Russia should regain its leading role in development of the Arctic, and an important step there is to adopt a basic law on development of the Russian Arctic regions, speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament Valentina Matviyenko told a meeting of the Expert Council on the Arctic and Antarctic.→
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed the integrated development plan of the Northern Sea Route. →
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree allocating over 205 million rubles ($4 million) to invest into North Pole drifting station's operation in the Arctic. →
Ministers from eight Arctic states and leaders of Arctic Indigenous Peoples met today in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, marking the conclusion of Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship and the beginning of the United States’ Chairmanship.→
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö have discussed cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats, relations between Russia and the European Union, and the partnership in the Arctic.→
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Russia is beginning "Arctic industrialization" with the large-scale Arctic exploration.→
Shell Arctic oil drilling to start within fortnight
Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks. →
Genome study brings mammoth back from the dead
The genetic adaptations which allowed woolly mammoths to endure severe Arctic conditions has been found. →
Colorful Arctic animals photos could help scientists
New photographs of fluorescent sea creatures on the Arctic seafloor could help researchers determine how much methane will make its way to the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. →
Archaeologists study ancient 'Gog and Magog' ritual site in Russian Arctic
Archaeologists set out to study an ancient ritual sacrifice site in the Russian Arctic, associated with Biblical prophecies, in a race against time as soil erosion continues to sweep away the artifacts. →
New Arctic research projects to start
The Scottish Association for Marine Science has announced the start of two research projects in the Arctic. →
Canadian government expanded the list of anti-Russia sanctions
New Ottawa’s anti-Russian sanctions include 3 individuals and 14 legal entities. →
Canada creates Polar Medal for Arctic explorers
The Canadian government announced the creation of a new medal to honor people who’ve made a difference in Canada’s North. →
American widower to ride motorcycle to Arctic Circle
Bob Pocreva, an 80-year-old retired Air Force pilot, is on a motorcycle headed for the Arctic Circle. →
Shell's Arctic drilling to become threat for Pacific walrus
A number of environmental groups are asking the Department of the Interior to rescind permission Shell has been granted to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic this summer because the company's plan would not protect the walrus. →
Harvard Political Review
The Arctic’s Human Voice
At the foot of the Bassečohka Mountain, thousands of reindeer lumber through the snow in tandem. In a sea of antlers, fur, and hooves, they seem indistinguishable. But closer inspection reveals several patterns notched gently and painlessly on the skin of their ears.
Arctic cruise: A polar adventure from Greenland to Canada
The Arctic is like the Sahara, a place where everything is reduced to essence. It is a continent that, unlike so many others, we can neither domesticate nor reduce to servitude; a place where mountains come to die in polar deserts, glaciers calve vast orphan icebergs and an ineffable light washes across a dark unfathomable sea, stretching to infinite sky. In its 5.5 million square miles of emptiness, only the hardiest survive.
Saving puffins and 'King Penguin,' too
“Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock” (Yale University Press, 2015) is written by Stephen W. Kress, Ph.D. ’72, director of the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Restoration Program, with Boston Globe associate editor Derrick Z. Jackson.
Exploding Arctic snow geese numbers stabilizing, but still high
After more than a decade of devastating huge swaths of Arctic tundra, booming populations of snow geese may have finally stabilized. But scientists say the teeming flocks, which have turned fertile grasslands into salty mud flats, are still at unheard-of levels and have forced wildlife managers to consider a whole new problem.
Rapid Arctic ice loss linked to extreme weather changes in Europe and US
Arctic is warming faster than elsewhere, triggering changes in the jet stream which will create more extreme weather in western Europe and North America, researchers say.