The international campaign to end the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by ships plying the waters of the increasingly accessible Arctic is gathering steam ahead of an important meeting of the world maritime body next year.
Inuit in Canada and Greenland are calling on Ottawa and Copenhagen to demand the postponement of a Russian rocket launch scheduled to deliver a European Space Agency satellite to orbit next week and look for alternative launch vehicles that use non-toxic propellants for any future launches.
Changes in the Arctic caused by climate changes are extremely serious, both ecologically and spiritually, the Council of Christian Churches in the Barents Region writes in a call to Timo Soini, Chairman of the Arctic Council.
A local conservation association in the municipality of Inari, Finland, wants to restrict the construction of cabins on the shores of Lake Inari, and proposes that the great lake and its surroundings is made a national park.
«Production of sulfuric acid from copper-nickel ore is unprofitable, but we are going to do it because we are not only working here, we are living here,» says Alexey Tyukin, Technical Director of Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company.
A top brass of Russian and Norwegian politicians, diplomats and experts cheered and waved as the «Rossita» nuclear waste transportation ship set out to sea with its first shipment of carefully packed spent nuclear fuel. But in the air was also a chill of anxiety about what possibly could go wrong as the tons of deadly load is removed from site.