ARCTIC – The Time Bomb at the Top of the World (Project-Syndicate)

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/arctic-sea-ice-depletion-short-lived-climate-pollutants-by-mario-molina-and-durwood-zaelke-2020-10

Mario Molina, a 1995 Nobel laureate in chemistry, was a professor at the University of California, San Diego and the National Autonomous University of Mexico – Durwood Zaelke is President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development and a co-director of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the University of California, Santa Barbara

NATO/ARCTIC – NATO in the Arctic: keep its role limited, for now (War on the Rocks)

NATO in the Arctic: Keep Its Role Limited, For Now

Dr. David Auerswald is a professor of security studies at the U.S. National War College in Washington, D.C. He has published books on International Security Assistance Force operationsCongress and national securityCongress and civil-military relations, the politics of coercive diplomacy, and the Kosovo conflict.

Now the Swedes Also Fear Increased Militarization of the Arctic (High North News)

Commentary: On Tuesday this week, the Swedish government sent a serious security policy warning to its Arctic neighbors. Sweden is seriously worried about the military development in the High North. These are new tunes from a country focusing most of its military activity in the south.

https://www.highnorthnews.com/en/now-swedes-also-fear-increased-militarization-arctic

ARNE O HOLM

Nornickel disputes the environmental cost of May’s massive Arctic fuel spill (High North News)

Russia’s Norilsk Nickel estimates the environmental cost of a huge fuel spill in the Arctic in May is 21.4 billion roubles ($273 million), far less than an assessment by the country’s environment watchdog, which has begun court action.

https://www.highnorthnews.com/en/nornickel-disputes-environmental-cost-mays-massive-arctic-fuel-spill

TRINE JONASSEN

US tactics to deny China a role in the Arctic are welcomed by no one but itself (SCMP)

  • Washington’s mischaracterisation of Beijing’s intentions is the basis for moves to increase US’ presence in Arctic and lean on allies to undermine China’s
  • However, public opinion in the region largely welcomes Chinese participation in scientific endeavours and infrastructure development

https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3083938/us-tactics-deny-china-role-arctic-are-welcomed-no-one-itself

Donald Gasper

Insidious Air Pollution. Legal Regimes for Arctic Climate Change (RIAC)

The outbreak of COVID-19, despite its horrific consequences on humanity, resulted in an unexpectedly positive effect on the global environment. Due to China’s factories shut down, port restrictions, international air traffic put on hold, the air quality and state of the environment have significantly improved. Sooner or later, when the pandemic is defeated, we will be back on track, which again means excessive pollution, poor air quality, and rising climate change issues. Ironically, the latter has something in common with COVID-19 — it knows no borders, and its consequences can be observed everywhere around the globe.

https://russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/insidious-air-pollution-legal-regimes-for-arctic-climate-change/

Elena Norkina

LLM Public International Law — International Environmental and Energy Law, NRU HSE

Sofie Van Canagem

LLM Public International Law — International Environmental and Energy Law