What is sustainable harvest when the climate is changing?

When ecosystems fundamentally change, current harvest levels may not be sustainable and knowledge-based management may no longer be valid. How can researchers, managers, fishermen, herders and hunters prepare for this new and challenging reality?
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Benthic fauna may give warning of changes in the environment

The seabed holds a rich diversity of animals big and small. If you look closely at a handful of sand and sludge from the seabed and it will change from a dull grey mass to a writhing, hopping world of crustaceans, mussels and polychaetes. These tiny creatures may help us answer important questions.  
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Food and health security in the Norwegian–Finnish–Russian border region

In many Arctic regions, hazardous substances from local or (mostly) far-away sources are found at levels that may threaten the health of both humans and the environment. 
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Fat matters when sea ice melts: polar bears, pollutants and sea ice decline

While most of us have declared war on fat, the layer of fat beneath our skin is vital. Fat cells store energy in the form of lipids. In addition to being the body’s largest energy supplier, these cells secrete hormones that control whether we feel hungry. Arctic animals also need fat as insulation.

Looking for answers from indigenous peoples on the tundra

What happens when indigenous pepoles are exposed to globalisation and assimilation? It is possible for ttem to maintain their cultural heritage and continue with their traditional way of life? Zoia Vylka Ravna went to the Nenets on the Russian tundra in search of answers.  
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Searching for environmental contaminants using UFOs

Environmental contaminants can travel with the wind from the equator to the Arctic, and the longer such contaminants survive in the environment, the greater their potential to cause unwanted effects on people, animals, and nature. Scientists from NILU have recently criss-crossed Norway, using “UFOs” to search for airborne organic contaminants. 
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Polar cod: Vulnerable to oil spills

The arctic cod is common throughout the Arctic and is a major source of food for seals, whales and seabirds. Recent research shows that even small amounts of oil can affect the growth of this vital fish, and lead to deformities and death.
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SOS from the Arctic

What happens if a ship loaded with toxic chemicals founders in the Arctic during the dark months of the polar night? What about the crew? And the ecosystem? 

The spread of toxic mercury is affecting the Arctic

The transport of environmental contaminants to the Arctic via water and air is a threat to the environment. Research done at the Fram Centre confirms that in the Arctic, methylmercury moves more effectively through the food chain than in more southerly waters.