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The Arctic This Week January 30 - February 05, 2017
By Ella Daly, Pavel Devyatkin, Helen Hallang, Vincent-Gregor Schulze, Yashwinie Shivanand, and Ryan Uljua February 08, 2017

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The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy will host its 6th Annual Fletcher Arctic Conference on February 17-18, 2017 in Medford, MA USA
For more information, including the conference agenda and how to register, see the Fletcher Arctic Conference website.

Andreas Raspotnik, together with Stefan Steinicke, discussed the potential of a digital Arctic future. Guest contributor Luka Jorbenadze argued that the fate of Arctic exceptionalism rests squarely in Russias hands.  

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Norwegian newspaper High North News, Malte Humpert covered the latest shipping trends and developments along Russias Northern Sea Route (NSR). The bottom line? Its still tough going for the shipping industry.


Learning from Norway-Russia relations vis a vis Svalbard
A joint committee in the European Parliament approved an Arctic strategy draft for the EU, and will be presented to the full Parliament on March 2, 2017 (TAJ). Norwegian Foreign Minister Brende made a speaking appearance to the EU foreign affairs committee a day before the vote, and considerations about Norways continued attempts to maintain diplomatic relations with Russia on the Svalbard front seem to have captured the attention of Committee Members (TAJ). On Russias part, the countrys diplomats have stated that cooperation on Svalbard remains desirable (HNN).

US Department of Defense releases updated Arctic strategy
The Pentagon has released a new 17-page document detailing a its updated Arctic strategy. The goals of the DoD in the region are outlined as security, safety, and cooperation with other Arctic countries. According to the DoD, diminishing sea ice levels due to climate change and a spike in Russian activity require a strategic response (AD).

Black carbon sources in the Russian Arctic identified
A recent study traced the sources of black carbon in the Russian Arctic, and revealed that the majority originated from transport (38%) and residential heating (35%) (ScienceDaily). Power plants and gas flaring were only found to contribute 9% and 6% respectively. As black carbon accelerates snow melt in the Arctic, knowing the sources of carbon could help policymakers in the fight with climate change (InsideClimate News).

Week long celebration for Sami national day
For Northern Europes Sami, February 6 marked not only their national day, Smi lbmotbeaivvi, but also one hundred years since the first Sami congress to discuss Sami rights in Trondheim, Norway (Yahoo! News). Trante 2017, named for the Sami word for Trondheim, is set to be a week long celebration highlighting the accomplishments of the Sami congresss goals and the work still to come (TAJ).


Does not think the USA will change its Arctic policy (HNN).
Arctic Council Secretariat advertises the position of Director (HNN).
What about science diplomacy? (The Foreigner).

City of Iqaluit calls byelection to fill empty council seats (CBC).
New N.W.T. budget dials back savings target, OKs 911 service across territory (CBC).
Northern premiers want a say in Trudeaus new Arctic policy (NN).

Viva Kalaallit Nunaat! (TAJ).

Icelandic Government Criticizes Trumps Immigration Ban (Iceland Review).

Norway Secretly Wants Trump to Set Example, Rescind Sanctions Against Russia (Sputnik News).

United States
Walker hopeful about working with new federal government (AJOC).


Over 500 bln cubic meters of natural gas produced in Yamal in 2016 (
Russia and North America Diverge on Arctic Resources (Arctic Deeply).
Russian industry develops oil and gas mining engineering technologies (Maritime Herald).
Lukoil to co-finance Yamal governments environmental protection, research, sports and tourism projects (
Foreign investors eyeing Russias Arctic projects despite sanctions energy minister (TASS).
Gazprom Neft ups Arctic offshore oil production 150 percent in 2016 (
The Surrealism of Russia's New Arctic Pipelines (MarEx).
Gazprom Neft expands production from Arctic platform (World Oil).
Russian Arctic majors meet in court (IBO).
Arctic oil production more than doubled, Russia says (UPI).

United States
USA wanted to pressure Norway on Svalbard petroleum exploitation (HNN).
Alaska Senator Proposes New Energy Infrastructure Bill (Future Structure).
Renewable energy makes financial sense for Alaska (AD).
A route to affordable energy in Alaska (PN).
Oil from Alaska coal (PN).
New brand of borough aimed at cheaper energy, but critics worry it could do more harm than good (AD).
Local residents lead the change to more renewable energy in the Arctic (KTOO).
What Will Trumps Oil Drilling Ambitions Mean for the Arctics Threatened Caribou? (DESMOG).
Ramboll Environ and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Announce Agreement to Collaborate (Yahoo).

Yukon Energy plans hydro upgrades, new diesel plant (Yukon News).

Pentair and Tranberg join forces (Energy Global).
Pentair and Tranberg join forces for offshore winterization solutions (Your Oil and Gas News).
Greencarrier sets up office in Norwegian Arctic (Maritime Logistics Professional).

Can Arctic countries adapt an energy strategy that lets the Arctic live? (Bellona).
MEPs cry: Save the Arctic, fret over oil contamination, militarisation (New Europe).


