Health, climate and security: Arctic week in Review

How are Russia's actions affecting the security concerns in neighbouring Arctic countries? (iStock)
How are Russia’s actions affecting the security concerns in neighbouring Arctic countries? (iStock)
On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories from Eye on the Arctic this week:

– Increased tensions with Russia over the country’s actions in Ukraine have put the spotlight on relations with their Nordic neighbours. This week – a new study out of Sweden’s Gothenburg University suggests Swedes support for NATO membership is increasing – and Russia is a big reason why.

– The health issues facing northern indigenous peoples have becoming increasingly well documented. But a recent study out of Finland’s University of Helsinki suggests that at least two of the country’s Arctic Sami populations have lower cancer rates that other Finns. 

-Arctic expert Mia Bennett looks at the mixed messages coming out of the White House concerning Arctic drilling and their stated Arctic Council priorities around the environment.

-Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger Irene Quaile gives us the lay of the land as the international community moves towards the Paris climate summit at the end of the year. 

– A Radio Sweden report looks at how melting sea ice and increased shipping in the Arctic is reshaping the economic and security situation in the North.

That’s all from us for this week. We’ll be back on Monday with more stories and newsmakers from across the North.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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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