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No oil rigs available - Many being built
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Monday, 23 January 2012 08:44
The Aker Barents oil rig (Photo: Akerdrill.com)The Aker Barents oil rig (Photo: Akerdrill.com)Over 70 oil rigs are being built around the world to meet growing demand. Many of them are custom made for the Arctic, specially made to cope with harsh conditions and deep waters.

Lack of oil rigs could be hindering search for oil. But many oil rigs are made for the Arctic, like the Aker Barents.

He discovered oil 200 miles out of Norway, in freezing temperatures, blistering winds and at great depth. He can drill 10.000 meters in 3000 meters deep waters.

Aker Barents can also stand waves up to 12 meters and wind velocity up to 45 knots for some time.

But most oil rigs in the world are booked for many years. New areas could get in trouble, although the new rigs could come to the rescue.

Norwegian company Oddfjell Drilling is one of many making custom-made-for-the-Arctic rigs, made to drill in hard conditions and deep sea.

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Arctic Frontiers online webcast
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Friday, 20 January 2012 14:46
frontiersThe 2012 Arctic Frontiers conference starts in Tromsø on the 22. of January and runs until the 27th. The conference will be broadcasted live online.

The theme of the conference is Energies of the High North, including nonrenewable and renewable resources of energy. The conference will have both a science section and a policy section which will commence with a "State of the Arctic" segment.

Numerous interesting lectures will feature in the conference, which is even still open for registration.

Here is the schedule of the policy section on Monday and Tuesday, due to be shown live. Click here to access the section to watch the conference.

Monday 25 January, 09:00 to 17:00
Session I: State of the Arctic 2012 in the context of the global energy outlook
09:30 Thomas B. Johansson, Co-Chair, Global Energy Assessment: Setting the scene - global energy outlook and the Arctic.
10:00 Matt Entenza, Senior Advisor on Energy and the Economy to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, USA.
10:30 Esa Härmälä, Director General of the Energy Department, Finland. (Midnight) Sun Belt - Areal of Growth
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Clément Gignac, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Quebec, Canada: Development in Québec: the Plan for empowering the North
12:00 Lisa Murkowski, Senator for Alaska, USA: Video speech about priorities for energy politics in the USA and in Alaska.
12:05 Ola Borten Moe, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy: Norwegian Energy Policy.
12:35 Questions and debate with Minister Borten Moe
13:00 Lunch

Session II: Energy resources and industrial development in the Arctic
14:00 Marcia McNutt, Executing director of U.S. Geological Survey: Challenges ahead for oil and gas resources in the Arctic.
14:30 Sergey Kungurtsev, representative of the Administration of the Nenets Autonomous District, Russian Federation: Priorities for the development of industry in Nenets Autonomous District.
15:00 Joep Coppes, Vice president of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers: For a sustainable development in the High North, how can the oil and gas industry contribute?
15:30 Ann Christin Gjerdseth, Chair of OG21, Norway: Sustainable development of Petroleum in the Arctic through superior technology and knowledge.
16:00 Tim Dodson, Executive vice president Statoil, Norway. Unlocking the resources of the north

Tuesday 24 January, 09:00 to 16:30
Session II (continued): Energy resources and industrial development in the Arctic
09:00 Salve Dahle, Chairman of Steering committee: Opening day 2
09:00 Aleksey Titovskiy, Head of Foreign Economy Division, on behalf of the Administration of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Russian Federation: Priorities for the development of industry in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.
09:30 Valborg Lundegaard, Executive Vice President Engineering, Aker Solutions, Norway: Technological achievements in the Arctic for more than 100 years - What are the Arctic challenges facing us now.
10:00 Elisabeth Harstad, Managing Director, DNV Research and Innovation, Norway: Barents 2020 – international industry cooperation for safety standards in the Barents Sea. Are there Pan-Arctic lessons?!
10:30 Coffee break

