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By Ella Daly, Pavel Devyatkin, Helen Hallang, Vincent-Gregor Schulze, Yashwinie Shivanand, and Ryan Uljua

July 27, 2017

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As part of our Youth Perspective series, Lin A. Mortensgaard contends that "if we want to improve Arctic governance, we have to accept non-knowledge as an inherent feature in the region.

As always, check out last weeks Take 5, a quick 5 minute breakdown of the 5 most important circumpolar stories published by TAI every Friday.

Interested in the next expedition by UK explorer Pen Hadow? Then follow his Arctic Mission - a six-week voyage that aims to reach the North Pole in a yacht. The mission aims to explore, discover and share the stories of the spectacular marine wildlife plants, animals and even bacteria that lives around the North Pole.
Be prepared to be surprised! #protect90north #arcticmission

Arctic balloon adventure in Swedish Lapland. Photo: Michiel van Nimwegen


Russia ordered to pay for seizing Greenpeace ship
In 2013, Dutch-flagged Arctic Sunrise was seized by Russian authorities in Arctic waters with those on board detained in Russian prisons for several months (Maritime Herald). The Permanent Court of Arbitration has now ruled that Russia must pay EUR 5.4 million for the incident ( In 2015, the Court ruled that under the U.N. Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ships in international waters cannot be forcibly boarded and those aboard arrested at a whim (Maritime Herald). In charging Russia, the Court argued that the country breached its obligations to UNCLOS (Moscow Times). Moscow firmly holds its position that the Permanent Court of Arbitration has no jurisdiction in the case (Rapsi News).

US senators discuss Arctic drilling in $1.8B federal proposal
Two US senators addressed the prospect of drilling for oil and natural gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), a feature of a federal proposal by the Trump administration. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus, argued Arctic drilling is a reasonable way to improve long-term energy cooperation with countries like Russia, Canada, and China (UPI).

Head of US Coast Guard issues warning over Arctic drilling
Admiral Paul Zukunft, the Commandant of the US Coast Guard, told a Washington symposium hosted by the US Arctic Research Commission and NOAA that in the event of an oil spill in the Arctic, the Coast Guard would not be able to recover all the oil. The former chief Navy oceanographer Rear Admiral Jonathan White also told the conference there was still no proven methods of cleaning up an oil spill in ice. Their warnings come as the House begins the process of trying to open up drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, long seen as one of the last true wilderness areas in the US (Eco Watch).

US conglomerate to purchase Dominion Diamond in US$1.2B deal
US-based conglomerate The Washington Companies is buying Dominion Diamond Corporation, one of the world's largest diamond producers, for US$1.2 billion (The Star). The deal will give The Washington Companies ownership of Dominion's holdings including two in the Northwest Territories (CBC).

Canadian Indigenous families not applying for child benefit
The recently-introduced benefit gives a max of $6,400 CAD per child to eligible families and would be an important economic boost to the high number of families living below the poverty line on Canadian reserves. Officials are searching for ways to improve application rates and trying to identify other barriers to participation (CBC).


Climate, icebergs and politics (Chicago Tribune).
China-Russia Trouble on the Arctic Silk Road? (The Diplomat).
Fire & Ice: Unlikely Cooperation Between Iceland and China (Wilson Center).
Russia, the Arctic, and the Consequence of Failure (HP).

Government of Canada and the Northwest Territories Announce Significant Investments to Improve Health Care for Patients in the Northwest Territories (New Kerala).
Supreme Court to rule on Nunavut seismic testing case next week (NN).

Finns Soothe Fellow Nordics About Floating Russian Nuclear Power Plant (Sputnik News).

United States
North Slope welcomes new superintendent (Arctic Sounder).
Balash named to Interior post (Petroleum News).
DOE: Murkowski aims for quick confirmation of nominees (E&E).
Senators Renew Call to Ratify Law of the Sea Treaty to Help Chart Future of the Arctic (USNI News).

Greenpeace launches Barents Sea protest
The activist group challenges Statoil operations as the Norwegian oil giant continues exploring for oil and gas (Reuters). From the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship, 11 campaigners launched inflatable boats carrying banners opposing Statoil's operation of Songa Offshore semi-submersible Songa Enabler in the Arctic Barents sea. One of the banners they carried read "The People vs Arctic Oil" (Upstream).

