Local residents lead the change to more renewable energy in the Arctic

By Amanda Frank, Alaska's Energy Desk

Isolated communities across the Arctic are looking at relying more on renewable energy. A new program aimed at helping rural areas make that transition is starting this month. Instead of bringing in experts, Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy, or ARENA, is relying on local residents to lead the change. 

George Roe says ARENA is largely a knowledge sharing program focused on rural areas with remote energy networks, or micro-grids as he likes to call them.

Linking the Arctic to the Himalayas

Despite being massively impacted by the effects of climate change evidenced in the Arctic, South Asia is largely missing from the policy dialogue, although that may be slowly changing.

n 24th January during the Arctic Frontiers conference, and annual conference on Arctic issues held in the city of Tromso, Norway in the Arctic Circle, the audience was treated to one of the most illuminating exchanges on the cross-border effects and responsibilities when it comes to climate change. At a session titled “Cross border cooperation in times of political change”, the moderator, Stephen Sackur, asked Sam Tan Chin Siong, Minister of State for Singapore, why Singapore had become an observer nation in the Arctic Council. The Council is an inter-governmental panel which includes only the eight Arctic countries – Russia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, United States, Canada, Finland and Iceland – but is open to having observer countries.

Going, going, gone: Canadian Arctic faces threat of coastal erosion

By Maura Forrest, Arctic Deeply

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Darrel Nasogaluak has an unusual problem.

As the mayor of Tuktoyaktuk, a small Inuvialuit hamlet on the coast of the Beaufort Sea in the Northwest Territories, he has had to watch bits of his community wash away over the years.

Sometimes during a summer storm, he says, up to 15 feet of shoreline can disappear in a few days.

It's now gotten to the point where a few homes are so close to the water's edge that they're getting spray on their windows during those storms, he adds.

"We've lost a lot of shoreline in the past 25 or 30 years."

Coastal erosion is nothing new in the Arctic. But it's gotten faster in recent years, due to climate change. In some regions of the Beaufort Sea, more than 70 feet of coastline are lost each year.