Human impact on Arctic land, water and air is increasingly threatening wildlife and endangering the lives of local residents. In our planet’s northernmost settlements, a stone’s throw away from the North Pole, European scientists are braving the extreme conditions of the Far North to understand these changes and help us prepare for their long-term consequences.
In this episode of Ocean, we go to Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund, the world’s northernmost settlements in Svalbard, where climate change is happening three times as fast as the global average, while toxic pollution originating in industrial countries increasingly undermines the health of the local fauna. Together with scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), the University of Svalbard (UNIS), The German Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the French Polar Institute Paul Emile Victor (IPEV), we learn about the dangers of permafrost melting in coastal areas, unexplained fluctuations in the food chains of the Arctic Ocean, the poorly understood role of atmospheric humidity in global warming, as well as studies of the effects of water and atmospheric pollution with toxic chemicals on migrating seabirds — ending up with a close encounter with a polar bear!
OCEAN is a Euronews magazine in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE). Season 4 features monthly 8-minute videos, where we discover fascinating projects and developments related to the ocean and coastal communities.
Broadcast since 2019, OCEAN features episodes on marine protected areas, small-scale fisheries, ocean energy, aquaculture, IUU fishing, sustainable fisheries and much more. Missed one? Check them out on the Euronews website! You will also find some nice extras about these topics.
- Publication date
- 26 July 2022
- Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries