The Arctic sea ice extent reached a record low in July, shrinking to levels not seen since satellite observation of the region’s ice cover began in the late 1970s, according to an international team of researchers drifting in the Arctic aboard the German research icebreaker, Polarstern.
Large territories of rivers, streams and tundra lands are covered by more than 20 thousands tons of diesel oil from a reservoir owned by company Nornickel. The catastrophe was reported to the authorities only two days after the spill and nobody really knows how to clean up.
Russia pushes for more of the global cargo flow to go north. A new year-round port near Indiga in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, connected to the Belkomur railway, could be an attractive trade route across the Eurasian continent.
The Russian trawler that was caught in illegal fishing off the coast of the Norwegian Arctic archipelago paid its fine and everything seemed okay. Then came a diplomatic note from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
With Norway partially shutting down its borders for foreigners, Svalbard airport Longyearbyen can’t be used to shuttle people and supply to Russia’s planned Barneo ice-camp in the high Arctic. 2020-season, therefore, ends before it started.