safer to use. Whaling was always difficult and dangerous work. It was romanticized in fiction, film and song. The hunt took its toll ofContinue reading

The Loss of Reindeer is the Loss of Northern Habitat

Herd loss of reindeer has been studied in this century since 2006. Two major events in Siberia have been studied, in which herds lost 20,000 and 61,000 animals seven years apart. Foraging was interrupted by a heavy layer of thick ice after early snowfalls. Temperatures warmed suddenly and rain fell instead of snow, followed byContinue reading “The Loss of Reindeer is the Loss of Northern Habitat”