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Nansen-Amundsen Year (2011)
The year 2011 marks two significant anniversaries for Norway: 150 years since the birth of Fridtjof Nansen, a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian, and Nobel laureate, and 100 years since Roald Amundsen and four of his men made the first expedition to the South Pole. Amundsen was an aeronautical pioneer and polar researcher and explorer. According to the event’s website, “This year will highlight roles these men played as nation-builders and polar heroes, their contributions to science and literature, as well as Nansen’s humanitarian endeavours and his role as a diplomat and politician.” (1:32)
Jubileumsekspedisjon til Sørpolen (Anniversary expedition to the South Pole)
Four Norwegian explorers will make a 57-day skiing expedition to the South Pole, following the same route that Amundsen and his men did 100 years ago, with their arrival timed to coincide with the same day that Amundsen reached the pole in 1911, October 19. During the expedition, the explorers will communicate with an audience of schoolchildren and others via satellite phone and internet. There are plans to produce a book about the expedition upon its completion. The project is being funded by the Norwegian Polar Institute as part of the Nansen-Amundsen Year events. The website for this expedition is currently only available in Norwegian but you can also read a short article in English about it.
Norway: Climate Change Drives off Norwegian Cod
Talks about the effects of a warming sea on the cod stock in northern Norway. There is one incorrect statement in that they say the dried cod are primarily sold to Spain and Portugal, when in fact, they’re primarily sold to Italy and Portugal. European Journal; Produced by Deutsche Welle. (5:49)
Pre-Viking Find in Norway Mountains
Pre-Viking artifacts have been discovered in the Juvfonna ice field in the Jotunheimen mountains of Norway due to melting ice resulting from climate change. This brief video discusses both the find and the impacts that climate change is having in the mountains of Norway and elsewhere in the world. Video produced by Reuters. (1:37)
National Geographic Global Warming Video Collection
A collection of about 20 short videos that examine causes, effects, and potential solutions to global climate change. The first video in the series, “A Way Forward: Facing Climate Change,” provides an overview of this global issue. 7:43
Discovery Channel Global Warming and Climate Change Video Collection
A collection of nine short videos looking at the impacts of climate change in different parts of the world and on different animal species. Go to news.discovery.com to see the full collection.
Arctic Report Card: Update for 2010
This is a video summary of an annual report that tracks environmental changes and is supported by the international Arctic Council. More information and a PDF of the entire report is available at www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard.
Series of videos on climate change indicators with related lesson plans for secondary school teachers. Produced by the National Earth Science Teachers Association and Windows to the Universe in conjunction with NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation. View the secondary school lessons that accompany the video set at www.windows2universe.org.
Two kids report on climate change and alternative energy from the Klima X climate change exhibit at the Norwegian Teknisk Museum in Oslo in August 2008. 9:39
Living with Climate Change: Europe
This video focuses on the Swiss Alps. Produced by the European Environment Agency.
Global Warning: Early Warnings on Adaptation
In this video, several leaders of indigenous peoples’ organizations, represented in the Arctic Council, share their thoughts and concerns about the changes in their lifestyles brought on by the changing climate. Produced by the European Environment Agency.
Opening Arctic Trade Routes
As Arctic ice melts, new shipping routes in the Northwest passage open up. In this video, Amy Standen from KQED FM discusses this issue with Cleo Paskal, author of Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map.
The Nansen Conference 2011 – Climate Change and Displacement
A short video from the Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement, the first large-scale conference on climate change and displacement, which took place in Oslo, Norway, June 5-7, 2011. The conference is named after Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen (1861–1930), who was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian, and Nobel laureate. 2:30
European Environment Agency Climate Change Videos
A series of videos on climate change specific to climate change impacts in Europe, available from the European Environment Agency. To view the full set, go to www.eea.europa.eu/themes/climate/multimedia.
The Arctic Ice Is Melting Faster Than Expected
From February 2011. Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, explains that sea ice is melting faster and the sea level is rising faster than expected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) in 2007. He argues that we’re running out of time and that it’s necessary to limit global temperature warming to less than two degrees to prevent critical changes. 2:11
Arctic Changes: The Big Picture
From March 2010. Clear explanations with graphics, appropriate for K-12 students. Over recent decades, the Arctic has been the fastest-warming region on the planet. This video tells the story of how it has been changing, as seen from satellites above, and submarines below, touring through years of hard research — in three minutes. Some of the key findings: sea ice is thinning even faster than it is shrinking in area, and Greenland has been shedding ice at an accelerating pace — with consequences for sea level. 3:06
Climate Change and the NORA Region
Mr. Gerard Bonnis, Principal Administrator, Environmental Performance and Information Division, Environment Directorate, OECD, talks about climate change in the NORA-Region at NORA REGION CONFERENCE 2011, Copenhagen, April 5, 2011. 14:00
Global Warming: It’s All About Carbon
A series of five short animated videos (3-4 minutes each) explaining the chemistry behind climate change. Produced by National Public Radio.
