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October 2 - October 8, 2017

By Ella Daly, Pavel Devyatkin, Helen HallangRyan Uljua, and Erika Vartdal.

October 12, 2017

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TAIs RECENT ACTIVITIES

SAVE the date!!!
Andreas Raspotniks dissertation on The European Union and the Geopolitics of the Arctic will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing in January 2018. More info to be found here. Until then, read Partners or Rivals? Norway and the European Union in the High North by our two Andreas, released in a recent book on The European Union and the Arctic.

Together with the Danish journal POLITIK, we published a Special Issue, which aims to widen the debate on Arctic security relations through a more comprehensive dialogue inclusive of the many different types of security, their interactions, and their challenges. You can find the intro, written by Marc Jacobsen and Victoria Herrmann here.

Interested in Alaskas petroleum status-quo and what lies ahead under the Trump Administration? Then check out a recent op-ed by Andreas Raspotnik and Ryan Uljua, for the Italian industry publication About Oil.

As part of our ongoing collaboration with High North News, Andreas sthagen talked to Michael Byers about toxic rocket fuel being dumped in Arctic waters.

Heads up! The hardworking staff here at The Arctic This Week will be taking next week off from producing this newsletter to attend Arctic Circle in Reykjavk. Speaking of which...

In Reykjavik this week for the Arctic Circle Conference?
If so, join us for a break out session on Blue Growth in the Arctic - High North Series, organized by The Arctic Institute, the High North Center in Bod, Norway, and the Institute of the North in Anchorage, United States. For more related infos reach out to our Andreas sthagen.

The session and its participants will examine the potential of blue growth, meaning growth in the Arctic concerned with, or driven by, the maritime domain. This does not only include maritime industries, but also societies and communities living by and off the ocean. Panelists will come from both academia and industry, with different approaches to the same questions. What is the potential going forward for maritime communities?

When: Friday, October 13, 2017. 16:15 - 17:45
Where: Rima B on the first floor of the Harpa Conference Centre

TATWs editor and manager, Ryan Uljua, will also be presenting during The Arctic Innovation Lab: 12 Ideas for a Better Arctic. Ryan will be pitching a venture that helps individuals, as well as small and medium sized investors, access sustainable Arctic investment opportunities through index investing.

The Arctic Innovation Lab is organized by the Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavk University, the University of Greenland, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and the University of Iceland.

When: Friday, October 13, 2017. 16:25 - 17:55
Where: Norurljs, in the second level of the Harpa Conference Centre

An Arctic Circle plenary session in Harpa's Silfurberg Hall. Photo: Tbkaji
 

THIS WEEKS TOP STORIES

US to spend $128 million on Alaskan missile defense expansion
The Pentagon is injecting $440 million more into missile defense. This includes $128 million to begin a new expansion of the missile interceptor force in Alaska (AJOC). The US Army writes that Fort Greelys heavily-guarded missile defense complex stands ready in the face of North Korean threats (US Army).

What ideas would you put in Alaskas time capsule?
To mark the 150th year since Alaskans have been part of the United States of America, Commonwealth North, an Alaskan public policy forum is seeking public input on a time capsule coffee table book. The book will feature Alaskan art and will explore changing attitudes within, and about, Alaska and its place in the Arctic (Fairbanks Daily-News Miner).


NEWS ROUNDUP

POLITICAL SCENE
Transnational

Report about Russian agents in Norway triggers reactions in Moscow (IBO).
Tit-for-tat action likely if US puts more pressure on Russian media in the US (TASS).
Celebrating clean tech on Indigenous Peoples day (Clean Technica).
Fisheries minister wants more Greenlandic Officers on fishing vessels (HNN).
Russian MFA confirms that anti-Russian steps by Canada will get appropriate responses, possible sanctions (TASS).
NATO-Russia Council meetings scheduled to resume, despite rumours (HNN).
New report on media freedom in the borderland published (IBO).
Rocket splashdown in Arctic could be toxic (Herald News).
Nunavut premier condemns Russian rocket launch (NN).
Russia and Norway make progress on Barents environmental problems. (Bellona)
How Singapore is adjusting to Northern Maritime Markets (Market Mogul).

Canada
Trudeau discusses Arctic oil ban with territories (CBC).
Hoper are high to boost Inuit job numbers in Mary River iron mine (NN).
Coast Guard wants to recruit more Inuit students for training (NN).
Nunavut hamlets prepare for Marijuana legalization (NN).

Scandinavia
Polar legend celebrates 156th birthday. Who was Fridtjof Nansen? (Independent).
The end of an era in Norwegian polar research (HNN)
Norway and Sweden argue about cross-border reindeer grazing (IBO).
New Sami-magazine can be published in nine different languages (HNN).

Russia
Deputy governor in Murmansk is dismissed from regional government (IBO).
Russia will defend its foreign agent law in European Court of Human Rights (Bellona).

United States
What Trump has undone as President (WP).


ENERGY
Russia
Rosatom announces new fueling dates for its floating nuclear plant (Bellona).
Yamal LNG comes ashore (Heavy Lift).
Last modules taken ashore at Yamal (Your Oil and Gas News).
Bellonas Murmansk e-car charger scoops up Russian government award (Bellona).
Gazprom hints comeback for Shtokman project (IBO).
Gazprom sends rig from Black Sea to new Arctic drill site (IBO).
The offshore extraction of hydrocarbons on the Russian Arctic shelf until 2035 is more cost-efficient (Arctic.ru).
New tool for oil and gas exploration beats all competition (Phys).
Gazprom Neft Announces New Hydrocarbon Discovery In Western Pacific (OP).
Saudi Aramco not discussing stake in Novatek's Arctic LNG project (Nasdaq).
CEO: Saudi Aramco Not Discussing Stake in Novatek's Arctic LNG project (Rigzone).

United States
Energy Dept. grant aims to harden microgrids (AJOC).
First look at Nanushuk released (AJOC).
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission report: September 2017 (PN).
Chinitna reservoir potential evaluated (PN).
Renewables on Alaska electricity grid (PN).
DOG denies Nicolai Creek transfer but allows for sale completion (PN).
Icewine down for winter (PN).
1-well Cosmo program (PN).
Point: Arctic Access Essential for Energy Security (Inside Sources).
Alaskans say yes to drilling in ANWR (Daily News Miner).
Northernmost grid-tie solar project in the Americas is now online (PV Buzz).
Extreme weather and hurricanes do not mix with offshore drilling (The Hill).
No to ANWR drilling (Daily News Miner).
Mike Lewis: Don't allow oil drilling in Arctic Refuge (Daily Camera).
Oil exploration risks Arctic wildlife refuge (Post and Courier).

Scandinavia
Norway approves Snefrid Nord gas development near Aasta Hansteen (STL, BAS, OMV, COP) (BI).
Finnish project pioneers ice resistant technology at offshore wind farm (Maritime Journal).
Finland's First Offshore Wind Farm Suited to Ice (MarEx).
Norway Takes Hard Look at Climate Risk for Vast Oil Riches (Bloomberg).
Eni's Arctic Goliat field to remain shut for repairs (Reuters Africa).

Canada
Is the Canadian energy industry approaching a tipping point? (JWN Energy).

General/International
More than a year late, N.W.T.'s power generators still being built in California (CBC).


MILITARY / SEARCH & RESCUE
United States
Pentagon pumping millions more into missile defense (AJOC).
Cold ocean survival (MU Gazette).
Air Force drafting Arctic concept of operations, due Spring 2018 (Inside Defense).
Army connected Alaskans to Lower 48 (Echo News).
USS Leyte Gulf returns from deployment (13 News Now).
176th Wing Guardsmen head to Southwest Asia (Arctic Warrior).
In prelude to new AF Arctic Strategy, service drafting concept of operations due spring 2018 (Inside Defense).
Alaska Air Guard stands up new security forces squadron at missile warning station (DVIDS).
Saab to Provide Multi-Mode Radar for US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter (BI).
In face of North Korean threats, Fort Greely stands ready on frontline (US Army).

