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House of Lords: call for evidence
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:37

(Image: Vault Handler) House of Lords, Parliament of United Kingdom (Image: Vault Handler) House of Lords, Parliament of United Kingdom The House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic has just published its call for evidence. The call for evidence, sets out a number of questions which the Committee would like to receive written submission on.

The deadline for receipt of evidence is 29th September 2014; written evidence should be submitted online using the submission form available here.

You can follow the progress of the inquiry here and, via Twitter.

Should you have any questions, please contact the House of Lords, Committee on the Arctic directly: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More information about the call for evidence is available here.

1st Arctic Resource Governance Network research project is now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:23

(Logo: Institute of the North) (Logo: Institute of the North) The Institute of the North is excited to release the first 2014 Arctic Resource Governance Network research project. This project reviews and discusses the impact of electrical grid connectivity on social and economic development. This white paper explores the current electrical capacity in five communities—Anadyr, Hammerfest, Iqaluit, Nome, and Reyðarfjörður—in the circumpolar north, as well as the subsequent effects on local economic and social well-being. This white paper is available in two parts:

1. Executive Summary and Findings
2. Community Case Studies

The Arctic Resource Governance Network (ARGN) brings together and creates opportunities for a broad and diverse group of individuals and organizations that have a common interest in the Arctic Energy and Mining issues.


The Network helps its members to create new relationships and partnerships within the sector of Arctic energy and mining, develop a better understanding of common challenges, share unique and innovative experience as well as to work across the northern distance.

Click here to read more about the Network and to subscribe for the membership.

ISEE 2014 coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 21 July 2014 13:46

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)The biannual conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics will be hosted by the University of Iceland 13 - 15 August 2014. The theme of the conference will be Well-being and Equity within Planetary Boundaries.

ISEE is a non - profit, member-governed, organization dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships between ecological, social, and economic systems for the mutual well-being of nature and people.

As economic, social and environmental systems worldwide face increasing pressures and the call for an alternative economic approach becomes louder, we aim to provide a welcoming environment for critical conversations on the role and ability of Ecological Economics to provide paths and tools towards effective alternative solutions for the future.

Towards this aim the conference will offer a combination of oral and poster presentations, keynote lectures from prominent scholars from within and outside our community, pre-conference activities and exciting off-venue excursions.

The location of the conference itself also has a lot to offer to the discussion. Iceland is at the forefront in transforming energy systems towards low-carbon and renewable energy sources with approximately 82% primary energy use derived from domestic renewable energy resources (hydro and geopower).


As conference participants will experience, over 90% of all houses in the country are heated with geothermal energy, outdoor heated swimming pools are everywhere (conference participants should remember to pack their bathing suits) and 99% of electricity is produced from potentially renewable energy resources. But even if Iceland can provide inspiring examples, debates rage about the use of our energy resources, property rights, the management of other natural resources as well as the environment, not to mention the catastrophic economic collapse that took place in 2008.


Click here to find out more about the conference.

The 26th EAIE Conference coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 18 July 2014 09:51

(Logo: European Association of International Education) (Logo: European Association of International Education) The 26th Annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference will take place 16 – 18 September 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. The theme of the event is: ´´Stepping into the new era´´, marking the significant transformations of the international education field.

The conference will focus on the internationalization of higher education which has strengthen tremendously over the past 25 years and higher education professionals are now looking to the next steps; the next phase of internationalisation.

The time, where the higher education is undergoing some of the greatest transformations ever in all aspects of teaching, learning and administration, is now.

Scientists and educators predict that this transformation will change the mould of the traditional higher education institutions.

The conference will try to answer the questions of what the next 25 years will bring with regards to this matter.

Permafrost thaw cracks urban infrastructure
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:59

(Photo S. Weege) The coring team working to get the core barrel out of the ground which got stuck. Buzzing around are hundreds of mosquitoes (Photo S. Weege) The coring team working to get the core barrel out of the ground which got stuck. Buzzing around are hundreds of mosquitoesThis year, students from Russia, United States, Norway, Germany, Italy, China and United Kingdom, have been spending part of July, researching and studying the effects of permafrost thaw on Russian cities.

The young researchers will conduct permafrost studies during next 2 weeks of Siberian summer school.

Next week, the new series of PAGE21 summer blogs will start in order to raise awareness of general public and inform about changing permafrost and its global effects in the 21st century.

This year, PAGE21 young researchers will blog from Herschel Island, Samoylov and Cherskii. They will be available through the PAGE21 website.

Approximately 24% of the exposed land surface in the Northern Hemisphere is permafrost, according to a United Nations Environment Program report. Permafrost, or perennially frozen ground, has been under intense recent study because of the rapid acceleration of permafrost thaw.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Arctic Report Card notes that in 2013 record high permafrost temperatures were recorded in Alaska and Canada, and in 2012 active permafrost layer thickness in west Siberia was the greatest observed since 1996.

To learn more about permafrost research, please access the PAGE21 website.

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