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The Arctic Yearbook launched
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:14

(Photo: the Arctic Yearbook 2014) (Photo: the Arctic Yearbook 2014) The Arctic Yearbook was launched on October 31st 2014, during the Arctic Circle conference that took place in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland.


The full publication is available free of charge on the Arctic Yearbook website, created and hosted by the Arctic Portal.

The Arctic Yearbook is edited by Lassi Heininen (Editor) with Heather Exner-Pirot and Joël Plouffe (Managing Editors) and is an activity of the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security and UArctic Institute Northern Research Forum.


The theme of this year's edition of the Yearbook is Human Capital in the North.

The online version of the Arctic Yearbook was fully developed and it is being hosted and supported by the Arctic Portal.

Click here to download the free copy.











PAGE21 General Assembly starts tomorrow
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:08

(Logo: PAGE21) (Logo: PAGE21)Tomorrow, the 12th of November 2014, the 3rd PAGE21 General Assembly will take place in Twente, The Netherlands at the conference hall of "Landgoedhotel De Wilmersberg".

During the first day, Wednesday 12 November, 16:00-19:00, a joint PAGE21 / GRENE-TEA workshop will be held. This workshop is open to all GA participants and will present selected results of projects, highlighting the complementarity nature of these two projects as well as new results, on both experimental and observation data and modeling.

Second day will focus on work packages presentations, their achievements during the past project year, milestones, deliverables, publications, other achievements.

During the 3rd PAGE21 GA, the upcoming deadlines will be discussed and their major outstanding issues.

Young scientists and their supervisors will update on the results from the field season and present the gathered data.

The conference will end on Friday, 14th of November. Click here for the updated agenda.

Business opportunities identified
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:12

(Photo: Andrey Osakovsky) Northern Forum´s representatives gather in Akureyri. (Photo: Andrey Osakovsky) Northern Forum´s representatives gather in Akureyri. Yesterday, the Northern Forum´s Regional Coordinators Committee Business Meeting took place.

New business opportunities in the sectors of energy extraction, shipping, fishing, health and tourism were identified in the Northern Forum member regions.

Energy extraction and increased shipping activities because of sea ice retreat are in particular characterized as being capital intensive and involving risks to the environment.

The potential environmental consequences of risk events such as an oil spill or ship accidents is significantly greater than in other regions, with implications for governments, businesses and the insurance industry.

Responsible realization of the economic opportunities in the Arctic will therefore depend on strong regulatory frameworks and corporate environmental commitment.

NF RCC will continue until 5th of November with the presentations from members´ regions. Closing remarks will be delivered by Vladimir Vasiliev – recent NF Director.


Northern Forum meets in Akureyri
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 03 November 2014 15:00

(Photo: Northern Forum) President of Iceland, Ólafur R. Grímsson (Photo: Northern Forum) President of Iceland, Ólafur R. Grímsson Northern Forum´s 2014 Regional Coordinators Committee meeting has begun today in Akureyri, Iceland; following the end of the Arctic Circle assembly in Reykjavik. Welcoming speech of the Opening part was delivered by the President of Iceland, Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.


In his speech, mr. President has spoken of his personal support to the Northern Forum activities, linking his experience of taking part in the Northern Forum events in the past to his current initiative - the Arctic Circle Assembly, that this year has attracted worldwide attention and was participated by top government officials of the World.


The Welcome was supported with speeches from: Mayor of the host city Akureyri - Mr. Eirikur Bjorn Bjorgvinsson, State of Alaska Lt.Governor Mr. Mead Treadwell and Vice Governor of the Northern Forum Co-Chairing region Khanty-Mansiysk Mr. Gennady Bukhtin.


Following presentations are being presented in Hof Center, Akureyri at the moment.

Endangered Belugas in a Melting Arctic
Climate Change News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:46

(Photo: Wikipedia) Beluga in the mouth of the Churchill River in the Hudson Bay, Canada (Photo: Wikipedia) Beluga in the mouth of the Churchill River in the Hudson Bay, CanadaLast week environmentalists called on the eight Arctic nations of the Arctic Council to enact a ten-year moratorium on any increase in Arctic shipping to protect endangered beluga whales from the threat of growing ship traffic in their habitat. The moratorium will enable nations to finalize and implement the "Polar Code," an agreement currently being negotiated under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that aims to establish environmental, safety, and shipping controls, in order to constrain industrial accidents and ecosystem impacts in the Arctic.


"Cargo shipping, oil and gas operations, and rapidly melting sea ice all pose serious new threats to the survival of beluga whales, of which many populations are already endangered"


A new report released today by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Endangered Belugas and the Growing Threats of Climate Change, Arctic Shipping and Industrialization, comprehensively documents the plight of the beluga whale, a species that was hunted to near extinction throughout its range. Today it continues to face a barrage of threats, including poorly-regulated subsistence hunting, climate change, oil and gas drilling, ship traffic, pollution, and live capture for aquariums.


The report's publication coincides with the opening today of the semi-annual meeting of the Arctic Council in Yellowknife, Canada whose members include the United States, Canada, Greenland-Denmark, Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland. Senior Arctic Council officials meeting this week will consider the impacts of climate change and expanding industrial exploitation on the fragile Arctic ecosystem, its biodiversity, and the communities on the front line of rising global temperatures.


The EIA report reveals that belugas are the most widely exploited whale species in the world today. Of the 29 populations of beluga whales, 15 are already depleted, and ten populations continue to be overhunted, including five depleted populations. Only six subpopulations are considered to have stable or increasing populations.


"Cargo shipping, oil and gas operations, and rapidly melting sea ice all pose serious new threats to the survival of beluga whales, of which many populations are already endangered," said Danielle Fest Grabiel, a Senior Policy Analyst at EIA. "Few, if any, concrete actions have been taken by Arctic nations to ensure that belugas will receive enhanced protection measures before additional industrial development proceeds."


As the Arctic warms at nearly twice the rate of the rest of the globe and the opportunity for development increases, EIA also endorses a ban on new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic as championed by Greenpeace and other groups. Currently, oil and gas exploration and extraction activities pose an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of the Arctic ecosystem, including both human communities and wildlife, such as beluga whales.

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