NATO, icebreakers and a tragic loss: Arctic week in Review

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A Finnish Air Force Hornet jet on May 16, 2011. A story looking at an upcoming aviation exercise in Arctic Europe was your top read Eye on the Arctic story this week. (Heikki Saukkomaa/AFP/Getty Images)
A Finnish Air Force Hornet jet on May 16, 2011. A story looking at an upcoming aviation exercise in Arctic Europe was your top read Eye on the Arctic story this week. (Heikki Saukkomaa/AFP/Getty Images)
On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week:

– Almost 100 planes will take part in a major aviation exercise over Arctic Europe later on this month

-Russia has over a dozen icebreakers under construction, with several more in the planning stages, Atle Staalesen from Barents Observer breaks down the different projects

-Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger remembers the two polar explorers presumed drowned in Canada’s Arctic last week

-A security expert accuses Russia of trying to block Baltic energy independence 

-A look at what was accomplished during Canada’s Arctic Council chairman ship and were the organization goes from here

That’s all from us this week! We’ll be back on Monday with more stories and newsmakers from across the North.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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