Christopher Clark, an engineer turned whale biologist, wired the world’s oceans with hydrophones. Whales sing as they migrate, he learned. And the ship sounds clouding the ocean can deeply interfere.
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All eyes were on the U.S. state of Alaska last week, where a major Arctic conference was underway. The international event was called Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, or GLACIER for short. It included foreign ministers from around the world along with scientists, indigenous leaders and policy makers form other Arctic regions. The event was capped with a major climate speech by U.S. President Barack Obama, who also spent time talking to local indigenous leaders and traveling to areas of the state already feeling the effects of the changing environment. Alaska Dispatch News
After hearing United States President Barack Obama declare that climate change is the defining issue of the century, leaders from 19 nation states and the European Union – including Canada – said in a joint statement Aug. 31 that they’re committed to “urgent action” aimed at slowing the pace of global warming in the Arctic. Delegates at the Anchorage, Alaska conference, entitled Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience Conference, or “GLACIER” for short, spent two days discussing the impact of climate change in the Arctic and how to respond to it. Nunatsiaq Online
New Mobile App Connects HIV Providers, Advocates, and People Living with HIV/AIDS to HIV-Related National Library of Medicine WebsitesWednesday, August 5th, 2015
Washington, D.C. ~ HealthHIV, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the launch of the Go2NLM mobile application. Building on its Navigate to Learn More publication, HealthHIV created the Go2NLM app to provide information about and direct access to NLM’s authoritative HIV-related websites to HIV providers, advocates, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
The websites featured on the Go2NLM app are:
The app features dynamic content, including updates about new and highlighted HIV technical assistance and capacity building tools and resources promoted by NLM.
“HealthHIV is pleased to present the Go2NLM app to the HIV community,” says Circe J. Gray Le Compte, HealthHIV’s Communications and Technology Manager. “It offers providers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and advocates immediate mobile access to reliable and comprehensive HIV educational information from the National Library of Medicine’s HIV-related websites.”
For more information about the Go2NLM project, please contact HealthHIV at email@example.com or 202.232.6749.
HealthHIV is a national non-profit working with organizations, communities, and health care providers to advance effective prevention, care, and support for people living with, or at risk for, HIV and HCV through education and training, technical assistance and capacity building, advocacy, and health services research and evaluation. HealthHIV leads the Pozitively Healthy national HIV consumer coalition, the HealthHCV initiative, and the National Center for Health Care Capacity Building, as well as the National Coalition for LGBT Health.
Hollywood has done a bang-up job turning harmless animals into terrifying killing machines. We’ve seen birds peck out eyes, ants rampage through towns, slugs eat people from the inside out, and bees kill by the thousands. And now, coming to a climate-changed Earth near you, giant mosquitos hungry enough to kill small animals and send 300-pound caribou running for the hills! “They’re aggressive because they’re desperate …” Unfortunately, that’s not a soundbite from the latest animal-themed horror movie trailer. It’s an actual quote from Lauren Culler, an ecologist at Dartmouth’s Institute of Arctic Studies. Motherboard accompanied Culler on a research trip to a small town in West Greenland, where climate change is giving these little devil bugs a leg up on their caribou prey. Grist
“We’re not alone with our health problems”
OULU, FINLAND — The circumpolar world is linked as much by its common health challenges as by its Arctic geography.
That’s what struck Nunavut Health Minister Paul Okalik as he prepared to head back from Finland to Canada June 12 at the end of the International Congress on Circumpolar Health.
“I learned that we’re not alone with our health problems,” said Okalik, who attended a variety of sessions on subjects like housing, food security and suicide during his week at the conference, which he called “important to attend.”
Many subjects discussed during the five-day-long gathering touched on health issues of interest to people in Nunavut and Nunavik, such as diabetes prevention in relation to Arctic berry consumption and marijuana use, contaminants and Arctic human health, potentially harmful genetic conditions and suicide. (Nunatsiaq News)
According to a doctoral dissertation to be published by the University of Helsinki, the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Finland generally have lower cancer rates than the rest of the country’s population. The study by researcher Leena Soininen, to be presented next week, finds that the disease mortality among the Northern and Inari Sámi was statistically significantly lower than among other Finns. However, that of the Skolt Sámi subpopulation was higher than that of the general population, apparently linked to high rates of stomach cancer. Alaska Dispatch News
Suicide has long plagued Greenland’s young people, but new research shows that the number of people under the age of 24 dying by their own hands has steadily increased since the 1970s, when suicide first became a major public-health problem. Since then, young people aged 20-24 have made up the largest group of those committing suicide. In the 1970s, they made up 7% of suicide victims. Today, they account for more than half, according to a paper published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health. The paper also found that as the average age of suicide victims has declined, the number of pre-teens committing suicide has shot up. Among children born between 1980 and 1989, 17 killed themselves between the ages of 10 and 14. For the generation born between 1950 and 1959, just a single suicide committed by a person in that age group was recorded. Arctic Journal
What do a sociologist from Russia, a biologist from Sweden and artist from the US all have in common? They are all a part of a group of 17 leaders in their fields who, over the next year and a half, will be expected to help demystify the Arctic. The group, all citizens of Arctic countries, was selected last week as the inaugural participants in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative. Their participation will see them conducting research related to energy, water, health and infrastructure, in order to benefit the development of the region. Arctic Journal
Research: A New Danish Website Will Seek to Make Research Easier By Allowing Scholars to Tap Into Existing Information About the RegionFriday, April 10th, 2015
Danish officials have launched a new website aimed at improving co-operation between Arctic researchers in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands in order to facilitate improved research into the changes facing the region. The website, Isaaffik, meaning ‘gateway’ in Greenlandic, will be maintained by the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University and is intended to to make it easier for those involved in the field to share information about research, education, consultancy and logistics. Arctic Journal