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8 September 2023

Arctic Circle

The draft program for the 10th Arctic Circle Assembly, to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland from October 19-21.2023 has been published.


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7 September 2023

3.8.1 SeaRoutes SeaIce2022 EEZ ProjRussia LRes

The lack of sufficient and qualified infrastructure, including ice-class fleet of carriers and support ice-breakers, is hindering the development of the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic stated the head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, Alexei Chekunkov, in an interview with RBC Russian media on the eve of this years Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. He further stated that there are not enough shipyards in the world to build the needed fleet.

4 September 2023

6.5 Fin Whale LRes

Activists trying to prevent the departure of whaling boats from Reykjavík Harbor. The police were called to the Reykjavík Harbor in Iceland this morning due to protests against the intended departure of two whaling ships of Hvalur ltd.

4 September 2023

Morten Høglund Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials

Norway's Chairship has been termed the most significant in Arctic Council history given the current unique geopolitical situation. In an interview published on the Arctic Council website Morten Høglund, the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, discusses the progress made and challenges in the Council's work over the past three months.

29 August 2023

Arctic LNG2 towed to Gydan

The Gravity Based Structure Platform ( CBS ) of Arctic LNG 2’s First LNG Train, weighing a record 640.000 tons, has been installed at Gydan in the Russian Arctic.

18 August 2023

Island Plates Active Volcanos 2023

The Icelandic Met Office has officially declared the cessation of the eruption at Litli-Hrútur on Reykjanes by Reykjavík, which started on July 10th.

16 August 2023

2nd International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic

The second INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PLASTICS IN THE ARCTIC AND SUB-ARCTIC REGION will be held on November 22-23, 2023 in the Harpa Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland.

11 August 2023

International Traditional Reindeer Herding Championship

RESOLUTION: International Conference. Sustainable Development of Reindeer Husbandry in the Context of Global Changes in the Arctic as part of the International Championship in Traditional Reindeer Husbandry Neryungri, Neryungri district, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

10 August 2023

 Arctic Portal news

An agreement between Iceland and Canada on youth mobility between the ages of 18 and 30 was signed in Winnipeg on August 3rd. This long-awaited agreement stipulates that young people of that age group can travel and work in Canada and/or Iceland for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extending their stay by 12 months.

2 August 2023

Map: Polar Bear population 2021

The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is the world’s largest land-going predator. It lives in coastal areas and on sea ice throughout the Arctic region. Polar bears live in 19 populations across the Arctic in Canada (estimated about 60%), U.S. (Alaska), Russia, Greenland, and Norway (Svalbard) with an estimated total population of 26.000 individuals as of 2021.

2 August 2023

Arctic Council members and observers 2022

In a highly interesting blog, Polar Points published by the Polar Institute of the Wilson Center on 27 July 2023, respected authors Edward Alexander & Evan T. Bloom offer their valuable reflections on the relationship between the Arctic Council and its Permanent Participants (PP´s), what it has achieved in the past, and where it might lead in the future.

28 July 2023

Xue Long 2 departing Shanghai July 12 2023

China's 13th Arctic expedition team set sail from its peer at the Polar Research Institute of China, PRIC, in Shanghai on Wednesday July 12th for a mission that is expected to last through late September and cover a voyage of 15,500 nautical miles.

28 July 2023

AP Map Arctic Shipping EEZ

Russia's State Duma deputies approved on 25 July a northern freight deliveries bill aiming to create a legal and organizational framework for northern freight deliveries to societies along the Northern Sea Route, NSR, in the Russian Arctic. The aim is to provide additional opportunities to accelerate modernization of transport infrastructure in the Arctic.

27 July 2023

Aurora Borealis in the Arctic

An early bird fee is now available for those who register before August 10th for the International Symposium on Auroral Physics (ISAP) - Register here!

25 July 2023

AIIB Sustainable Development Bonds - Impact Report 2023The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) recently published the latest edition of its annual Sustainable Development Bonds Impact Report demonstrating how its financing supports economic development in Asia and beyond.

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