Information provided by the State of the Environment Norway, a division of the Ministry of the Environment. The site provides details about mean temperature rise, climate change impacts on both the natural environment as well as industry and socioeconomics in the region, and responses to climate change. There is a section of the site that deals specifically with climate change impacts to the Arctic region.
Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change
Interactive graphic that provides a guide to global warming, from science and politics to economics and technology.
UK-based; has nice step-by-step intro to climate change, as well as lessons and activities.
Climate Hot Map: Global Warming Effects Around the World
Interactive map to explore some of the effects of global warming around the world. This site also includes information about the causes of global warming, the impacts of global warming on different ecosystems and on people worldwide, and suggested solutions, which can be viewed continent by continent.
NPR Climate Connections: A Global Journey
Explore global warming issues using an interactive map that looks at how climate changes people and how people change climate around the world.
NASA Global Climate Change
Includes resources/activities for kids and teachers alike.
It’s Getting Hot in Here
An interactive graphic on climate change through history.
The Adopt a Negotiator Project
Tracking international efforts to deal with climate change.
An independent, nonprofit journalism and research organization with articles and media focused on helping people understand how climate change connects to them.
The Climsave Project
Developing an interactive web-based tool to assess climate change impacts and vulnerabilities for European nations.
SustainUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States.
Our World 2.0
The Our World 2.0 web magazine shares the ideas and actions of citizens around the world who are transforming lives for the better. This magazine, produced by the United Nations University Media Centre, shares these insights through video briefs, articles, debates, photo essays, and public events.
A social networking site of sorts where individuals share recorded observations from the natural world (many captured via mobile devices). Thousands of species have been captured by camera and plotted with google maps on the website, creating a database that visitors can sort through by location, species, or observer. The “Species” and “Projects” links will probably be most of interest to schools.
Environmental Literacy Council
Has resources for educators along with information about a variety of topics (climate change, energy, water, environment and society, etc.) geared toward students.
Yale Environment 360
Has a great collection of articles, links, and videos related to environmental issues, climate, energy, oceans, sustainability, water, etc., and you can view topics by continent as well as overall.
United Nations Environment Programme
The mission of UNEP is “to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.”
Earthtimes Encyclopaedia of Environmental Issues
This website includes encyclopedia-like entries with text, images, and links on many of the most popular environmental terms. The site also has news articles and blog entries about a variety of topics related to the environment.
Arctic Warming Unlocking A Fabled Waterway
(Jackie Northam, National Public Radio, August 15, 2011) First in a six-part series examining what’s at stake, who stands to win and lose, and how Arctic warming and melting sea ice could alter the global dynamic.
Arctic Melts Faster Than IPCC’s Forecasts
(Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle, June 17, 2011)
Arctic Ice Melt Could Pause in Coming Decades
(National Science Foundation, August 11, 2011)
Arctic Shortcut Beckons Shippers as Ice Thaws
(New York Times, September 10, 2009, by Andrew E. Kramer and Andrew C. Revkin)
Ships Take to Arctic Ocean as Sea Ice Melts: Journey Times between Europe and China Can Be Reduced by Half
(MSNBC, September 28, 2010)
Includes a video, “Melting Arctic Ocean.”
Hot Spots Where Heatwaves Could Pose Greater Health Risk
(ScienceDaily, June 12, 2010)
Heatwaves could especially pose an increased health risk this century in Southern European river valleys and along the Mediterranean coast, a study by two scientists from ETH Zurich has revealed.
Melting Ice Caps Open Up Arctic for ‘White Gold Rush’
(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 4, 2011) As rising temperatures expose more land for exploration, prospectors are rushing to the far north in the hope of carving out a new mineral frontier.
Thawing Arctic Opens Up New Shipping Routes on the ‘Roof of the World’
(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 5, 2011)
An increasing amount of seaborne traffic is moving along a new Siberian coastal route, cutting journey time and boosting trade prospects.
Arctic Sea Ice: Climate Change, Oil, and Trade
A report from the Economist Magazine discussing how for some governments, the damaging effects of climate change on the receding ice-shelf is not all bad news. (4:05)
U.S. Department of Energy
The official YouTube channel for the Department of Energy, covering a variety of topics related to how we use and produce energy.
Swedish Family Learns to Live Low-Carbon Lifestyle
July 7, 2011 – After six months of living a carbon-lean life in a specially built house in Stockholm, the Lindell family has returned home to reflect on the lessons learned. The project was undertaken to establish whether a family can lead a normal life while producing annual carbon emission levels of just one tonne, a seventh of the average. (1:50)
Interactive Infographic: Powering the Earth
(Matt Barringer, CNN) Ever wondered how much carbon the world emits from the power it uses? This interactive graphic illustrates each region’s population and their electricity consumption and carbon emissions. You can view annual emissions generated from 1980 to 2007, and click the name of the regions for a closer view of relevant figures.