Russia
Russia is close to fulfill New START Treaty (IBO).
Vast Exercise Demonstrated Russias Growing Military Prowess (Standard Republic).
Russias advanced icebreaker Ilya Muromets begins state trials in Baltic Sea (TASS).
Russias advanced icebreaker Ilya Muromets to get survey craft and laboratory (TASS).
Arctic giant: 1st new Russian icebreaker in decades starts sea trials (RT).
Russias defense ministry completes Arctic cleanup effort for 2017 (TASS).
RF Northern Fleets survey vessel Gorizont completed her cruise in the Arctic (Work Boat).
Northern Fleets Gorizont completes Arctic voyage (Arctic.ru).
Russia's Latest Game: Challenging NATO at Sea (Bloomberg).

Canada
Here's a look inside Canada's most elite search and rescue force (We are the Mighty).

Scandinavia
This Norwegian frigate is one of the best in the Arctic (We are the Mighty).

MINING
Canada
'No intent' to raise gold royalty rates, says Yukon premier (CBC).
Former 'Yukon Gold' TV star fined $145K for leaving big mess at mining claim (CBC).
CZN eyes 2020 start for Prairie Creek zinc mine (PN).
Newmont, Goldstrike wrap 2017 exploration at Plateau (PN).
Miner Indiscretions a humorous look at the gold hunt (CMJ).
Trilogy Metals Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Results (Guru Focus).
Pebble Mine version 201 still a risk (Arctic Sounder).
Visit to Vast Nunavut Exploration Camp Highlights Possibilities (Streetwise Reports).

United States
CEO unveils Pebble 2.0 (AJOC).
Robust copper seen in Zackly core (PN).
Palmer deposit growth continues (PN).
Broad copper intercept confirms continuity in Pyramid main zone (PN).

Russia
Nornickel lowers smelting at Kola, for environmental reasons (IBO).
Russia coal exports may be slashed by dust control measures (Hellenic Shipping News).


SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE
Earth sciences, climate and weather
Does an 'Increase' in Arctic and Greenland Ice Cast Doubt on the Reality of Global Warming? (Snopes).
In warmer climates, Greenlandic deltas have grown (EurekAlert!).
The Northern Lights Wont Be This Bright Again Until 2025 (Mental Floss).
What it feels like to live through storms at the North Pole (Macleans).
Major Report Stresses the Importance of Glaciers in a Global Context (GlacierHub).
Greenlands Coasts Are Growing as Seas Rise (Scientific American).
Sunlight and 'right' microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide (ScienceDaily).

Wildlife and ecology
Seal pups get separated from their mums by icebreaker ships (NewScientist).
To bee or not to bee? Unique bumblebee in Arctic is identified as new species (Siberian Times).
Drones Are Keeping Watch on the Arctics Polar Bear Population (Discover).
How Drone Technology Is Helping Scientific Wildlife Research In The Arctic (Fast Company).
Animated map shows just how far these animals travel to migrate (Business Insider).

Environmental management
Habitat initiative proponents argue appeal in Superior Court (Alaska Journal of Commerce).
Inuit say nyet to toxic splash from Russian rockets (RCI).
What The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Means For Conservationists And The Energy Sector (WWNO).
Trump Administration Refuses Protection for Pacific Walrus (VOA News).
Trump Administration Denies Protection to Pacific Walrus Imperiled by Climate Change (Center for Biological Diversity).

