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UN confirms record 38C temperature for the Arctic (Al Jazeera)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed that a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) reached in a Siberian town last year was a record for the Arctic. The United Nations’ agency said on Tuesday the temperature that hit Verkhoyansk on June 20, 2020, came during a prolonged heatwave amid conditions which averaged as much […]

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The Polar Silk Road will be cleared with Chinese icebreakers (Jeremy Greenwood, Brookings)

The United States is an Arctic nation. With that status it enjoys unique access to the resources of this rich region — its abundant fisheries, critical minerals, energy resources, and future shipping routes. Most importantly, it has a primary say in the governance of the Arctic. Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz […]

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Satellites pinpoint communities at risk of permafrost thaw (ESA)

Thawing permafrost in the Arctic is already unleashing methane and carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, exacerbating global temperature rise. As well adding to the climate crisis, this ground, which has been frozen for thousands of years, is becoming unstable and causing serious issues for local communities. For the first time, data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 […]

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Change in the Arctic (ESA)

Satellites play a vital role in monitoring the rapid changes taking place in the Arctic. Tracking ice lost from the world’s glaciers, ice sheets and frozen land shows that Earth is losing ice at an accelerating rate. Currently more than a trillion tonnes of ice is lost each year. The sooner Earth’s temperature is stabilised, […]

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Orion UAV can perform ice reconnaissance in the Arctic — CEO (TASS)

The cutting-edge Orion unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Kronshtadt will be able to perform ice reconnaissance in the Arctic and the Antarctic, CEO of the drone developer Sergei Bogatikov told TASS in an interview. “The Orion UAV is one of the most reliable drones globally in its class. It is capable to function in […]

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Investments under Arctic preferential-terms projects are above $15 billion (TASS)

The wider land borders of the Russian Arctic zone, which were formalized in 2020, and the offered incentives have attracted investors in the Far North. According to the presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev, the contracted investments reach 1.1 trillion rubles ($15 billion). In October, 2020, President Putin […]

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Is China worried about an Arctic choke point? (Jeremy Greenwood, Brookings)

The recent deployment of four Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships to the waters off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands further highlights the growing chessboard of naval operations in the Pacific. The message from China was clear — that they maintain the ability to strategically challenge the United States homeland and that their naval operations are increasingly capable […]

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Arctic. Holding Hope and Grieving Loss in the New Normal of Arctic Climate Change (Victoria Herrmann, Arctic Institute)

Wildfire in the Sakha Republic, within the Arctic Circle, Russia (Lat: 69.21915, Lng: 149.95995) – June 23rd, 2020. Photo: Pierre Markuse When I first began studying climate change a decade ago, I was told that the front lines of those changes were in the Arctic. The region was undergoing an “unprecedented transition in human history” and […]

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Norway/Arctic. Norway sets timeline to deploy sub-hunting aircraft in the Arctic (Defense News)

Gerard O’Dwyer Norway’s announcement that it plans to deploy P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft to the Arctic in 2022 marks significant progress in the country’s long-term effort to bolster defense capabilities and readiness in the region. The Ministry of Defence unveiled the timeline Aug. 13, having already approved Evenes Air Station as the main base for its […]

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Arctic – Great Norilsk Expedition finds no pollution in north of Taimyr Peninsula (TASS)

The Great Norilsk Expedition of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Siberian Branch did not find external signs of secondary pollution in the north of Taimyr after the flood season, the expedition’s press service said on Tuesday. Great Norilsk Expedition finds no pollution in north of Taimyr Peninsula – Science & Space – TASS

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Arctic – Academician points to importance of research into greenhouse gases accumulated in water (TASS)

The study of greenhouse gases, in particular, carbon dioxide, accumulated in water, including in the Arctic, is an important direction to study the exchange of elements causing the greenhouse effect, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev said on Monday. Academician points to importance of research into greenhouse gases accumulated in water – […]

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Arctic/Permafrost/Climate Change – Uranium isotopes may point to fresh water reserves in Pre-Volga region, scientists say (TASS)

TASS writes: Scientific studies into the permafrost thawing will be used to find fresh water in the Pre-Volga region. Specialists from the Laverov Federal Center for Integrated Arctic Research (FECIAR, Arkhangelsk) and the St. Petersburg State University have discovered a connection between the rate of uranium isotopes in water and the share of salt in […]