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GeoBio 2014 will take place in Moscow
Climate Change News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 11 July 2014 09:10

Logo: Endogenous activity of the Earth and biosocial processes» (GeoBio2014) Logo: Endogenous activity of the Earth and biosocial processes» (GeoBio2014) 1st International Conference ´´Endogenous activity of the Earth and bio-social processes (GeoBio2014) will take place 5 – 7 November 2014 in Moscow, the capital city of Russia.

In today's world geology plays a still growing role not only in supplying mineral and energy resources as well as drinking water, but also in ensuring ecological safety and equal opportunities for professional activity of every human being.

Ecological geology, medical geology, geoethics and many other natural sciences that have a significant geological basis are now at the frontline of the scientific research. These disciplines focus on the studies of environmental aspects and mechanisms of influence of geological objects and processes on biota.

In the long run the scientific research aims at changing the attitude to the natural resources, preserving the richness of nature and serving the interests of the humankind. One of the burning issues that the humankind has been tackling for ages is its vulnerability in the face of natural disasters: volcano eruptions, earthquakes, degassing of earth, landslides, floods and tsunamis. The consequences of these phenomena become even more disastrous as the climate is rapidly changing.

It is evident that the top priority of today's global agenda is to develop the scientific basis for modeling, evaluation and forecasting dangerous geological processes and putting the results of the research and experience into practice using state-of-the-art computer and telecommunication technologies and equipment to preserve health and well-being of the humankind.

This for the most part concerns people living in the areas with a high level of geological risk.

It is therefore crucial to be able to make responsible and accurate decisions as to forecasting disasters, informing the population and minimizing the consequences of the catastrophic events.

The conference will bring together a wide range of specialists – geologists, ecologists, physicists, climate experts, medical specialists – who use the results of the latest interdisciplinary research in their work. GeoBio2014 also aims at creating a platform for communication of scientific specialists and state officials responsible for ecological development and safety.

Conference topics:
1. Fundamental and theoretical basis of endogenous activity of the Earth
2. Endogenous activity of the Earth and evolution of the biosphere
3. Endogenous activity of the Earth and climate change
4. Medical geology
5. Geophysical aspects of geopolitical, psychological and ecological and social processes
6. Degassing of earth and related processes in the geosphere, biosphere and atmosphere
7. Information technologies for evaluation, forecasting, research and prevention of effects of endogeodynamic factors on the man-made and natural objects.

The conference will also feature an exhibition of technologies and equipment for interdisciplinary geological research.

Click here to read more about the event.




Photography contest is now on!
Climate Change News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:17

(Photo: Getty Images) The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna(Photo: Getty Images) invites all interested individuals to participate in photography competition ´´Through the Lens´´.

One grand prize winner will receive a trip to the beautiful Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Selected images will be displayed at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress December 2-4th, 2014 in Trondheim, Norway, and be exhibited across Arctic countries.


The competition welcomes entries across four categories; landscape, biodiversity, peoples of the North and business and science in the Arctic, and includes a special prize for a young photographer. Award-winning photographers Carsten Egevang, Paul Nicklen, Einar Gudmann, Cristina Mittermeier and Lawrence Hislop will judge winning entries.


The eyes of the world are turning northwards. Arctic landscapes, wildlife, cultures and light have inspired people since time immemorial. The Arctic Biodiversity "Through the Lens" photography competition is intended to celebrate the beauty of the Arctic as experienced by photographers of all skill levels. Further information can be found at the Arctic Biodiversity "Through the Lens" photography competition and in the terms and conditions.


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Arctic Council to develop SDI
Climate Change News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:57

(Logo: CAFF) (Logo: CAFF)The Arctic Council Working Group CAFF has recently announced a major milestone in scientific cooperation in the Arctic – a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to guide national mapping organizations from the Arctic states toward production of a harmonized map, covering the entire Arctic region, with data on climate, biodiversity and other themes.

The Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure will largely contribute to improved sharing and analysis of biodiversity data across the Arctic. It will become the essential tool in helping to understand the impacts of climate change on nature, environmental management issues and the adaptability and sustainable use of all living resources in the Arctic.

To develop this resource, the national mapping organizations of eight Arctic states, have signed the Memorandum of Understanding to address the development and maintenance of the Arctic SDI.

The national mapping organizations involved in the project are: the US Geological Survey (United States); Natural Resources Canada; the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Mapping (Russia); the National Survey and Cadastre (representing Denmark and the Faroe Islands); the Ministry of Housing, Infrastructure and Transportation (Greenland); the National Land Survey (Finland); the National Land Survey (Iceland); the Norwegian Mapping Authority; and the Swedish Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registration Authority.


To read more about the project and access the existing biodiversity data, please click here.


Source: Arctic Council
Another Arctic frontier to be explored
Energy News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:41

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The Russian largest oil company, Rosneft, conducted seismic surveys at the Fedynsky and Central Barents license areas where Italian Eni energy corporation is having their operations.

This summer, Rosneft platforms sail further North in the Barents Sea for seismic survey. Studies will take place at five areas believed to hold up to 2 billion tons of oil and several thousand billion cubic meters of natural gas.

Perseyevsky license district is to be studied much more thoroughly in order to make the North-Western part of Barents Sea suitable for future exploration and exploitation.

In 2012 the joint cooperation was signed between the Norwegian Statoil and Rosneft to jointly explore the bordering, potential exploration areas.

Later this year, the seismic surveys will be conducted around Prinovozemelsky fields in the Kara Sea and the West Matveevsky area in the Pechora Sea.


Source: Barents Observer

Illegal fishing to be eradicated from High Seas
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 07 July 2014 12:46

(Photo: European Commission) (Photo: European Commission) "Illegal fishing has to be eradicated from the high seas, and this is why the EU uses its diplomatic weight to push for rules like the UNCLOS or the United Nations Fish Stock Agreement to be enforced worldwide," EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki said during "Re-energising the Oceans" conference in Brussels, on June 30th.


"Since 1/1/2014 we have a new common fisheries policy, sustainable and science based, phasing out discarding and implementing the same principles for European vessels worldwide.
Through this new policy we have banned all types of subsidies at European level, that lead to overcapacity and overfishing. Our European fund has no granting for fuel subsidies at all," she said.

"In practice the EU requires that any fish import be accompanied by a catch certificate," Damanaki explained, adding " in other words the fish has to be caught legally; otherwise it won't get into our market. "
Speaking about future steps the Commissioner voiced the need for an integrated approach at international level.

" So far we have given special attention to promising maritime sectors such as marine biotech, aquaculture, ocean energy, deep sea mining and tourism. We think that with a focused research effort and steps to improve the environment for innovation, these sectors can prosper in a smart and sustainable way.

"Spatial planning gives operators certainty"

"A key tool to ensure sufficient marine space for concurrent economic activities is maritime spatial planning. If all goes well our legislative proposal should enter into force after the summer and it is a historic achievement. For the first time in the world, countries have a legal obligation to cooperate in planning their seas across borders.

Spatial planning gives operators certainty on whether and what economic developments are possible, where and for how long. It will speed up licensing and permit procedures, and will provide good management of the cumulative impact of maritime activities. It a huge and real step for marine governance in Europe."


Damanaki also stressed the importance of research, saying "ocean observation, mapping and forecasting are essential in this vein. This is why the EU has directly and explicitly geared its financial support, and particularly its research funds, towards the sea."
"Since last year, the EU, the United States and Canada have started a transatlantic research alliance which is to cover observing systems and ocean stressors, as well as research in the Arctic region, a fragile environment that is undergoing enormous change in terms of temperature and human activity."

"We hope to see similar forms of cooperation with and between other countries in the future."


Press Release: European Commission, 4th of July 2014

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