Eye on the Arctic news round-up

An unmanned aerial vehicles. Photo: JUNG YEON-JE, AFP.An overview of some of the most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week:

Alaska – United States

Unmanned Arial Vehicles, better known as drones, may play an increasing role in developing the Arctic in the United States. And may be used for everything from wildlife counts to monitoring forest fires or environmental disasters.


The Maser (Material Science Experiment Rocket) was launched from Sweden’s Arctic city of Kiruna this week. In it, an experiment examining why space travel weakens astronauts’ immune systems. Elsewhere in Sweden’s North, Facebook is being critisized for not planning to recycle heat produced by the thousands of computer processors in it’s planned server park.


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada’s national Inuit organization is calling for improvements to Arctic search and rescue after the death of an teenage boy in Nunatsiavut, in Canada’s North Atlantic.

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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