Session III: Developing secure and sustainable energy projects in the High North
10:50 Nina Jensen, Conservation Director Policy, WWF-Norway: Climate and energy challenges of the High North.
11:20 Ånund Killingtveit, Professor Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, NTNU, Norway: Renewable energy - How can it contribute to securing safe and sustainable energy in the High North?
11:50 Martin Fortier, Executive Director ArcticNet Inc., Canada: The Art of Successful Industry-Academia Collaboration: Lessons from the Canadian Arctic.
12:20 Lunch
13:10 Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders: Energies of the High North. Introduction by Barry B. White, US Ambassador to Norway
13:40 Anna Naikanchina, Vice president of RAIPON, Russian Federation: Indigenous peoples and energy projects in the Arctic: integration, risks and perspectives
14:10 Emma Wilson, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK: Risk and reward: the role of civil society, business and the state in shaping the impacts of large-scale energy projects in the North.
14:40 Coffee break
15:00 Arctic Lavvo Dialogue – «Energy and Industrial Development and Peoples in the Arctic. » Moderated debate.
16:15 Closing by Salve Dahle, Chairman of Steering committee of Arctic Frontiers

 
Warm summer means cold winter
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Friday, 20 January 2012 11:16
Snowmobiles prefer the snow soid (Photo: Lawrence Hislop - Grida.no)Snowmobiles prefer the snow soid (Photo: Lawrence Hislop - Grida.no)Warmer climate, spurred by climate change, can cause colder winters. This is the result of a new study by Jodah Cohen, released this week.

The study explains the Rube Goldberg-machine of climatic processes that can link warmer-than-average summers to harsh winter weather in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

Average temperatures have risen for over 200 years, most rapidly for the past 40 years. And average temperatures in the Arctic have been rising at nearly twice the global rate, says Cohen, a climate modeler at the consulting firm Atmospheric and Environmental Research in Lexington, Massachusetts.

A close look at climate data from 1988 through 2010, including the extent of land and sea respectively covered by snow and ice, helps explain how global warming drives regional cooling, Cohen and his colleagues report.

The strong warming in the Arctic in recent decades, among other factors, has triggered widespread melting of sea ice. More open water in the Arctic Ocean has led to more evaporation, which moisturizes the overlying atmosphere, the researchers say. Previous studies have linked warmer-than-average summer months to increased cloudiness over the ocean during the following autumn.

That, in turn, triggers increased snow coverage in Siberia as winter approaches. As it turns out, the researchers found, snow cover in October has the largest effect on climate in subsequent months.

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WWF celebrates 20 years of Arctic program
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 10:18
The latest issue.The latest issue.The WWF's Global Arctic Programme celebrates this year its 20th anniversary of the creation of a WWF body to champion conservation in the Arctic.

When WWF was founded in 1992 it says that there was very limited understanding of the Arctic and its importance. That has however changed, and interest today is great from all over the world.

The WWF issues a magazine produced by the WWF Global Arctic Programme called The Circle, four times a year. Each issue focuses on a specific Arctic-related topic.

The Circle is distributed free to around 3,000 arctic stakeholders worldwide, including government officials and publicly-elected representatives, indigenous organisations, conservationists, scientists, NGOs, libraries, and business executives.

Its goal is to inform decision-makers, scientists and the interested public about arctic environmental and development issues.

The latest issue is fresh and it celebrates the history of the Global Arctic Programme, and its ongoing mission to ensure a resilient, sustainable future for the Arctic.

Click here to download the latest magazine.



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Video shows enourmous glacier melt
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 13:12
A melting glacier (Photo: GettyImages)A melting glacier (Photo: GettyImages)A new time lapse vide footage shows the Columbia glacier in alaska diminishing fast in only four years.

James Balog is responsible for the footage, to be shown in a new documentary on climate change later this month.

Balog is the founder of Extreme Ice Survey, a photographic study of glaciers, most around the Arctic. The EIS team has 27 time lapse cameras in 15 places in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, USA.

"Shrinking glaciers are the canary in the global coal mine. They are the most visible, tangible manifestations of climate change on the planet today," he told the Idaho Press.

Click here to see the video.

 
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