An improvement of the ministry structure is needed in order to meet the requirements of the President, says Minister of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin as he announces the establishment of a new Arctic department.
Captain Yuri Kuchiev’s historical voyage to the top of the world in 1977 almost stalled in thick ice. This week’s 40 years anniversary voyage will smoothly make it through an ice cap melting at record speed.
The night to Wednesday, this adult polar bear came visiting outskirts of Longyearbyen on Svalbard. First through Hiorthamn on the other side of Adventfjorden towards the delta in the Adventsdalen. Photo: Bjørn Frantzen
Slowly walking towards Longyearbyen, the bear listened curiously to the sounds from the dog kennels outside the town, crossed the river-delta and continued towards the settlement. Photo: Bjørn Frantzen
The Governor on Svalbard, acting as the local police, arrived with a few cars to observe the situation. Although the bear seemed curious to what nightlife could offer in the world’s northernmost town, such visit is not much appreciated or welcomed. So, the governor’s officers briefly turned on both blue lights and sirens. Photo: Bjørn Frantzen
The polar bear turned around, crossed the road and headed towards Isdammen, the local reservoar for drinking water. Photo: Bjørn Frantzen
At Isdammen, the bear washed off some dirt and ambled further into the Adventdalen and disappeared into the Arctic wilderness. Quit and beautiful. Photo: Bjørn Frantzen
The Arctic railroad has become a hot topic both in Finnish Sápmi – the Land of the Finnish Sámi – and elsewhere in Finland. Local people in the region of Inari see that the rail line will involve both threats and opportunities.
The floating nuclear power plant «Akademik Lomonosov» now under tow towards Murmansk marks the start of a comprehensive utilization of nuclear energy in the Russian Arctic. New submarines, surface warships, icebreakers, seabed- and onshore mini-reactors as well as nuclear-powered military weapons are all queuing up in record speed. The Barents Observer gives you the overview.
Despite growing tensions between Russia and NATO in Eastern and Northern Europe, the eight Arctic nations are pushing ahead with an ambitious program to deepen the collaboration of their coast guards in the north.