A new report has called for closer and broader regulation of mining activity in the Arctic region. The authors of the report said that there has hitherto been surprisingly little research on the environmental risks associated with mining in the Arctic as well as measures that could mitigate those risks.
Sami interests and environmental groups will appeal the Norwegian Government’s decision on Thursday to grant permission for controversial mine waste dumping in Repparfjord on the coast to the Barents Sea.
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.