Blog Archive: Environment

Jokkmokk

Jokkmokk

Arctic Encounters is about the relationship between images of the Arctic and Arctic practices, so Britt and Simone decided to take the reindeer by the antlers and travel to the Jokkmokk annual Sami market. Here they’ve penned some of their thoughts…

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Possible Greenland: Can you, in fact, stop progress?

Possible Greenland: Can you, in fact, stop progress?

The travelling exhibition Possible Greenland has just closed its doors at Copenhagen’s Danish Architecture Centre. What do the contents of the exhibition say about risk, opportunity and optimism in the former Danish colony? Arctic Encounters’ Roskilde-based researcher Lars Jensen has some thoughts…

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Reflections on Arctic Frontiers 2014

Reflections on Arctic Frontiers 2014

Last week Tromsø hosted the Arctic Frontiers 2014 conference, a six-day mega-event on development in the region which has been called the ‘Davos of Arctic gatherings’. Leeds University PhD student William Davies attended and gives us the scoop.

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The Arctic is heating up Copenhagen

The Arctic is heating up Copenhagen

In recent months, the Danish capital has been the site of a gaggle of public, Arctic-related showcases, including no fewer than three exhibitions and a theatre performance at The Royal Danish Theatre. So, what is the fuss all about?

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What can a ‘green fjord’ look like?

What can a ‘green fjord’ look like?

Some insights from the international environmental conference in Geiranger, a UNESCO-listed fjord town, where various visions and possibilities for eco-tourism have been explored.

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‘A different reality’ — but for whom? Tourists, whales and Northern Norway’s Klondike industry

‘A different reality’ — but for whom? Tourists, whales and Northern Norway’s Klondike industry

This past weekend, Arctic Encounters’ Norwegian researchers, Britt and Berit, took to the waters off the cost of Tromsø on the hunt for whale(watchers).

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Tourism, activism and the Ant/arctic: Two intriguing tales for the festive season

Tourism, activism and the Ant/arctic: Two intriguing tales for the festive season

The Arctic and the Antarctic, never far from the media spotlight whatever the time of year, both surpassed themselves in generating headlines over the 2013-14 festive season thanks to the so-called ‘Arctic 30’ and the chartered Russian icebreaker Akademik Shokalskiy.

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The Anthropocene Arctic

The Anthropocene Arctic

Across multiple discourses, the Arctic is presented more and more as the emblem of the Anthropocene. What is the role that tourism is playing in the unintended consequences of anthropogenic change? If the Anthropocene is a designation that brings primary responsibility for environmental change to humans, how can this be reconciled with increasing tourism and travel in the Arctic?

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Interview with Ronny Brunvoll, director of the Svalbard Tourist Board

Interview with Ronny Brunvoll, director of the Svalbard Tourist Board

Arctic Encounters sat down with Ronny Brunvoll, the director of Svalbard Reiseliv (and Longyearbyen’s biggest Liverpool FC fan), to talk about the current state of tourism in the Arctic archipelago.

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