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Russia to expand the ice - breaking powers
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:41

(Photo: Getty Images)Challenging weather conditions increase the need for more icebreakers in Russian waters. (Photo: Getty Images)Challenging weather conditions increase the need for more icebreakers in Russian waters. The Russian Federation national nuclear corporation Rosatom has been very close to reaching the deal with United Shipbuilding Corporation on the construction of two powerful icebreakers.

After long negotiations, the two of the biggest Russian state enterprises are about to find a compromise on the ice – breaker deal.

The Russian national newspaper Kommersant reported, that two LK-60 icebreakers, the powerful 60 MW vessels, will be built at the Baltiisky Yard in Sankt Petersburg for a price 2 billion rubles. A part of the deal is an enhanced level of control over expenses from the side of Rosatom.

So far, the Russian federal government has allocated a total of 86,1 billion roubles for the project. However, Rosatom insisted that the two vessels should cost only 77,5 billion, an offer which was declined by the Baltiisky Yard. A second tender with an adjusted starting price of 84,4 billion roubles was announced in December 2013.


According to Kommersant, this is the final price which has now been agreed by the sides.

The new icebreakers will be the most powerful in the world and are key instruments in Russia's enhanced activity level in the Arctic.


Click here to read more about Rosatom.

Happy Easter Holiday!
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:19

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)

Happy Easter Holiday!


The Arctic Portal staff wishes all their partners, friends and readers, Happy Easter Holiday !


We look forward to return with the news section on Tuesday, 22nd of April.













Canada acts to support Ukraine
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:31

(Photo: LaPresse) Alona Aglukkaq was appointed Chair of Arctic Council in Kiruna in 2013. (Photo: LaPresse) Alona Aglukkaq was appointed Chair of Arctic Council in Kiruna in 2013.Canada's environment Minister and Chair of the Artic Council Leona Aglukkaq says Canada is taking a "principled stand" against Russia by not attending an Arctic Council meeting in Moscow this week.

Aglukkaq announced Tuesday afternoon that she would not attend the meetings in protest of Russia's intervention in eastern Ukraine. The Arctic Council's task force on black carbon and methane was scheduled to meet in Moscow for three days this week.

"As a result of Russia's illegal occupation of Ukraine and its continued provocative actions in Crimea and elsewhere, Canada will not be attending working-group level meetings in Moscow this week," Aglukkaq said in a statement, according to The Globe and Mail. "Canada will continue to support the important work of the Arctic Council."

Ottawa says the decision to skip the meetings builds upon other tough measures Canada has already taken against Russia, including sanctions and travel bans.

The Canadian government imposed more travel bans and sanctions over the weekend in response to growing pro-Russia uprisings in eastern Ukraine.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has stressed that Canada cannot sit by while Russia "illegally occupies Ukraine."

However, the government went ahead with planned Arctic Council meetings last month, when representatives from all member states, including Russia, met in Yellowknife.


A statement from Ms. Aglukkaq's office on Tuesday said the decision to skip this week's working group meetings builds on the "tough stance" Canada has taken against Russia.



Source: Barents Observer

“North Meets East” Save the date!
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00

(Photo: H. Hreinsson) Growing Chinese - Icelandic cooperation.  (Photo: H. Hreinsson) Growing Chinese - Icelandic cooperation. The 2nd China – Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium will take place in Akureyri. Northern Iceland 3rd – 5th June 2014.

The event is a joined initiative of Icelandic Center for Research (RANNIS) and China – Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC).

All presentations will focus on Arctic related issues, within one of four session topics:

• Session I: Arctic Governance
• Session II: Global Economy -Regional Impacts
• Session III: Maritime Cooperation
• Session IV: Tourism, Culture and Outreach


The China-Nordic Research Center (CNARC) was established in Shanghai on 10th December 2013 by 10 Member Institutes, four Chinese and six Nordic, which all have capacities to influence and coordinate Arctic research. CNARC's purpose is to provide a platform for academic cooperation to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge of the Arctic and its global impacts, as well as to promote cooperation for sustainable development of the Nordic Arctic and coherent development of China in a global context.


The 2ndChina-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium is an international and multi-disciplinary event expected to draw researchers, industry representatives, policy makers and community leaders to present, debate and discuss research findings and issues relating to growing Nordic-Arctic Asian cooperation.



ISSC funding opportunity available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:31

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) A new global research funding programme on transformation to sustainability is now available.


Transformations to Sustainability will promote research on the most urgent problems of global change and sustainability — including climate change, biodiversity loss, water and food security, energy consumption, and poverty and growing inequalities.

The programme will support researchers from the social, behavioural and economic sciences to take the lead in developing international Transformative Knowledge Networks that will:


• focus on the needs and opportunities for social transformation in concrete contexts of application
• bring together researchers from different disciplines and fields of science, as well as different regions of the world
• engage stakeholders in the co-design and co-production of solutions-oriented knowledge and the development of networks of knowledge exchange and mutual learning, and
• build capacity for international research collaboration and support early career social scientists.


Transformations to Sustainability will issue two calls for proposals in 2014.


The first call, issued on 31 March 2014, is for proposals for seed funding – a possible 30 grants of €30,000 each – to help researchers prepare for the full call.

Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2014. Funding decision — 30 June 2014.


The second call in October 2014 will be for full proposals for Transformative Knowledge Networks of which a possible three grants of €300,000/year over 3 years will be made.


Deadline for submissions — Mid-January 2015. Funding decision — 30 April 2015.


For more detailed information please see:

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