Science, politics and the ‘dreaded’ raccoon dog: Arctic week in Review

The raccoon dog spread to North Sweden from neighbouring Norway. (iStock)
What is this animal and why is it roaming around North Sweden? The case of the dreaded raccoon dog was one of your most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week. (iStock)

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

-Scientists have found a previously unknown giant virus in the permafrost of Siberia, a discovery they say is worrying at a time when such frozen soils are rapidly thawing.

– Hunters in Sweden’s North are being told to stay on the lookout for the dreaded raccoon dog, an invasive species believed to have made its way into Sweden from Finland

-The plight of asylum seekers in Europe has been making headlines around the world this week, in Finland, most are arriving via the country’s Arctic Lapland region

-Arctic expert Mia Bennett looks at what the recent visit of Chinese naval ships off the Aleutian islands tells us about the history of China’s presence in the North Pacific.

-Scientists voice their concerns after a joint Norway-Russia polar bear count is called off, apparently for political reasons.

That’s all from us for now. We’ll be back on Monday with more of your latest 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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