Norway boosts submarine fleet
Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Sreide announced a Norwegian-German strategic partnership for purchase and lifetime management for four new submarines (IBO). Sreide also stated that better dialogue involving US, Russia, NATO is necessary (TASS).

United States
Kodiak could soon see new missile testing (APM).
President Trump, Military Split on Climate Change (VOA).
Following Push By Sullivan & King, Defense Department Advances New Arctic Strategy (Political News).
DoD Releases Arctic Strategy (Global Trade).
Pentagon updates Arctic military strategy (Washington Examiner).
Here's what's in the Defense Department's new Arctic strategy (AD).
Pentagon: Arctic melt requires updated US strategy (Climate Home).
U.S. Releases Revised Arctic Strategy (MarEx).
The Emerging Arms Race at Sea for the US, China and Russia (The Fiscal Times).

Two new Arctic emergency centers to open along Northern Sea Route (HNN).
Russia details Barents military plane spotting (IBO).
This is the FSBs new Arctic vessel (IBO).
Polyarnaya Zvezda border patrol ship arrives at duty station in Murmansk (
The Arctic: A Growing Security and Trade Dilemma (Global Trade).
Russia raises concerns by ramping up its Arctic presence (Euronews).
Putin's Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall (Reuters).

Norways Chief of Defense says dialogue involving US, Russia, NATO necessary (TASS).
Norway teams up with Germany for new submarines (IBO).
Russia threat forces Norway to boost submarine fleet (IBT).

Increased activity in warming Arctic piques interest of Lower 48 National Guard leaders (AD).


Baffinland pitches winter sealift by icebreaking cargo ship (CBC).
Ekati mine workers, Dominion Diamond reach tentative 4-year deal (CBC).
Dunnedin Ventures: A Large New Gold Belt at The Kahuna Diamond Project (Junior Mining Network).
Victoria Gold's Eagle Is Getting Ready to Soar (Investor Ideas).
Ross River mineral staking ban extended for one year (CBC).
A Mighty Triumph In The Yukon Is Coming Triumph Gold Corp (Palisade Research).
350M Spent on Planning the Remediation of a Yukon Mine (Hazmat Mag).
Yukon bans mineral staking in remaining Kaska territory (CBC).
Yukon, First Nations sign mining accord (PN).
TerraX triples Yellowknife City Gold (PN).
Donlin Gold partners focus on permits as Corps finalizes EIS (PN).

United States
Chugach trades AK coal field for California carbon credits (PN).
Hanneman named Tower Hill CEO; $6.7M work program for Livengood (PN).
Trump, expected EPA treaty, improved markets bode well for Alaska project (PN).

Tomsk State University to create materials to process rare metals ore in the polar region (
Potanin tells Putin he will make nickel industry greater, cleaner (IBO).


Earth sciences, climate and weather
Coal mine dust accelerates snow melt in the Arctic (UPI).
Arctic ice forecasters help subs come up for air (The Guardian).
Beyond the extreme: Scientists marvel at increasingly non-natural Arctic warmth (WP).

Wildlife and ecology
Starvation after weather event killed caribou on remote Arctic island (CBC).
Scientists to monitor Siberian crane population on Yamal (TASS).
Polar bear vet prepares for trip to the Arctic (KTUU).
Warming oceans bring widespread ecological changes (Arctic Sounder).

Environmental management
EU wants ban on heavy fuel in Arctic (IBO).
Arctic: environment and foreign affairs committees calls for rapid action to protect the region (European Parliament News).
Activists Speak On ANWR Drilling's Possible Effects On Wildlife Refuge (CBS News 13).
NASA Maps Radioactive US Base in Chilly Greenland, Poised to Poison the Atlantic (Sputnik).

Research and university news
Gleaning info about the Arctic, from the icy 'lab' of Antarctica (Anchorage Press).
Salt concentrations in ice cores could unveil DO events' recipe (
Yamal-Nenets authorities to allocate over 63 million rubles for Arctic research (
Scientists to study 'warmth isles' in Arctic city of Salekhard (TASS).
MEPhI suggests ways to do the Arctic research (
NPS scientists help to model the changing Arctic climate (Monterey County Weekly).
NASA research flight around the world pauses in Anchorage (AD).
The Art and Science of Studying Caribou (Arctic Deeply).
U of C students glacier research on ice due to U.S. travel ban (Metro News).
Roundup: New Islands, New Bacteria, and New Maps (Glacier Hub).
Sergei Donskoi: Arctic - A Territory of Dialogue forum to focus on environmental issues (

Archaeology and history
How the Cold War Spurred Arctic Research (Alternet).


EU Parliament promotes ban on heavy fuel oils (HNN).
Arctic shuttle tankers set record (Tanker Operator).
Arctic indigenous leaders speak up about the dangers of increased shipping (ST).
Rosatomflot steps up North Polar nuclear cruises (IBO).
New Russian icebreaker sets off for debut Arctic voyage (TASS).
Metalships & Docks to build new factory freezer trawler (MarineLog).
SCFs New Icebreaker Named Gennadiy Nevelskoy (MarineLink).
Push is on to get dirty heavy fuel oil out of Arctic shipping (NN).
Bellona seminar says old ship fuels should be banned in the Arctic (Bellona).
The new mid-winter Arctic shipping: tanker makes it through Bering Strait to pick up oil in Yamal (IBO).