Novatek to award Arctic LNG II offshore platform deal to Saipem? (LNG World Shipping).
After pressure from Norway, Rosatom says floating nuclear plant will be fueled in Murmansk (IBO).
Russian exploration spend falls sharply (Tradewinds News).
Key facts about ExxonMobil and its business in Russia (TASS).
Saipem set for Arctic LNG 2 platform contract sources (Reuters).

United States
ConocoPhillips closes Kenai plant, continues buyer search (KFQD).
The Energy 202: Congressional budget subtly bores path to Arctic refuge drilling (WP).
Oil spill response training coming to Utqiavik (Arctic Sounder).
Bad plan for Arctic drilling (Post and Courier).
Adm. Zukunft: We Are Not Ready for Arctic Oil Spills (MarEx).
Hilcorp requests pipeline permit (PN).
Utqiagvik spill response seminar planned (PN).
AOGCC sets Tolsona hearing date (PN).
Unit expansion sought: BRPC wants acreage added to Southern Miluveach, development as Mustang satellite (PN).
Alaska Native Corporation Pursues Offshore Oil (MarEx).
The story of the Inupiat and the Arctic oil reserve (American Thinker).
US conditionally approves Arctic offshore oil exploration (JD Supra).
Mystery surrounds only oil well drilled in ANWR (AD).
Arctic drilling makes no sense (Arizona Daily Sun).
Lawmakers discuss Arctic drilling in $1.8B federal proposal (UPI).
Will Enis Arctic Efforts Be Profitable? (OP).
Alaska pipeline doesnt need Arctic refuge oil (AD).
Coast Guard Makes Dire Warning About Drilling in the Arctic (Eco Watch).

Statoil Says Norwegian Arctic Gas Find Disappoints (E&P).
Greenpeace launches Barents Sea protest (Upstream Online).
Greenpeace activists protest near oil rig in Norway's Arctic sea area (Reuters).

United States
Coast Guard launches Arctic Shield 2017 (PN).
U.S. Coast Guard cutter scheduled to make brief stop in Nome Wednesday (KTUU).
Small ships for big jobs (Work Boat).
Coast Guard, Kake SAR Assist Stranded Vessel near Kake (ANN).
People not Polar Bears: National Security and the Changing Climate (New Security Beat).
USCGC Healy Prepares for Arctic Deployment (SLD Info).
Decade after fatal accident, ice divers back on USCGC Healy (KTVA).

Early delivery of Arctic helicopters (Russian Aviation Insider).
Russia Is Building Laser-Armed Nuclear 'Combat Icebreakers' (National Interest).
Russias New Military Plan Calls for Defense Against the U.S. Across the World Ocean (Newsweek).
Russian vertical takeoff drone fit for Arctic operation (TASS).
Northern Fleets ASW ships exercise in the White Sea (
SAM system for Russian Arctic regions (Russian Aviation Insider).
Arctic drone prototypes presented at MAKS airshow for the first time (
Mi-171A2 version for Arctic under development (Russian Aviation Insider).
New Russian helicopter UAS for Arctic exploration unveiled at MAKS (UAS Weekly).
New Russian helicopter drone for Arctic exploration unveiled at MAKS airshow (TASS).

3 rescued after 2 float plane crashes in N.W.T. (CBC).

Winter is here: SOF cold weather operations (Shephard Media).
Battering rams of the Arctic: icebreakers, explained (SF Gate).

De Beers to offload $30M in Snap Lake assets at 'massive' Yellowknife auction (CBC).
Mining properties in Yukon's White Gold district changing hands (CBC).
Goldcorp stalls at Coffee project (CMJ).
Sabina to advance Back River to permitting phase (CMJ).
Game changer: NIRB now says yes to Nunavuts Back River mine (NN).
Mining Giant Hunts for Diamonds in the Canadian Forest (Bloomberg).
Poor recoveries slow Hope Bay Mine start (PN).
TerraX discovers more high-grade gold, silver (PN).

United States
U.S. conglomerate to purchase Dominion Diamond in $1.2B US deal (CBC).
Comment: Dominion Diamond accepts sweetened offer from Washington Companies (CMJ).
Dominion Diamond agrees to $1.2 billion (U.S.) takeover by WashCorps (The Star).
Freegold expands Golden Summit oxides; eyes other growth targets (PN).
Dominion agrees to US$1.2B acquisition (PN).

