Eye on the Arctic news round-up

Planes at the airport in Gothenburg used so-called curved approaches to cut down fuel use. Archive photo: Lars Pehrson/Scanpix. Radio Sweden.Many of the most-read items on Eye on the Arctic this week told stories of climate adaptation in the North.


A suburb of Stockholm puts the breaks on a construction project after a study says the rising water levels caused by climate change could put the project at risk. Elsewhere, an EU sponsored project at a Swedish airport is examining how new flying techniques may reduce carbon emissions.


A story posted earlier this month on how thawing permafrost is literally sinking the Alaskan village of Selawik continues to be one of the most discussed and shared stories among readers.


Experts say the slow formation of winter ice off Canada’s Hudson Bay has many polar bears on the brink of starvation. Meanwhile, a study suggests early snow melt caused by global warming is causing the rapid decline of Canadian boreal ducks.

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

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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