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Petermann Glacier breaks again
2012 Climate
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 19 July 2012 14:30

(Photo: (Photo: morning, the NASA satellite observing laboratory reported that the Petermann Glacier sundered from the Greenlandic ice cap and now grinds and slides toward the sea along the northwestern coast of Greenland. The glacier will terminate in a giant floating ice tongue, scientists predict.


Petermann has been periodically calving icebergs. The last time it broke off huge piece of ice, colloquially called an ice island, was in 2010. The island was the size of almost 250 square km. Today, another big piece of ice broke free. It was the size of large European city.


The one could say, that the ice which brakes off from Greenlandic glaciers is nothing new, but to admit, recently it has been happening too often. The ongoing changes in the Greenlandic ice cap will cause the dangerous for our population, rise of world´s oceans.


The situation around Greenlandic glaciers has been investigated for close to 150 years but currently we are observing changes which have never happened before. Today´s chunk of ice is the biggest since 1962.




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Yukon Coast Expedition 2012
2012 Climate
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:32

Yukon Coast Expedition 2012 Yukon Coast Expedition´s participants, from the left: Stefanie Weege, Juliane Wolter, Hugues Lantuit, Josefine Lenz, Michael Fritz, George Tanski and Boris Radosavljevic Yesterday, 17th of July 2012, group of eight researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany began to sail towards Herschel Island.


Herschel Island, located at 69°34'N and 138°55'W is the northernmost point of the Yukon Territory, approximately 60 km east of the Alaska border. Together with neighboring Mackenzie Delta, the island is being a secondary field site in PAGE21. The territory is part of an ice-push structure formed by the westward advance of a lobe of the Laurentide Ice Sheet during the last glaciation.


The Island is the focus of investigations of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research since 2006. In co operation with McGill University and the Geological Survey of Canada, the research is conducted by international group of scientists.


During the trip, participants will focus on coastal erosion, paleogeography, thermokarst and soil microbiology.


The expedition will be lead by Dr. Hugues Lantuit, who is a permafrost scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany. He is the lead of the Helmholtz Society Young Investigator Group on coastal permafrost.


The journey is scheduled until 28th of August. For more than a month, the team will report regularly in the blog ´´ Yukon Coast 2012´´. The research will be available shortly after the expedition ends.


To read more about the project, please access PAGE21 website.


Nobel Discoverer drifts away from the Alaskan shore
Energy News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:30

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)On Saturday evening, 14th of July, the Shell´s drilling vessel, Noble Discoverer dragged anchor in a stiff breeze and the stern of the ship bumped into the beach in front of Dutch Harbor´s Grand Aleutian Hotel. It was stuck for an hour until pulled free by the American tugboat.


In the end of June, U.S branch of Shell announced that the Noble Discoverer and the Kulluk conical drilling unit departed from Seattle to reach the Alaskan coast from where the drilling operations were about to start in Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.


The journey was about to be a beginning of Shell´s long term plan for offshore exploration program in the northern waters.


The Noble Discoverer was found by the U.S coast guard approximately 175 yards from the shore in Unalaska Bay. There were no signs of injuries, pollution or any sort of damage to the ship itself.


However, the incident raised concerns about future, possible grounding in the Dutch Harbor as well as Shell´s drilling operation in the Arctic.


Proponents admit that Shell´s exploration of Arctic oil could create hundreds of jobs and develop the infrastructure of remote northern communities.


Environmentalists and indigenous representatives argue the opposite: the oil spill or any other marine accident could seriously pollute the Arctic fragile ecosystem what would cause the total collapse of struggling economy.


The U.S coastguard will spend next days on inspecting the ship to define the principal cause of Saturday's incident. The precautionary approach will be takes, so the situation does not occur in the future.



The Washington Post


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On air: Sampi radio
2012 Other
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 16 July 2012 13:54

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Located in northern part of Russia, the only Sami language radio in the country is ready to be launched again, after almost three years break.


The station will start broadcasting later this summer. After three years break, the Kola Sami Radio has no longer any debts and it is ready to start broadcasting again. This time, based on self – financing, the Kola Sami Radio aims to become a studio recording for musicians and a news service for Sami people in Russian north.


Even though no exact date is yet announced, it is certain that rather sooner than later, the sound of Sami language will be heard in northern part of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.



The Barents Observer



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Simplified ship certification system now available via French division of Bureau Veritas
2012 Shipping
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 13 July 2012 11:45

(Photo: Arctic Portal) port of Nolsoý, Faroe Island by Magdalena Tomasik (Photo: Arctic Portal) port of Nolsoý, Faroe Island by Magdalena TomasikOn Wednesday, the leading international classification society – Bureau Veritas, launched new, internet – based certification and ship status system. The technology aims at not only reducing the cost and workload of ship owners but also at simplifying the access to particular information about the ships and their most up to date status.


The new IT Certificate of Classification System consists of the key identity of the ship and basic notation information. The Certificate will be printed on special featured paper with logo to prevent illegal copies. All the information about vessels which used to be attached to the certificate as annexes will be now uploaded electronically to the on line based, international system.


The information is easily accessed by those who are given access by the information owner. The system also allows the staff to update any valuable information with regards to the vessel, for example the specific dates for the maintenance or inspections deadlines.


Bureau Veritas is an international leader in conformity assessment and certification services with the offices located all over the world (including all Arctic states). The organization helps the clients to improve their performance, by offering innovative and competitive solutions in order to meet the international standards in terms of public health, safety and environmental protection.



Bureau Veritas


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