Fishing, science missions and the end of diesel in the North? – Arctic week in review

The Arctic Canadian community of Ukukhaktok in Canada's Northwest Territories. A move to reduce diesel use in community's like this one, were among your most read stories this week. (Eilís Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)
The Arctic Canadian community of Ukukhaktok in Canada’s Northwest Territories. A move to reduce diesel use in communities like this one, were among your most read stories this week. (Eilís Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)

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

– The five nations that boarder the Arctic Ocean signed a moratorium this month on fishing in the region. Does this mark a return of the Arctic Five?  Expert Heather Exner-Pirot explains.

-A story by Alaska Dispatch News takes readers along on an Arctic mission by scientists and the U.S. Coast Guard to better understand weather and environmental conditions in the region

-Has diesel power outlived it’s usefulness as the main power source in Canada’s remote communities? For several regions of Canada, including Yukon and the Northwest Territories, the answer is ‘Yes.’

-Arctic expert Mia Bennett looks at recent comments from Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski that in the Arctic, the United States “has a strategic geographic advantage that no other nation can match.”

Wind power investments are down in Sweden, for the first time since the power trade organization Svensk Vindenergi began keeping track in 2012.

That’s all from us for now. We’ll be back 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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