This was once upon a time the world's northernmost kindergarten and primary school. Abandoned twenty years ago, Pyramiden coal-mining town on the northern edge of the world is a preserved display of what the Soviet Union wanted to offer in the Arctic if communism worked. It didn’t.
Russia’s new state Commission for the Arctic will have to follow up the President’s new top priorities, including the boost of goods shipments on the Northern Sea Route to 80 million tons by year 2024.
The Heiss area is located along the coasts of the Franz Josef Land and could hold up to 140 million tons of oil and 2 trillion cubic meters of gas. Now, Gazprom is training on how to remove icebergs from the harsh Arctic waters.
Officials from five Arctic countries and five major distant fishing powers are meeting in Greenland Wednesday to sign a legally binding international accord that will protect nearly three million square kilometres of the Central Arctic Ocean from unregulated fishing.
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 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.