Sanctions, Sami and polar bear hair: Arctic week in review

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A story looking at the complexity of polar bear hair and what that knowledge could contribute  to design were among your most read stories this week. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)
A story looking at the complexity of polar bear hair and what that knowledge could contribute to design were among your most read stories this week. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)

On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories from Eye on the Arctic this week:

-The U.S. has issued new sanctions against Russian oil, something that could have a negative impact on Norway’s Statoil.

Sami are demanding formal recognition as indigenous people from Sweden, something that would give them clearer land ownership.

-Norwegian military personnel has improved infrastructure on the remote Arctic island of Jan Mayen this summer, a place where the Norwegian Armed Forces operate a LORAN-C network transmitter.

– The growth in Arctic maritime traffic has officials recognizing the need for a deep-water port in Alaska, but visions for that project vary

-Polar bear hairs are hollow to maximize the insulating qualities of the animals’ fur, but new research out of China is finding polar bear hair is even more complex than thought. And that could have implications for everything from thermal design to heat holding products.

That’s all from us for now. We’ll be back 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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