Economy and Business
Chair of the Arctic Economic Council:- We have made lightyears of progress. (HNN)
Nunavut couple grow their business on the road (NN).

Cruise news for 2017: Alaska boom, more-in-depth experiences (Quad-City Times).
Arctic Kingdom to help Crystal plan 2017 in Northwest Passage sailing (Cruise & Ferry).


Yukon Quest underway
The 1,600-kilometre Yukon Quest dogsled race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska is underway this week. 21 teams from North America, Europe, and Japan will compete for a share of the $120,000 USD prize while traversing a historical gold-rush trail (G&M). Snow conditions this year appear to be good, but organizers say there are never any guarantees for such a long race (CBC).

Sexual abuse a root cause of indigenous suicide crisis: Aglukark (Times Colonist).

Youth and Education
Yukon First Nations consider 'Indigenous-led' school (CBC).
In about-face, N.W.T. gov't says it will fully fund junior kindergarten this fall (CBC).

Yukon's first Syrian refugee family, 1 year later (CBC).
Iceland proves an unexpected Arctic asylum for Syrian refugees (The National).
People of the Sea Ice See Cracks Forming (Arctic Deeply).
On Alaskas Coldest Days, a Village Draws Close for Warmth (NYT).
Small Adaptation Miracles in Alaska (World Policy Blog).
Northerners launch show of support after Quebec mosque shooting (CBC).
Nunavut, Ottawa cough up $76M to renovate Baffin Correctional Centre (CBC).
N.W.T. RCMP to form anti-online child sexual exploitation unit (CBC).

The North comes into focus at Yukon's Available Light Film Festival (CBC).
Yukon jeweller to showcase Canadian designs on runway during London Fashion Week (CBC).
See the Frosted Beauty of Icelands Arctic Tundra With Artist Andrea Maack (Highsnobiety).
Indigenous Communities Reclaim History in Images of Canadas Arctic (Arctic Deeply).
Artist/Explorer Cory Trpaniers INTO THE ARCTIC Premieres at Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. (Art Fix Daily).
Creative industries create jobs for young in the Arctic (TAJ).
Annual fur festival draws tourists to Alaska's frozen frontier (Dallas News).
Inuk singer says Facebook suspended her account over seal fur photo (rdnewsNOW).


Swiss Air makes emergency landing with one engine in Iqaluit (CBC).
Anniversary seat sale grounds Air Norths booking system (CBC).
Air North at 40: How Yukons homegrown airline took off, and stayed aloft (CBC).
Specialists satisfied with Sukhoi Superjet 100 work in Arctic extreme low temperatures (TASS).
Two years with half of seats empty, now bigger planes take over (IBO).

Roads, railway and infrastructure policy
N.W.T. gov't lays out $14M plan to run NTCL barges on the Mackenzie River (CBC).
Alaska railroad see substantial revenue loss (APM).
Russian Government to finance construction of the fourth section of the Naryan-Mar-Usinsk road (
5 billion for development of Tiksi infrastructure (IBO).
Taking the Measure of Internet Access Around the Arctic (Arctic Deeply).

Abbreviation Key
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Aftenbladet (AB)
Alaska Business Monthly (ABM)
Alaska Dispatch News (AD)
Alaska Journal of Commerce (AJOC)
Alaska Native News (ANN)
Alaska Public Media (APM)
Arctic Info (Russian) (AIR)
Arctic Institute (TAI)
Barents Nova (BN)
Bristol Bay Times (BBT)
BusinessWeek (BW)
Canadian Mining Journal (CMJ)
Christian Science Monitor (CSM)
Eye on the Arctic (EOTA)
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (NM)
Financial Times (FT)
Globe and Mail (G&M)
Government of Canada (GOC)
Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)
Huffington Post (HP)
Independent Barents Observer (IBO)
Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN)
Johnsons Russia List (JRL)
Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa (KNR)
Lapin Kansa (LK)
Maritime Executive (MarEx)
Moscow Times (MT)
National Geographic (NG)
Natural Gas Europe (NGE)
Naval Today (NT)
New York Times (NYT)
NORA Region Trends (NORA)
Northern Journal (NORJ)
Northern News Service Online (NNSO)
Northern Public Affairs (NPA)
Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI)
Nunatsiaq News (NN)
Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ)
Ottawa Citizen (OC)
Petroleum News (PN)
RIA Novosti (RIAN)
Russia Beyond the Headlines (RBTH)
Russia Today (RT)
The Arctic Journal (TAJ)
Voice of Russia (VOR)
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
Washington Post (WP)
Whitehorse Star (WS)
Winnipeg Free Press (WFP)
Yukon News (YN)
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