The ‘Cold Rush': Industrialisation in the Arctic
(Paddy Allen and Jenny Ridley, The Guardian, July 5, 2011) The vast Arctic wilderness is the new frontier for industrialists and investors seeking to extract natural resources and maximise profits. See what’s happening where with this interactive map. Click on the “Major Fishing Areas” bullet and see how much area there is by Norway that falls into this category!
Tips and advice on how to save energy inside and outside your home, including calculators and tools to help evaluate your energy use and whether energy efficient products or renewable energy are right for you.
An online energy game for students.
Why Norway Cannot Resist the Lure of Its Buried Natural Treasure
(Damian Carrington, The Guardian, July 6, 2011) Nordic nation’s world-leading green ambition is in stark contrast with the exploitation of the oil that delivers its world-leading wealth.
Arctic Resource Wealth Poses Dilemma for Indigenous Communities
(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 4, 2011) Oil and mineral deals mean money and jobs, but Inuit leaders are concerned about the lack of a national debate on industrialisation and what it means for the traditional way of life.
Q&A: Natural Resources Exploration in the Arctic
(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 4, 2011) Development in the Arctic has consequences for maritime law, conservation, and human rights.
Norway Launches Carbon Capture and Storage Scheme
(Andrew Ward, The Financial Times, June 28, 2011)
How Community-Owned Wind Power Is Tackling Climate Change
(Sami Grover, Treehugger, March 13, 2011) Includes a video interview with Baywind Energy Cooperative members. Built in 1996, Baywind Energy Cooperative was the first community-owned wind installation in the UK. “In addition to providing an income and clean energy for its members, the initiative also channels funds into educational visits and environmental books for local schools.”
Plymouth Scientists Make Historic Exploration of Arctic Reef, Part 1
Footage of first-ever submersible exploration of the world’s largest cold-water coral reef, found off the coast of Røst, the southernmost island in the Lofoten chain.
Plymouth scientists make historic exploration of Arctic reef, Part 2
Continuing footage of first-ever submersible exploration of the world’s largest cold-water coral reef, found off the coast of Røst, the southernmost island in the Lofoten chain.
Ocean Tipping Point
A look below the surface at a growing body of evidence that suggests climate change is affecting the chemistry of the seas, which could have potentially catastrophic results on the way we live. PBS NOW travels deep into our oceans with a scientist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and help from other researchers for a firsthand look at this stunning sea change, and what we can do about it.
Sustainable Seas: The Vision, the Reality (2011) Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle is an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, founder of the Mission Blue Foundation, chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute and the Marine Science and Technology Foundation, and former chief scientist of NOAA. She was named Time magazine’s first Hero for the Planet, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and a 2009 winner of the TED Prize. Earle has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and has led more than 100 expeditions totaling more than 7,000 hours underwater.
Tørrfisk slår an
Shows the process of stockfish production, from catch and the cutting off of the heads of cod, to the drying and sorting process. In Norwegian, but can be followed without language knowledge.
This video is not professionally produced, but it’s in English and gives an overview of the sorting and selling process.
Cod: The Fish That Made New England
Cape Code in New England once was a prime cod-fishing area, just as northern Norway is today. What went wrong? What can Cape Cod learn from the fisheries in northern Norway that have been able to sustain commercial cod fishing for more than 1,000 years? And what can northern Norway learn from experiences like those in Cape Cod?
Census of Marine Life: A Decade of Discovery
A ten-year investigation of the world’s oceans, studying diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life. The census wrapped up in October 2010, and this website includes reports, videos, maps and visualizations, a global marine life database, resources for educators, and more.
European Atlas of the Seas
An interactive map that provides information about the European seas and coastal regions and about the people who live and work along Europe’s coasts.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
Great resource on wild seafood versus farmed seafood, ocean issues, fishing methods, and more.
We Are the Sámi – Films
A collection of videos about Sami life and culture, published by Gáldu – Resource Centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We Are the Sámi – Fact Sheets
A comprehensive collection of fact sheets about all aspects of Sami life and culture, published by Gáldu – Resource Centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Sami School History
Series of books, portions of which are published in English online, that include personal narratives about Sami experiences with education and schooling during the twentieth century.
Site maintained by the Sami Parliament of Norway with information about the history and function of the parliament and some general history of the Sami people as well.
Site maintained by the Sami Parliament of Sweden that includes general information, FAQs, and history of the Sami people and culture.
The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry maintains this blog as a source of information about the work of International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR). ICR is based in Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino in the heart of Sami reindeer husbandry in Norway. The blog site includes news, videos, photos, and general information about reindeer herdering and Sami culture.