Prime Minister Stephen Harper ordered the Government to include the North Pole in its bid to expand the boundaries of the Arctic Shelf. The documents may be submitted to the UN today.→
The head of the Ministry of Energy of Russia Alexander Novak and the Secretary of Energy of the United States Ernest Moniz are planing to discuss energy cooperation on December 6-7.→
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the liberalization of exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). According to the document, two new categories of license holders are entitled to the right to export LNG, in addition to Gazprom.→
Denmark and Greenland have filed an application to the UN Commission on the boundaries of the continental shelf to extend their territory outside the 200-mile economic zone. This was announced by ITAR-TASS, quoting Danish newspaper Politiken.→
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hopes that the leadership of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will undertake "exhaustive efforts" to eliminate the problems encountered in preparing for the winter season.→
The inter-ministerial working group for the implementation of the development strategy of the Russian Arctic, formed under the aegis of the Ministry of Regional Development will by 20 January every year submit a progress report to the President.→
The Government ordered a checkpoint for the port of Sabetta
The Russian Border Services Agency will install a permanent sea checkpoint at the state border of Russia in the seaport of Sabetta in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region. →
Russia will step up its presence in the Arctic
In Magadan, a Security Council of the Russian Federation field trip took place. It was attended by Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev, the minister for development of the Far East Aleksandr Galuska and representatives of regional authorities. →
Putin: Arctic environmental safety requires individual attention
Environmental safety of the Russian Arctic zone requires special attention, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. →
The state programme on development of the Arctic requires clarification
The state programme on development of the Russian Arctic could start from the beginning of next year, if it is adopted by the end of December. This was announced by the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Regional Development, Sergey Nazarov. →
Norway Expects to Produce Large Amounts of Oil on Border with Russia
A Norwegian consulting firm, Rystad Energy published a report announcing that one of the largest centres for oil and gas production in Norway for the period up to 2030 will be located in the Barents Sea near the maritime border with Russia. →
Russia and Korea agreed to cooperate in the development of the Arctic
At a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the President of the Republic of Korea in Seoul, Park Geun-Hye discussed mutual cooperation in the development of the Arctic. →
Medvedev discussed geological exploration in the Arctic with the head of NorNickel
The Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev yesterday met with the Director General of Norilsk Nickel, Vladimir Potanin. →
Foreign Ministers of the Netherlands and Russia discussed the Arctic Sunrise case
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans discussed the situation concerning the Greenpeace vessel. This was announced by the Dutch diplomat. →
The draft state program on development of the Russian Arctic was discussed
The draft state program of socio-economic development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2020, developed by the Ministry for Regional Development has been presented for public discussion until 11 November. →
A Rush to Expand Oil Drilling in the Arctic
Nations are moving to exploit the commercial potential of the region. In the U.S., observers are pressing the Obama administration to urgently develop a more specific national strategy and to take more control internationally.
Canada’s new claim for up to 1.7 million square kilometres of Arctic seafloor may include North Pole
Some time this week, Canada is expected to make its case to the world to dramatically expand its boundaries by an area equivalent to the size of all three Prairie provinces. Canada’s deadline is Friday to apply to a United Nations commission for exclusive rights to what is likely to be another 1.7 million square kilometres of Arctic seafloor.
NORTHWEST PASSAGE FIBER OPTIC LINE COULD SUPPORT DEFENSE ARCTIC STRATEGY
A Canadian company’s bold project to install a high speed fiber optic network across the roof of the world could provide the Defense Department with broadband connections to support its new Arctic strategy unveiled last week.
New mobile app shows you to the best Northern Lights display
"To see the Northern Lights dance across the Arctic sky is a 'once in a lifetime experience'. We want enable more people to experience the northern lights in Norway this winter by making it more accessible," says Per-Arne Tuftin, Director of Tourism at Innovation Norway. Today he launches a brand new mobile app; Norway Lights, making it easier to predict the appearance of the Northern Lights.
Ancient Arctic Algae Record Climate Change
Bright pink algae that light up the Arctic seafloor like Las Vegas neon are also guides to hundreds of years of climate history, a new study shows. From the medieval chill called the Little Ice Age to the onset of global warming in the 1800s, the coralline algae show how Arctic sea ice has responded to climate swings for the past 650 years.
Polar Bear Attack Highlights Dangers of Warming Arctic
An attack by a polar bear on two people last week in a tiny Canadian town has left many local people shaken and scientists wondering anew whether attacks like this one could become more common as the Arctic warms.
In the Arctic, High Stakes Mean Great Opportunities
It’s in the wild places that we do our best thinking. So when I was stepped up to podium to moderate a forum on the Arctic for the National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge initiative, it felt only right to open the session by apologizing for us all being inside.
Arctic Methane: And so it begins…(again)
Here we are again, in the Arctic for the final MAMM field campaign. Well, I’m actually not quite in the Arctic yet, as I’m currently on a train that has just departed from Boden, which is at about 65.5N, just half a degree south of the Arctic Circle.