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News: Emergencies

Status check: The Arctic Council’s work on addressing Arctic wildland fires

A conversation between Morten Høglund and Edward Alexander on the Chairship Wildland Fires Initiative
08 Jul 2024

The changing tides of Arctic shipping: how new fuels impact the Arctic

The Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) ban in Arctic waters comes into effect 1 July 2024.However, new fuels in use because of tightening regulations could have a far worse environment...
01 Jul 2024

New educational video launched to help Arctic communities respond to oil spill pollution

The video, developed by Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group (EPPR), is the third and final in a series devoted to oil spill preparedness and res...
08 Mar 2024

Interview with Ole Kristian Bjerkemo, EPPR Chair

Ole Kristian Bjerkemo may be the newest Chair of the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group (EPPR), but EPPR is no stranger to him. Ole Kristian ha...
02 Nov 2023

Norwegian Chairship Launches Initiative to Address Wildland Fires in the Arctic

The Chairship Wildland Fires Initiative aims to increase circumpolar collaboration, knowledge sharing and partnership on wildland fires to tackle this urgent climate issu...
19 Oct 2023

Quiz: Which 2021 Arctic Council report should you read based on your interests?

In 2021, the Arctic Council's Working and Expert Groups released over 50 new reports on topics including climate change, emergency response, biodiversity, Arctic shipping...
25 Oct 2021

Safe Arctic - Inter-Agency Experimental Research Exercise in the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation

The Russian Federation held a series of exercises and events 7-8 September 2021 throughout its Arctic zone as a part of the Russian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and...
23 Sep 2021

Introducing the new EPPR Chair: “Emergencies do not recognize boundaries on a map”

Kathy Nghiem is the new Chair of the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group. She brings with her a diverse background and a love of people –...
15 Jul 2021

From Risk to Rescue

A collaborative project with the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators explored the potential role of cruise vessels as first responders in oil spill events
10 May 2021

Are we prepared for a radiation emergency in the Arctic?

A look into the Radiation Expert Group and its collaborative approach to radiation risks and incidents
10 May 2021

EPPR and Arctic Coast Guard Forum Hold Joint Exercise to Improve Arctic Maritime Emergency Response

The online Arctic Guardian 2021 exercise will enhance circumpolar collaboration in the event of a marine search and rescue or oil spill incident in the Arctic
09 Apr 2021

Preparing for an Arctic emergency with EPPR and the Arctic Coast Guard Forum

The Council’s EPPR Working Group and Arctic Coast Guard Forum are working together to make the Arctic a safer place through coordinated emergency preparedness. Their late...
09 Dec 2020

EPPR helps small communities prepare for oil spill risks with launch of educational video

The video creates awareness on impacts and risks of oil spills and challenges they may create in small communities
01 Dec 2020

As millions of acres burn in the Arctic, creating a common language around wildfire management is key

Record-setting wildfire seasons are becoming a new normal in the Arctic. While uncontrolled wildfires are devastating, could fire also be a tool for biodiversity and miti...
07 Sep 2020

Using data to improve oil spill response in the Arctic

The Arctic is undergoing rapid environmental and social changes. As human activity increases in the region, so does the risk of oil spills.
25 Aug 2020

Arctic Marine Risk Assessment Guideline launched

The Guideline aims to improve safety of Arctic marine operations by incorporating Arctic-specific risk factors not covered by existing guidelines.
20 Apr 2020

Put into reality: EPPR looks into the VIKING SKY incident

At its first Working Group meeting during the Icelandic Chairmanship, the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group held a workshop on the VIKI...
22 Aug 2019

New Observer: The International Maritime Organization

IMO attaches a particular interest in the Council’s work on search and rescue, pollution response and maritime safety, as well as in the protection of the marine environm...
23 Jul 2019

Interview with EPPR Chair Peter Holst-Andersen

"I think we are getting better at rescuing people and protecting the environment through the work we are doing in EPPR."
27 Jun 2019

EPPR table-top exercise on oil spill response in the Arctic

A table-top exercise of the 2013 Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic will be run in Oulu, Finland, on 7 March 2018. T...
05 Mar 2018
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