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27 January 2011

Russian Icebreaker - Sodruzhestvo

The Sodruzhestvo mother fishery ship has been stuck in thick ice in Russia's Far East Sea of Okhotsk since 31st of December. The Bereg Nadezhdy ship and the Professor Kizevetter research vessel, got also stuck in two-meter-thick ice in the Sea of Okhotsk on the same day, but have been rescued.

26 January 2011

Munk School of Global Affairs

The Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs in cooperation with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation released on tuesday public opinion research report on global perceptions of Arctic security titled: Rethinking the Top of the World: Arctic Security Public Opinion Survey.

24 January 2011

EU Arctic Policy

The European Parliament newly adopted a Report on Sustainable EU Policy for the High North - The Gahler report.

21 January 2011


The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Working Group (AMAP) have released a handout showing key scientific findings from their 2011 Mercury Assessment report. The hand-out describes why mercury is a concern in the region and key scientific findings from the 2011 Mercury Assessment report are listed, showcasing the Arctic region as a major area of impact.

10 January 2011

Air Greenland jet

Air Greenland has announces a lockout of its pilots and cabin crew due to a collapse in the negotiations of the wage dispute. This means that all Air Greenland's flights are cancelled for the rest of the week.

7 January 2011

Air Greenland jet

According to an announcement from Air Greenland a strike is in the air on Sunday, 9th of January due to wage dispute of pilots of the company.

5 January 2011

Icelandic whaling boats

A website has been launched where tourists are encouraged to boycott Iceland as their vacation destination due to the country's whaling policy.

3 January 2011

Inuit sailing in arctic waters

Climate change is altering people’s diet, according to Professor Barry Smit at the University Of Guelph, Canada. Professor Smit has conducted a research for the past five years on how melting ice and change in climate is affecting northern communities in Canada.

21 December 2010

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

Applications are invited for the post of General Secretary of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The post, which will become vacant on 31 January 2012, is based at the Council's headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

17 December 2010

Helicopter in the air

Member states of the Arctic Council, Canada, Denmark on behalf f the Faroe islands and Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and The US have finished drafting a cooperation agreement on search and rescue in the Arctic in a meeting held in Reykjavík 14.-16.

14 December 2010

Russian Saami in Kola peninsula

Barents Observer / Barents Indigenous Peoples' Office - The Russian Saami in Kola peninsula have founded a first democratically elected representative organ by establishing the Saami Parliament of Murmansk Oblast or Kuelnegk Soamet Sobbar, as the Parliament is called in original language.

7 December 2010

EU Arctic Policy

EU-ARCTIC-Forum will be hosting a debate with Arctic Stakeholders on the European Parliaments Report "A Sustainable EU policy for the High North" on 8. December 2010 in Brussels.

28 November 2010

Cargo ship in the arctic

Barents Observer - The Sovcomflot Group (SCF), Russia's largest shipping company and one of the world's leading energy transporters, and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, signed a strategic cooperation agreement in the energy transportation.

24 November 2010


Confrontation or cooperation
November 25th, the University of Akureyri
NEXUS, research forum for security and defense
UNAK, Polar Law Institute
Northern Research Forum

On 25 November, the University of Akureyri, NEXUS: a Research Forum on Security and Defence), and the Northern Research Forum - in cooperation with the Icelandic Foreign Ministry - are co-organizing a Conference on Arctic matters. The Conference will be held at the University of Akureyri from 9:00 to 17:00 hours.

20 November 2010

IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action

The IPY 2012 Conference in Montreal is the final event of International Polar Year 2007 - 2008, the largest international program of interdisciplinary polar research ever undertaken.

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