Research and university news
UAF awarded $500,000 grant for seaweed study (Daily News-Miner).
Opinion: Unalaskan Headed to COP 23 in Germany (KUCB).
Shipwreck of heroic but unsung British explorer Ben Leigh Smith is 'found' in Arctic waters (The Siberian Times).
Ecological Atlas of Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas Conveys Years Worth of Data (KNOM).


FISHERIES, SHIPPING AND OTHER BUSINESS NEWS
Fisheries
Chum catch sets records throughout Alaska (Arctic Sounder).

Shipping
China Preparing to Bypass Russias Northern Sea Route in Arctic (Jamestown.org).
Finnish maritime high-tech set to revolutionize Arctic situational awareness (Hellenic Shipping News).
How researchers are making Arctic voyages safer for seafarers (Ship-Technology.com).
Does Opening the Northern Sea Route Give Russia a Vested Interest in Not Tackling Climate Change? (The Energy Collective).
"Green" transport: why Arctic fleet should prefer gas fuel to diesel (TASS).

Economy, Business and Technology
Quebec ports could lose business if aging icebreakers not replaced, documents warn (CBC).
Amazons HQ2: Alaskas opportunity for economic diversification (NM).
NANA announces 2017 shareholder dividends (Arctic Sounder).
Delegation from Norway exploring business development in Portland (MaineBiz.biz).
Alaska professor gets $75,000 investment for startup (Sacramento Bee).
Russia to Reap Benefits from Climate Change (MT).


HEALTH, YOUTH, SOCIETY AND CULTURE
Health
Inuit, Ottawa launch task force to fight tuberculosis in the North (CBC).
Whooping cough cases confirmed in Rankin Inlet and Arviat (CBC).
In 1st systemic review, Nunavut child and youth rep takes aim at mental health (CBC).
Youth mental health 'must be given greater priority,' Kwanlin Dn chief (CBC).
Where are Yukon's new mental health workers? NDP asks government (CBC).
Russia's Yamal to host international Arctic medical forum in November (TASS).

Youth and Education
Qikiqtani Inuit parents get $5-a-day child care subsidy (NN).

Society
Interior Alaska voters strongly reject proposed pot bans (Fairbanks Daily-News Miner).
Alexanna Salmon's bold stewardship of a way of life (The Arctic Sounder).
Hundreds gathered for Navalny rally in Arkhangelsk (IBO).

Culture
UAF to host inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day (Fairbanks Daily-News Miner).
Alaska Must-Eats (Ozy.com).
Turner art researched in York (York Press).
Learning, growing, jamming: A Nunavut music renaissance (NN).
Canadas Arctic showcased in songs and stories at Meaford Hall (Simcoe.com).
Newfoundland traders 1920 murder a turning point in Arctic, author says (The Telegram).

Sport
Nunavut teen with dwarfism trained for World Dwarf Games with rocks and a harpoon (CBC).
Kotzebue woman competes in Ironman (The Arctic Sounder).
Alone Across the Arctic (Canoe & Kayak)
Gold rush: Paddling into the historic Yukon (San Francisco Chronicle).


INFRASTRUCTURE
Aviation
Svalbard Airport Longyear no longer international (IBO).
Finnair Launches Two New Routes In Norway (Travel Agent Central).
Canadian North airline copes with loss of ACL freight contract (NN).

Roads, railway and digital infrastructure
Finland confirms rail study underway for ice-Silk Road link with China, Russia (Asia Times).
Norway upbeat on Finnish plan for Arctic rail link to Belt and Road (Asia Times).
Arctic Highway Connecting Russia and Neighboring Norway Opens (Sputnik).
High tech Arctic communications without satellites (Marinelog).
City of Manokotak still working to build road to Dillingham (Arctic Sounder).

Ports and maritime infrastructure
Quebec ports could lose business if aging icebreakers not replaced, documents warn (CBC).
Chinas Arctic Road and Belt gambit (IBO).
No environmental review needed for Iqaluit port, says Nunavut board (CBC).
Nunavut review board greenlights port projects (NN).
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