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COVID-19 roundup: Finns not too mentally affected by virus; Svalbard opens up

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a smaller impact on the psychological health of the population than expected, according to findings from the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL). Tourism to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard from Norway will be »

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COVID-19 roundup: Norway’s reopening continues; census restarts in Alaska

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the population’s cooperation helped contain COVID-19 and has well-positioned the country to continue reopening of the economy. The U.S. Census Bureau says it will begin a phased-in re-start of its field operations in Alaska, »

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COVID-19: Northern Siberia residents flout lockdown; antibody testing in Sweden

“Calculate how many people you’ve had contact with over the past five days. Are you ready to forgive yourself if one of them does not survive a coronavirus infection? Was the reason you left home really worth it?” With COVID-19 »

International, Society

COVID-19 in the Arctic: all Greenland cases recovered but more in Arctic Russia

With the number of COVID-19 cases outside of China increasing rapidly, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic on March 12, urging governments “to take urgent and aggressive action” to stop its spread. Eye on the Arctic »

Health, International, Society

Roundup of COVID-19 responses around the Arctic

With the number of COVID-19 cases outside of China increasing 13-fold, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic on Thursday, urging governments “to take urgent and aggressive action” to stop its spread. Eye on the Arctic compiled »

Environment & Animal Life

Waivers to possible Arctic HFO ban denounced by Indigenous & environmental orgs

The International Maritime Organization’s sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) meeting wound up in London on Friday, with agreement on the draft text of a ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic from July 1 2024, but with »

Politics

Trump, the Arctic Council & Arctic policy in Canada: 2020 stories to watch for

As 2020 gets underway, Eye on the Arctic is checking in with northern experts for their take on what to watch for in the year ahead. Up today, we speak with Heather Exner-Pirot, a research associate at the Observatoire de »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Arctic ice cover-second lowest on record

Records show this year saw the second lowest September sea-ice minimum cover in the Arctic compared to the 2012 record minimum. October was unusually warm and as ice began reforming in late September, the ice has been slow to re-form. »

International, Politics

NORAD intercepts Russian bombers, while discussing modernisation

Canadian and U.S jets had to scramble yesterday to intercept two Russian bombers heading for North America. The intercepts come even as Canada and the U.S are discussing a new framework for the bi-national North America Aerospace Defence Command, (NORAD). »

International

U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian warplanes off Alaska

The U.S. military scrambled five aircraft on Monday to intercept two groups of Russian warplanes that flew in opposite directions off the coast of Alaska but never entered the U.S. sovereign airspace, officials with the bi-national North American Aerospace Defence »