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ICARP III: Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 13 February 2015 09:12

ICARP III logo ICARP III logo The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is hosting an information webinar entitled "ICARP III: Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future." This event is scheduled for Wednesday, 18 February 2015 and is open to anyone interested in learning more about
the 3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III). ICARP III aims at engaging all partners in shaping the future of Arctic research needs. Throughout the open process, the Arctic community has contributed to the overall objectives. The goal of the webinar is to synthesize the ICARP III efforts and develop a sense of understanding on the project. Presenters include Dr. Volker Rachold (Executive Secretary of IASC), who will address the planning process and activities leading up to the ISAR-4 and ICARP III Symposium at the Arctic Science Summit week 2015; and Dr. Larry Hinzman (Director of IARC) who will discuss implications and value of ICARP III to the broader science community, stakeholders, and the public. ARCUS is an ICARP III Steering Committee member, offering support for outreach to the public, education, and science communities. Instructions for joining the webinar will be sent after completing the registration form.

 

To register, click here.

 

For further information about ICARP, click here.

For further information, please contact:


Sarah Bartholow, ICARP III Steering Committee Member
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Advances in Polar Science newly published a special issue on the rapid change of Arctic sea ice and its possible effects
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 08:35

Cover of APSCover of APSIn December 2014, Advances in Polar Science published a special issue focusing on "The Rapid Change of Arctic Sea Ice and its Possible Effects on High- and Mid-Latitude Weather and Climate(RCASI)". This special issue is based on submissions from scientists of China, Finland, Germany and Japan, altogether 12 manuscripts, 9 articles of which were released as expected, with the great guidance of three guest editors(Prof. Matti Leppäranta, Prof. Timo Vihma, Prof. Huiding Wu) and Prof. Bin Cheng. All articles can be downloaded in APS website (click here).

As we know, rapid changes of Arctic sea ice cover have been in the focus of the international climate research community in recent years. Quite a few of nations have completed a large number of related surveys and research projects in the Arctic Ocean. Improved knowledge on the atmosphere – sea ice – ocean interactions in the Arctic is a prerequisite for better understanding of the linkages between the Arctic and mid-latitude climate. These linkages have received increasing attention in the recent years with rapidly warming Arctic but several cold winters in mid-latitudes. We expect that the present special issue will provide a foundation for further research on these themes.

 
3rd Barents Indigenous Peoples' Congress 2015
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:23

BIPC banner (source:https://www.barents.no/indigenous/bipc-2015/) BIPC banner (source:https://www.barents.no/indigenous/bipc-2015/) On February 4th 2015, indigenous politicians and parliamentarians from Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland gathered in Tromsø for the "3rd Barents Indigenous Peoples' Congress 2015" to discuss and share views and experiences regarding the role and influence of indigenous peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. The conference, titled "Barents Indigenous 2050 - impacts of our footprints" and organized by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat in close cooperation with the Centre for Sámi studies at the Arctic University of Norway, focused on the future for indigenous languages and the co-existence between extractive industries and indigenous peoples in the Barents Region. The meeting was held in coordination with the annual Sámi week.
State Secretary Morten Høglund with the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in his speech at the congress that "this Third Barents Indigenous Peoples Congress is a tangible manifestation of this successful cooperation, which the Norwegian government wholeheartedly supports. We are therefore very pleased that the four countries of the Barents Region have now agreed to provide regular financing for the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples". The Norwegian State Secretary, however, used the occation also to epressed his concerns about marginalization of human rights activists and indigenous peoples' representatives by Russian authorities. Mr. Høglund in fact recalled the incident occured last year with Valentina Sovkina, when she was harrazed on her way from Kola Peninsula to the UN World Conferance on Indigenous peoples in New York (read the full story at BarentsObserver) by Russian law enforcement officers.
Russia (that will chair the Barents Euro-Arctic Council from next fall (2015) to 2017) represented by Aleksandr Zelenov said in response to the Norwegian State Secretary that they "are interested in dialogue, not confrontation", and indigenous peoples isssue is a natural priority for Russia. In fact, when taking over the chair of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Russia will organize a regional indigenous peoples summit (but no location was announced during the conference).

