A polar bear looks towards Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba. 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.
Photo Credit: (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

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

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.

And in our Feature Interview this week, we talk with Maatalii Okalik, the recently elected president of Canada’s National Inuit Youth Council about the National Inuit Youth Summit coming up next week:


That’s all from us for now. We’ll be back Monday with more stories and newsmakers from across the North at https://www.rcinet.ca/arctic

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


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