Earth sciences, climate and weather
Scientists look to Alaska to answer question: Could melting glaciers trigger earthquakes? (AD).
Hotspots in the Arctic Permafrost Are Dumping Methane Into the Atmosphere (Motherboard).
How the Arctic Ocean became salty (Science News for Students).
All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws (The Guardian).
See how todays Arctic melting compares to the 80s (Grist).
Thawing permafrost releases old greenhouse gas (
Methane Seeps Out as Arctic Permafrost Starts to Resemble Swiss Cheese (Inside Climate News).
Greenland ice sheet toxicity (ScienceDaily).
Melting ice may be making mountains collapse in Greenland (New Scientist).
Scientists Harness Wind to Study Greenland Ice Sheet (Arctic Deeply).

Wildlife and ecology
A group of Utqiagvik beachcombers unearthed an ancient ivory tusk (AD).
Ancient ivory tusk found on North Slope beach (The Arctic Sounder).
The Battle Over 2,500-Year-Old Shelters Made of Poop (The Atlantic).
The Strange Quest to Catch a Massive Greenland Shark (NG).

Environmental management
Experts say fines for driving across Arctic lakes should remain (TASS).
The US Is Unprepared to Clean Up Arctic Oil Spill (Earth Island Journal).
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a Well-Known Climate Skeptic, Visited Arctic on Unannounced Trip in May, Report Says (Weather).
Smith mum about his recent trip to the Arctic (E&E News).

Research and university news
Northwest Passage's history marked by dangers and death (Daily News-Miner).
History: Tracking down a doomed Arctic expedition (Nature).
NOAA to Deploy Saildrones for Climate Study (Marine Technology News).
Federal scientist says Arctic climate work cost him position (APM).
Russian scientist works on forecasts of climate change in Arctic (TASS).
UAF research vessel launches Bering research program, finds warmer Arctic waters (Daily News-Miner).
IT Package Ordered for Australian Arctic Research Ship (Marine Technology News).
China's ice breaker sets sail for Arctic rim expedition (Xinhuanet).
Arctic team in Northwest Passage bid (Shanghai Daily).
Mummies From a Mysterious Arctic Civilization Found in Siberia (The Epoch Times).

FISH FACTOR: Salmon surge to Bay as prices rebound (AJOC).
Northern Norwegian islands in moratorium over fishing rights (The Local).
Alaska salmon prices looking up for 2017 (The Arctic Sounder).

Environmental committee adopts proposal to address risks posed by heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters (KTOO).
The Northern Sea Route, Russia's Coronary Artery (World Policy Blog).
With More Ships in the Arctic, Fears of Disaster Rise (The New York Times).
Navigating the fabled passage (Rutland Herald).
Global warming melts ice, alters fabled Northwest Passage (ABC).

Economy, Business and Technology
Russian Arctic development forum due in Arkhangelsk region in fall (TASS).
Big federal contract for Nunavut drone company (NN).
The Double-Edged Sword of Arctic Development (World Policy Blog).

Indigenous children are dying while Ottawa fights a ruling that calls for action (CBC).

Youth and Education
Inuit youth unveil latest mural in downtown Ottawa (NN).
Nunavuts young badminton stars soar at North American Indigenous Games (The Globe and Mail).
UPEI, government of Nunavut offering first graduate-level course taught in Inuktitut (The Guardian).

'You know you're helping': Yukon gets first 24/7 daycare (CBC).
Many Indigenous families not applying for Canada child benefit: documents (CBC).

'Last fur trader' reconnects with northerners nearly 70 years after 1st trip to Arctic (CBC).
How much does Inuit art contribute to the Canadian economy? (Radio Canada International).

A look back at Northern stories from the Indigenous Games (CBC).
Nunavut athletes dig deep at Indigenous games (NN).
It's gold on the green for Yellowknife's Deanne Whenham at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (CBC).

More flights, more lineups at Whitehorse airport (CBC).
Arctic airports to receive FAA grant money (Arctic Sounder).

Roads, railway and digital infrastructure
Dusty, noisy days and nights for people in Yellowknife's Lakeshore Developments (CBC).
Fuelling facility build faces many hurdles in Canada's Far North (JOC).

Ports and maritime infrastructure
Novatek to build Kola yard (Upstream).
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