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Whale hunt in Iceland continues
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 30 June 2014 09:53

(Photo: Getty Images)The hunting season in Iceland has officially begun with a fin whale to be the first catch. Once again Icelandic whalers have resumed the activity despite of the condemnation of whaling practices that was introduced in moratorium from 1982.

Fin whale, also called finback whale or common rorqual, is a North Atlantic marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. Fin whale is the second longest animal in the world and second largest after a blue whale, growing up to 28 meters long and weighing nearly 74 tonnes.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) issued a moratorium on commercial hunting of this whale, although Iceland and Japan have resumed hunting: in 2009 and 2010, Iceland took 125 and 148 fin whales, while Japan took eighteen in seven seasons (2005–12) of Antarctic whaling.


Iceland exported 500–600 tons of fin whale meat to Japan in 2011, worth 486,189,000 ISK ($3.8 million). The species is also hunted by Greenlanders under the IWC's Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling provisions.


Global population estimates range from less than 100,000 to roughly 119,000.

Opportunity to study in Russia now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 27 June 2014 09:27

(Logo: Narfu) (Logo: Narfu)International students are welcome to apply for Northern (Arctic) Federal University quota scholarship program funded by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Dynamically developing as an international university, NArFU is offering training to the students from more than 30 foreign countries (Europe, CIS, South-East Asia and Latin America). Being a rapidly expanding Arctic-focused university and as a member of Russia Leading University Association, NArFU provides international students with high-quality education, academic mobility programs, international projects and internships and advanced research infrastructure and great opportunities for social life activities.

NArFU provides international students with wide choice of educational programs in natural and applied sciences (petroleum engineering, construction, biotechnology, power engineering), mathematics and IT, economics, management, social sciences and humanities.
Within the NArFU quota scholarship program international students are welcome to apply to the following programs:

- Preparatory Department (intensive Russian language course as well as training in basic subjects for the further admission to the University);
- Bachelor degree;
- Master degree.

For detailed information about application procedure to Quota Scholarship Programme, see the attached document.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the University directly:

Telephone: 007(8182) 21 61 96, 007 (8182) 21 89 27,
Skype: narfu_interstudent
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Job opportynity available!
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:32

(Logo: University of Exeter) (Logo: University of Exeter) University of Exeter, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow to support the work of Prof. Pierre Friedlingstein within the EU/FP7 funded PAGE21.


The position is available immediately for 12 months. The post will include development of permafrost dynamics in JULES, the land surface model of the Hadley Centre ESM. The task will involve process level development, evaluation and future climate projections in order to assess the vulnerability of permafrost.


Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. At Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognized authority in climate or land surface modelling and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies.


The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Click here for the full job description and additional documents.


For further information please contact Professor Pierre Friedlingstein: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Transatlantic Science Week ´14 announced
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:16

(Logo: Transatlantic Science Week) (Logo: Transatlantic Science Week) The Transatlantic Science Week will take place in Toronto, 27 – 28 October 2014.

This year´s Transatlantic Science Week marks the 13th annual conference and will focus on challenges and opportunities in the Arctic. The special focus will be given to Arctic societies, sustainability and safety in the Region.

The event offers a unique meeting opportunity for sciences, business and educational institutions from both North America and Europe to elaborate on safety, sustainability and peoples of the Arctic states.

Participation at Transatlantic Science Week is free of charge. Online registration is now open and will remain until Monday, 6th of October 2014.

Click here for more information and to register.

Arctic sea ice reaches maximum extent for 2014
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:19

(Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center) (Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center)National Snow and Ice Data Center has issued an update to Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis describing a winter sea ice conditions in the Arctic Ocean.

The Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on March 21st at 14, 91 million square kilometres (5,76 square miles), making it the fifth lowest maximum in the satellite record.

Arctic sea ice extent for May averaged 12.78 million square kilometers (4.93 million square miles). This is 610,000 square kilometers (235,500 square miles) below the 1981 to 2010 average for the month. May 2014 was now the third lowest May extent in the satellite record.

As the melt season is underway, the see ice extent becomes even lower during the month of June. Sea ice retreated most rapidly in the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas, and in the Barents Sea where a small area south of the Franz Josef Land archipelago opened early in the month.

Click here for more information about the recent Arctic sea ice extent news and analysis.

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