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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.

21 July 2023

Arctic Yearbook 2023 Special Issue - Arctic Pandemics

The Arctic Yearbook today launched a Special Issue on Arctic pandemics: COVID-19 and other pandemic experiences and lessons learned. The volume includes 15 peer-reviewed articles and ten shorter contributions and is available open access on the Arctic Yearbook website

20 July 2023

The first floating LNG storage facility

The Russian Floating LNG Storage Facilities projects are designed to optimize logistics and transportation costs of LNG transshipments at the eastern and western ends of the Arctic sea route. Novatek, the largest natural gas producer in Russia, ordered two floating LNG storage units from South Korean Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering in 2020. The purpose is to shorten the transport distance for the specially designed and expensive ice-class tankers, reducing transport cost and increasing output volume.

18 July 2023

Reindeer in the arctic

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18 July 2023

Floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov

15 new floating nuclear power plants may appear along the Northern Sea Route in Russia in the next few years as Rosatom sees such a volume of potential demand from development in the region. This was stated at the session  "Northern Sea Route: New Challenges" during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum by the head of the state corporation Alexei Likhachev.

17 July 2023

CruiseShip in Akureyri 17July2023

Cruise ships are bringing new numbers of happy passengers to the North, contributing to the local economy, notably in Iceland and Norway. They are also regrettably bringing alarming pollution as highlighted in the June report by the European environmental organization Transport & Environment. Iceland and Norway now rank among the top ten European countries with the highest pollution levels from cruise ships! Arctic Portal has previously pointed towards this growing, unpleasant problem.

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