On the south peak of the dramatic Kebnekaise massif in Sweden's far north, year after year Ninis Rosqvist is seeing the impact of a warming climate before her very eyes. And at the nearby Stordalen mire another major change to the Arctic landscape is underway, as vital permafrost thaws. The changes here may well be irreversible, but experts hope they could serve as a warning to other regions facing climate change.
The minister reportedly fell off a cliff into a mountainous river while trying to save a cameraman. The official had previously served in the security detail for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A research team that set sail for the Arctic has warned that the tipping point for irreversible global warming may have already been triggered.
The melting of ice in the Arctic is accelerating climate change and leading to exploitation that will impact everyone in the world. But our guest offers some hope. Mikaa Mered, an Arctic specialist at Sciences Po University, explains that the region also holds potential for sustainable forms of energy using green hydrogen, meaning that smart exploitation could actually help fight climate change. He joined us for Perspective.
19 Oct 2020
Hundreds of scientists from 20 different countries spent an entire year trapped in the ice of the Arctic, camped out in extreme temperatures. Living through months of complete darkness and the constant threat of polar bears, they studied the ice sheets around them. The German-led expedition returned last week and the immediate conclusion was that the ice on the Arctic would be gone within decades. Sea ice scientist Stefanie Arndt tells us the trip was beautiful but also a cause for concern: this could be the last big group of scientists to see the Arctic in such icy conditions.
12 Jun 2020
The clean-up of a massive fuel spill in Russia's Arctic region will take years, Viktor Bronnikov, general director of Transneft Siberia oil and gas transportation company, says at the scene in the remote area. The spill of over 21,000 tonnes of fuel took place after a reservoir collapsed at a power plant operated by a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel in the city of Norilsk.