Erosion, geopolitics and the Beaufort Sea: Arctic week in review

A view of the Beaufort Sea from the community of  Tuktoyaktuk in Canada's Northwest Territories. Imperial Oil's decision to delay drilling in the Beaufort was among your most read stories this week. (Rick Bowmer/AP)
A view of the Beaufort Sea from the community of Tuktoyaktuk in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Imperial Oil’s decision to delay drilling in the Beaufort was among your most read stories this week. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories from Eye on the Arctic this week:

– An Arctic expert sounds the alarm on tensions between Russia and the West and what it may mean for circumpolar relations

-Imperial Oil delays a massive joint-venture project to drill in the Beaufort Sea in the Canadian Arctic

-A report looking at erosion rates in the U.S. finds Arctic Alaska is among the regions hardest hit

– What do Swedes turn to in times of crisis? A new study finds that nature fills an important role for many

-Finland investigates the suspected violation of their airspace by a military transport plane from Russia

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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