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Higher temperatures, thicker ice
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 17 February 2014 10:29

(Photo: Getty Images) Polar bears need a platform of sea ice to reach their prey.(Photo: Getty Images) Polar bears need a platform of sea ice to reach their prey.Arctic sea ice extent remained lower than average in January, and just within two standard deviations of the long-term average.

 

Arctic temperatures remained above average, even as cold winter air embraced North America. The retention of more sea ice in September 2013 has increased the overall thickness and volume of the ice pack compared to recent years. Antarctic sea ice remains significantly more extensive than average.

 

Arctic sea ice extent continued to track below average during January, remaining just within two standard deviations of the long-term average. The average extent for January was 13.73 million square kilometers (5.30 million square miles). This is 800,000 square kilometers (309,000 square miles) less than the 1981 to 2010 average, and 160,000 square kilometers (61,800 square miles) above the previous record low for the month of January set in 2011.

 

(Photo: GettyImages) In summer, polar bears curl up on the tundra to find a food there. (Photo: GettyImages) In summer, polar bears curl up on the tundra to find a food there. Sea ice extent remains below average in the Barents Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Bering Sea. While recent winters have seen more extensive sea ice in the Bering Sea, this is the first January since 2005 for which below average conditions have been observed there. Extent is close to average in Baffin Bay, the Labrador Sea, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.


However, the Arctic temperatures remain above average. In Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard, differently from previous years, the average temperature has been 1.6°C which is almost 15°C above average. At this time of year, temperature in this part of the Arctic should remain 16 °C below zero.


Researchers conclude that key Arctic locations are facing more rains and warmer temperatures.


The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that the temperature in the Arctic increased around 7°C in this century.

 
Arctic Winter Games coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 14 February 2014 10:22

(Photo: CBC News) Athletes compete in the snowshoe biathlon in the 2008 Arctic Winter Games. (Photo: CBC News) Athletes compete in the snowshoe biathlon in the 2008 Arctic Winter Games.The Arctic Winter games will take place 15 – 22 of March 2014in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States.


This year Fairbanks 2014 Arctic Winter Games Host Society will organize and facilitate the 2014 Arctic Winter Games, resulting in well-anticipated and cohesive events that reflect energy and international discovery.


The Arctic Winter Games is the world's largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The Arctic Winter Games are a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents.


Athletic competition features sports that enjoy worldwide popularity alongside traditional Arctic Sports and dene Games. A significant cultural component featuring visual arts, dance, ceremonies and galas with participants from across the circumpolar region is a pillar of the Games.


Click here to read more about the Arctic Winter Games 2014.

 
Canada for people of the North
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:31

Canadian Ambassador to Iceland, Mr Stewart Wheeler Canadian Ambassador to Iceland, Mr Stewart WheelerToday, 13th of February 2013, the Ambassador of Canada to Iceland, Mr Stewart Wheeler held the meeting at the University of Akureyri, northern Iceland. The Canadian representative updated the Icelandic – Arctic network on current Canada´s Arctic Council (AC) chairmanship issues and initiatives.


The deputy chief of mission highlighted special focus that was given to Northerners 'participation in the mission of the AC. He stressed out that there are over four million people, living in the eight Arctic states that make up the AC and call that region Home.


Mr Wheeler reminded the theme of Canada´s chairmanship, which is: ´´The development for the people of the North´´ with a focus on responsible Arctic resource development, safe Arctic shipping, search and rescue operations, education and sustainable development of circumpolar communities.


The Ambassador discussed Iceland´s engagement in AC initiatives and expressed his satisfaction with cooperation of two governments.


Click here to learn more about the AC program during Canada´s chairmanship.

 
New Arctic Studies minor approved
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:40

(Photo: The Daily, University of Washington) UW students in the winter quarter 2011 Task Force on Arctic Governance stand in front of Foreign Affairs, Canada in Ottawa. (Photo: The Daily, University of Washington) UW students in the winter quarter 2011 Task Force on Arctic Governance stand in front of Foreign Affairs, Canada in Ottawa. UArctic member the University of Washington has approved a new minor degree program in Arctic Studies through their Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Oceanography, and College of the Environment.


In the announcement Nadine Fabbi, associate director of the Canadian Studies Center, notes the partnership with UArctic provides students in the new minor program with opportunities for international networking.

 

"It's a terrific opportunity to be involved with students from around the circumpolar world.

 

Students can be a part of a network that's really trying to build a regional identity through education," Fabbi said.

 

(From The Daily, University of Washington, by Naqiah Azhar)

 

Click here for more information about the Arctic Studies program at the University of Washington. 

 
Iceland-China Free Trade Agreement passed
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 10 February 2014 09:50

(Image: GettyImages) (Image: GettyImages) Last week, the Icelandic Parliament passed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. The Icelandic Althing consisted of 61 members from whom 56 voted in favour of the Agreement, 2 against and 3 members abstained.


According to the Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the FTA will positively strengthen the relationship between two countries.


The newly passed agreement will help to find solutions to shared interests, create new business opportunities in such areas as trade of goods and services, investment competition, intellectual property and many more.


Newly passed Agreement will help Iceland to become an active part in booming economy for years to come.


A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Iceland and China was signed 15 April 2013 in Beijing by Mr. Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland, and Mr. Gao Hucheng, Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Iceland and the Premier of China. The Iceland-China Free Trade Agreement is the first FTA signed between China and a European country.


Click here to download the Free Trade Agreement between China and Iceland.

 
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