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Together against Crimea crisis
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:06

(Photo: Asgeir Spange Brekke, Norwegian Ministry of Defense) From the left: Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Iceland; Karin Enström, Sweden; Carl Haglund, Finland; Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norway and Nicolai Wammen, Denmark. (Photo: Asgeir Spange Brekke, Norwegian Ministry of Defense) From the left: Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Iceland; Karin Enström, Sweden; Carl Haglund, Finland; Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norway and Nicolai Wammen, Denmark. Ministers of five Nordic nations gathered in Tromsø, northern Norway, to discuss the security situation in Europe in light of Ukrainian crisis.


The focus was put on strengthening the military cooperation among Arctic states.


Norway, Iceland and Denmark are the only of the Nordic countries that are members of NATO, but all five countries have strongly condemned Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and violations of international law.


Ministers agreed that the situation in Ukraine affects general security in Europe. The Nordic nations should stand together condemning Russian actions towards Crimea and violations of international law.


Sweden and Finland are NATO partners, and all the five Nordic countries have called off their military cooperation with Russia, due to the Crimean crisis. The roadmap towards NATO's upcoming top-meeting in September was main issue on the agenda among the Defence Ministers in Tromsø.

 

 

Source: Barents Observer
 
Mining sector looks to the future
Energy News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:54

(Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson, edited by Magdalena Tomasik) (Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson, edited by Magdalena Tomasik) The 4th International Conference Mining Industry in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region: View to the Future will take place in Kirovsk Town, Murmansk Region, and Russia on the 20 – 21 of November, 2014.

 

The main topic of the Conference: is Ensuring Sustainable Development of the Mining Sector in the Arctic Zone in Terms of Global Market Instability.

 

The Barents Euro-Arctic Region is a strategically important region of Russia, rich in natural resources, which possesses a considerable technological, scientific potential and human resources, with good experience in the environmental management in the sub-arctic climate.

 

This creates the possibility for the region to become a leader in the development of mineral resources in the Arctic, if they found the best ways to adapt the mining sector to the new legal framework after entering of all the Arctic states to the WTO and updating of long-term strategies for socio-economic development of the Arctic territories.


The Conference is held under the auspices of the Non-profit Partnership Russian Mining Operators and with support of the Government of Murmansk region in the framework of the III Murmansk International Business Week. The Conference is included in the action plan of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014.


Click here for more information and to register for the event.

 
Nordic Council meets in Akureyri
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:43

(photo: Magdalena Tomasik) The Nordic Council member states (photo: Magdalena Tomasik) The Nordic Council member statesToday, 8th of April 2014 the Nortdic Council Theme Sessions take place in Akureyri, Northern Iceland. Meetings are closed for public.


The open session starts at 13.00 and will include the discussion on the political situation in Ukraine/Russia.


At 14.00 the theme debate on sustainable exploitation of nature´s resources starts. The speakers will present the report from the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers on the theme of sustainable exploitation of nature´s resources in the Arctic and the proposal on criteria for sustainable Nordic mining.


Nordic Council welfare policy as well as the member´s proposal on the Nordic Region as a bridge – builder between developed and developing nations in the global climate negotiations will be discussed by the participated and partner organizations.


Click here for detailed agenda of the Nordic Council Theme Session 2014.


Click here for the live streaming from the event.


The Nordic Council was formed in 1952. The Council has 87 elected members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.


Click here for more information about the Nordic Council.

 
New series of PAGE21 Summer Blogs
Climate Change News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:09

(Photo: Fanny Kittler) The team arrived at Cherskii (Photo: Fanny Kittler) The team arrived at CherskiiPAGE21 young researchers have just started their spring/summer season of permafrost investigation in remote areas, located in the northern hemisphere. So far we have received interesting writings from Cherskii located in North – East Russia.

 

While collecting data on permafrost temperature, CO2 and CH4 fluxes, delegates from all the research stations, explain the particularity of the research done at each site. What is more they describe adventures, dangers and exciting daily life in remote Arctic locations.

PAGE21 Blogs are available for the public and can be accessed here.

 

PAGE21 project aims to understand and quantify the vulnerability of permafrost environments to a changing global climate, and to investigate the feedback mechanisms associated with increasing greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost zones.

This research will make use of a unique set of Arctic permafrost investigations performed at stations that span the full range of Arctic bioclimatic zones. The project will bring together the best European permafrost researchers and eminent scientists from Canada, Russia, the USA, and Japan.

 

The PAGE21 is a Large-scale integrating collaborative project under the ENV call topic "Vulnerability of Arctic permafrost to climate change and implications for global GHG emissions and future climate" (ENV.2011.1.1.3-1) coordinated by Professor Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten from AWI.

 

Click here to read blogs on PAGE21 Website.

 

 

 
Free engineering courses now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 07 April 2014 11:45

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The Arctic Portal together with AcademicEarth.org is happy to present the series of free on line educational materials.


Online Engineering Courses is an comprehensive collection of free of charge educational material for both students and professionals, featuring free on line courses, peer reviewed academic journals, professional trade magazines and more. The collection is a great source of information for anyone interested in keeping up to date on the developments in the field of engineering.


The initiative was developed by the group of researchers for an open educational site AcademicEarth.org.


Click here to access the on line engineering courses. For more information about the initiative, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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