Russia has scored an important scientific point in its quest to declare vast swaths of the Arctic as part of its extended continental shelf in the rapidly melting northern ocean, according to Russian officials.
A global heatwave is gaining force and the Russian government appears to acknowledge that its Arctic will be among the regions worst hit. But the country’s response is not combat of climate change, but rather adaption to the new reality.
We Sámi people manage the life cycles of natural resources and produce little or no wastes. That is what I call a Smart Arctic, President of Norway’s Sámi Parliament Aili Keskitalo underlined as she today opened the Arctic Frontiers.
There is unease in several Russian government ministries as officials start to understand that the President’s objectives for the Northern Sea Route can not be reached. The only way to please the president might be to expand the sea route itself.