The opportunities presented by melting ice are spurring the militarization of the Arctic. The US is among the nations planning to expand its fleet of icebreaker ships such as this one, pictured making its way to St Lawrence Island in Alaska.Photo: Accent Alaska

On thin ice

Is conflict in the Arctic drawing closer? Rather than spurring action on climate change, rapidly melting ice is creating more opportunities for geopolitical rivalry.

Buy this magazine

NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
No place like home: Roberta and Johnny, two residents of Shishmaref, sit where their house used to be before it was eroded by the sea.Photo by: Bryan and Cherry Alexander Photography

When the ice melts

What does the future hold? Jess Worth learns from five leading figures.

Buy this magazine

NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009
Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov shows a photograph of the Russian national flag that he planted on the seabed under the North Pole in August 2007. The provocative act, intended to stake a symbolic claim to the Arctic’s mineral riches, didn’t go down too well with Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay. ‘This isn’t the 15th century,’ he spluttered. ‘You can’t go around the world and just plant flags and say “We’re claiming this territory”.’Photo: Alexander Natruskin / Reuters

Who owns the Arctic?

Could countries come to blows over the North's resources? Professor Michael Byers explains.

Buy this magazine

NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009

The Arctic: a history

A mythical place – land of the frozen ocean, the aurora borealis and the midnight sun.

Buy this magazine

NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009
An Atlantic walrus lounges on Svalbard’s pack ice.Photo by: Bryan and Cherry Alexander

A vanishing world

Images of the unique landscapes and wildlife under threat.

Buy this magazine

NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009
Faith Gemmill and Robert Thompson make their point at a climate justice protest in Montreal.Photo by: Clayton Thomas-Mueller

Slick operators

Jess Worth meets two indigenous activists battling Big Oil's dirty tricks.

Buy this magazine

NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009

The Arctic climate

Facts and figures about the planet's thermostat.

Buy this magazine

NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009
An Inuit hunter jumps across a gap in the sea-ice. Climate change is causing the ice to melt, making hunting increasingly perilous. Photo: Bryan and Cherry Alexander

A slow earthquake

The Arctic is changing dramatically. Jess Worth finds out what it means for the people who live there.

Buy this magazine

NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
The dirt on waste November, 2018
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
Back