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Online seminar on reindeers
Other News
Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:14

Reindeers on the run (Photo: GettyImages) Reindeers on the run (Photo: GettyImages)A seminar entitled Civilisation of Reindeer and future of the Arctic is shown live over the internet today.

The seminar has many interesting speakers and presentation and it is easily accessible here.

Click this link to follow the seminar live.

Nomadic Herders and Industrial Development of Natural Resources is held in the Nomadic Herders Days in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The venue is 
Saint-Petersburg State University, Faculty of Geography and Geoecology and the chair of the today is  Dr. Konstantin Klokov.



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Barents cooperation stressed at NArFU
Other News
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:30

From the conference yesterday (Photo: NArFU) From the conference yesterday (Photo: NArFU)Leading researches and experts, politicians, representatives from business and authorities are attending the conference "Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region in the field of education and research as a resource for regional development" which began yesterday.

The conference is held in the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU). In a welcoming address Britt Vigdis Ekelu, vice President of Education in the University of Tromsø said that it was "very interesting for us to discuss our common past.

Fruitful and extensive cooperation in the fields of medicine, education, biology, student exchange has been established between our universities during the years of collaboration," she said, and stressed close cooperation in the region.

The first plenary session was held later with the framework of the conference. Sverre Stub, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway spoke about "Norway's views on the Barents cooperation". Andrej Shalev, Honorary Council of Norway in Archangelsk reviewed the last twenty years of Barents Cooperation.

President UArctic Lars Kullerud held a lecture about "Circumpolar cooperation in higher education and research: University of the Arctic". Katja Sukuvaara, Senior Advisor, Joint Managing Authority, Kolarctic ENPI CBC Programme spoke about the Kolarctic program.

"Cooperation gave us an opportunity to normalize relationships between the countries in a small amount of time," Sverre Stub said. "And the most important thing is that this cooperation has been gradually developing and involved more and more people. Contacts between people became the main basis of Barents region cooperation and turned to be the greatest achievement."

Later a panel discussion was held on the theme "Northern Universities for the development of the region: new realities – new perspectives". A dialogue between the university community and politicians". The discussion focused on the issues of Barents region cooperation, new challenges of education and research in the North, the role of universities in the development of international relationships. Special attention was paid to the problems of Barents region, such as population outflow.

The first day of the conference be considered as having been a successful event not only because of the quality of the lectures and but also because of its international character. The participants praised a constructive and motivating atmosphere during the sessions and informal talks, according to the Narfu website.


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Two windmills rise in Iceland
Energy News
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 09:10

The windmills being moved (Photo: DV: Stefán Karlsson) The windmills being moved (Photo: DV: Stefán Karlsson)Iceland will have two new windmills set up this winter. They were transported to its location this week, but Iceland has a short history of windmill use.

Iceland is rich in energy and geothermal power is the major input, of 2/3 of Iceland's energy production. Iceland imports around 14% of its energy sources.

Hydroelectric power accounts for almost 20% of the energy production but hopes for the windmills are high. Energy company Landsvirkjun is setting up the windmills, each is 900kw but in total their energy production will be around 5,4 Gwh per year.

They are 55m high and each blade is 22m in length. The total height is therefore 77m. 

Energy production in Iceland in 2011. Click to enlarge. Numbers from Iceland statistics. Energy production in Iceland in 2011. Click to enlarge. Numbers from Iceland statistics.In wind at 15m per second they produce its peak total, but if the wind goes below 3m they automatically stop to produce. It peaks in between 15m and 28m per second wind and stops again if the wind goes beyond 34m. 

German company Energon produced the windmills and will help with insertation in December. They should be able t run full speed in January. 

Landsvirkjun says on their website that the windmills are a part of research- and development program for sustainable energy in Iceland, and that several areas are well equipped for windmill use.

Windmills are generally 0,5-1 kw and Landsvirkjun says that it is very well possible for Iceland to produce 50-100 Gwh per years with windmills within a few decades.






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New report on melting glaciers
Climate Change News
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:55

Melting glacier in Svalbard (Photo: Hjalti - Arctic Portal) Melting glacier in Svalbard (Photo: Hjalti - Arctic Portal)A new report of current rates of changes of land ice in the Arctic and North-Atlantic region has been released. It shows that the Greenlandic glacier shrinks by 200 square kilometers every year.

Helgi Björnsson, a glaciologist at the University of Iceland, says that the Greenlandic glacier is melting rapidly, at twice the rate in the last 10-20 years. The glacier tongue is also stretching further out in the ocean than ever.

The report states that the world oceans are rising of 3,3mm every year, and almost 1/5 of that is because of the Greenlandic glacier. Only 20 years ago it was 2mm less per year.

The report included research on ice in Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard and Scandinavia. 

Glaciers in Iceland are also getting thinner, by 1 meter every year. Since 1990 glaciers in Iceland has shrunk by 150 square kilometers.

The report is available here, in the Arctic Portal Library.

This is the first Interim report of current rates of changes of land ice in the Arctic and North-Atlantic region from the Nordic Centre of Excellence 'Stability and Variations of Arctic.

Land Ice' (SVALI). SVALI is one of three Nordic Centres of Excellence within the Nordic Top Research Initiative sub-programme 'Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere'. The report (Deliverable D.1.1-7 in the project) is written by the partners in Theme 1 "Observing the present – baseline and changes".

The report is a step towards answering one of the key questions to be addressed within SVALI: How fast is land-ice volume in the Arctic and North-Atlantic area changing?

The report is available here, in the Arctic Portal Library.



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RAIPON´s recess causes public clamor
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:14

(Logo: RAIPON)(Logo: RAIPON)

At the beginning of November 2012, The Russian government sparked major reactions internationally, when the country's Ministry of Justice ordered the closure of Russian's indigenous peoples' umbrella organization RAIPON, because of an "alleged lack of correspondence between the association's statutes and federal law".


This topic brought much attention to the Haparanda SAO Meeting that took place 14th – 15th November 2012 in the northern part of Sweden. The Senior Arctic Officials and Permanent Participant Heads of Delegation, including both Russia and RAIPON, drafted a statement which SAO Chair Gustaf Lind read at the meeting.


RAIPON´s vice-president Pavel Sulyandziga is determined to fight decision of Russian Federal Government as reported on the organization´s website.


Support from social movements, organizations and human rights groups was announced as urgently needed.


RAIPON played a central role in the international cooperation among indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic and other Arctic states. Over the 20 years of its existence, RAIPON has worked actively to protect indigenous peoples' human rights and legal interests, as well as to promote their right to self governance. RAIPON represented 41 groups of Indigenous peoples, in total some 300,000. They live in 60 percent of the whole territory of the Russian Federation from Murmansk to Kamchatka.





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