 

(Main source: Barents Observer. Read more here).

 
Third Barents Indigenous Peoples’ Congress 2015
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:23

BIPC banner (Source: https://www.barents.no/indigenous/bipc-2015/) BIPC banner (Source: https://www.barents.no/indigenous/bipc-2015/) On February 4th 2015, indigenous politicians and parliamentarians from Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland gathered in Tromsø  for the "3rd Barents Indigenous Peoples' Congress 2015"  to discuss and share views and experiences regarding the role and influence of indigenous peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. The conference, titled  "Barents Indigenous 2050 - impacts of our footprints" and organized by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat in close cooperation with the Centre for Sámi studies at the Arctic University of Norway focused on the future for indigenous languages and the co-existence between extractive industries and indigenous peoples in the Barents Region. The meeting was held in coordination with the annual Sámi week.

State Secretary Morten Høglund with the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in his speech at the congress that "this Third Barents Indigenous Peoples Congress is a tangible manifestation of this successful cooperation, which the Norwegian government wholeheartedly supports. We are therefore very pleased that the four countries of the Barents Region have now agreed to provide regular financing for the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples". The Norwegian State Secretary, however, used the occation also to epressed his concerns about marginalization of human rights activists and indigenous peoples' representatives by Russian authorities. Mr. Høglund in fact recalled the incident occured last year with Valentina Sovkina, when she  was harrazed on her way from  Kola Peninsula to the UN World Conferance on Indigenous peoples in New York (read the full story at BarentsObserver) by Russian law enforcement officers.

Russia (that will chair the Barents Euro-Arctic Council from next fall (2015) to 2017) represented by Aleksandr Zelenov said in response to the Norwegian State Secretary that they "are interested in dialogue, not confrontation", and indigenous peoples isssue is a natural priority for Russia. In fact, when taking over the chair of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Russia will organize a regional indigenous peoples summit (but no location was announced during the conference). 

 

Main source: Barents Observer. Read more here

 

 
Nordic cleantech office opens in the United Arab Emirates
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:38

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Source:Getty Images)President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Source:Getty Images)We report today the news released by NORDEN on the launch of a new Nordic cleantech incubator at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The office, opened under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers, will provide a soft landing zone for Nordic cleantech companies that seek new business opportunities in the Emirates and the wider Gulf area.

The New Nordic incubator office will provide an attractive platform for Nordic cleantech businesses already based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as a good starting place for new companies, combining the strong brand values of Masdar City and the Nordic region.

Several Nordic companies have already expressed an interest in renting an office space in the incubator, and the ambition is to fill it quickly.

Together on a global market
Pointing out cleantech as one of the biggest strengths of the Nordic region, the President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, hopes that as many companies as possible will see the benefits from utilising the incubator.

– I hope that the different companies in our respective countries will realise that this is not just an office in the normal sense. This is an opening of new possibilities, of a global transformation, which in my opinion has an enormous potential, said the President in his opening speech.

Abu Dhabi and the UAE have quickly emerged as a new global hotspot for renewable energy and clean technology. Masdar City, Abu Dhabi's low-carbon, sustainable urban development, is also the permanent home to the International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA).

Nordic branding
The incubator office is a result of an initiative by the Nordic Council of Ministers for Business and is managed by Nordic Innovation, an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers that works to promote trade and innovation across the Nordic borders.

The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten, welcomes this new Nordic venture.

– We are happy to see more Nordic cooperation in the UAE and look forward to the important work now starting out in this economic hotspot. Nordic cooperation has a strong focus on green growth, so the new platform for clean tech solutions is an exciting addition to this effort. Furthermore, a new Nordic branding strategy is underway and this is an area where the Nordic countries really have a lot to offer the world, Mr. Høybråten said in a statement.

Just common sense
To establish a joint Nordic platform that the new incubator office represents is the only sensible thing to do, according to the Icelandic President.

– To some extent, the Nordic countries are a kind of a Silicon Valley of renewable energy, because what we have done each of us this area is a formidable combination when you put all of it together. By opening the office here, we are utilising the strength of the combined Nordic achievements in this area, the President summed up at the opening event.

 

Source: NORDEN. Read more here

 
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