The ice is melting, the flora and fauna are changing, and people's ways of life are at risk. In the Arctic, inhabitants have first-hand experience of the consequences of climate change.
This is one of the reasons why the Nordic countries have stepped up to the plate to address the climate crisis and why they are working hard to persuade other countries with interests in the region to do the same. But it's not all plain sailing - in the Arctic financial and geopolitical interests often get in the way of taking significant action.
In this episode, we take an in-depth look at the ongoing struggle to save the Arctic before it's too late.
“There is a rivalry around the Arctic to the extent that everybody should be worried”
Martin Breum, journalist
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Minik Thorleif Rosing (Greenland)
Minik Thorleif Rosing is an award-winning geology researcher who has been a professor at the University of Copenhagen since 2000. He also works at the University of Copenhagen's Geological Museum and the National History Museum of Denmark. His work has largely focused on the geological exploration of Greenland and his findings of traces of photosynthesis in 3.7 billion-year-old rocks from Isua, southern Greenland, pushed back the known date of the origins of life on Earth by 200 million years.
Elana Wilson Rowe (US)
Elana Wilson Rowe is a research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and an adjunct professor at Nord University. She holds a PhD in Geography/Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge and her areas of expertise include international relations in the Arctic, science and expert knowledge in global governance, climate politics, and Russian foreign and northern policy. Elana is currently leading NUPI's The Lorax Project, a research project funded by the European Research Council comparing regional politics around border-crossing ecosystems in the Arctic, the Amazon Basin, and the Caspian Sea.
Martin Breum (Denmark)
Martin Breum is a Danish journalist, author and keynote speaker. He is one of Denmark's leading observers of developments in the Arctic and the Commonwealth formed by Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. Martin has written several books on the Arctic, most recently "Greenland and the American connection". He previously co-founded the magazine PRESS and is former deputy director of the International Media Support non-profit organization, where he carried out assignments in China, Afghanistan, Africa, and Central Asia.