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April 3 - April 9, 2017

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

April 12, 2017

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Magdalena Pfaffl argues that remote Arctic villages have the potential to become far more than places of decline. Andreas Raspotnik, in collaboration with Adam Stepie, analyzed the latest attempt by the European Parliament to publish a unified Arctic policy. 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.

TAIs Andreas sthagen, Ragnhild Grnning, Victoria Herrmann and Andreas Raspotnik participated in the High North Dialogue 2017 as facilitators, moderators and communicators.


Rosneft starts drilling in Russias northernmost Arctic shelf
Russian oil giant Rosneft has started drilling at the Tsentralno-Olginskaya-1 well on the Khatangsky block in the Laptev Sea. The well is in the northernmost part of the Russian Arctic shelf. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the exploration drilling via video link-up with Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin who was on the shore of the Khatanga bay ( This is in the aftermath of the international Arctic forum Arctic: Territory of Dialog, where world leaders discussed Arctic energy and affairs in Arkhangelsk (Intellinews).

US Army keeps its Arctic paratroopers
The US Armys 4-25th brigade, a unit of approximately 3,500 paratroopers based in Alaska and trained to operate in Arctic conditions, has been spared by budget cuts and will remain intact (AD, KTUU). A year ago, the combat brigade, the only airborne unit in the Army with responsibility for both the Arctic and the Asia-Pacific, was slated to fall victim to budget cuts. Instead, the entire 4-25th will be retained, and with it thousands of Alaska jobs (Must Read Alaska). It was also announced that the 4-25th will be deployed to Afghanistan in the coming months (Stars and Stripes).



Why Russia gave up Alaska, America's gateway to the Arctic (The Conversation).
The Arctic in the time of sanctions (TAJ).
Lessons from the Arctic for the South China Sea (CIMSEC).
China, Norway ink cooperation plans amid full normalization of ties (TAJ).
The Big Chill: Norway and Russias Icy Rift (Arctic Deeply).
Not all bad (TAJ).
The Arctic Circle and Americas relationship with Russia (Dakota Student).

Meet the City of Iqaluit byelection candidates (CBC).
Debating Nunavuts capital ahead of Mondays council byelection (NN).
Nunavut senator dumps on land use plan, Trudeau government (NN).

No-so-great Danes (TAJ).

Government outlined measures for implementing arctic policy (TAJ).

Blog: Cooperation with Russia in the Arctic makes sense; an Arctic Summit does not (EOTA).
A 100 years of breaking the ice in Russias Arctic capital (TAI).
Novatek: Arctic project equipment manufacturers need government support (
Technology and government's hand vital for Russian Arctic development (IntelliNews).
Alaska wants to go back to Russia? (Pravda).
Sanctions Not Slowing Russian Arctic Ambitions (Yahoo Finance).
Putin Ready to Meet Trump at Arctic Summit (PPP Focus).

United States
Utqiavik to Host Inuit Circumpolar Councils 2018 General Assembly (TAJ).
GOP Congress rolls back rules on hunting, broadband privacy (Daily Journal).
Congressional Democrats remount effort to block drilling in ANWR (AD).
A surprise guest: Chinese president makes Anchorage stopover, meets Gov. Walker and takes in some sights (AD).
Murkowski, Young join Trump for BLM rule repeal (Arctic Sounder).
Murkowski Says New ANWR Wilderness Bill Dead Before Introduced (Sit News).


Russia's Novatek says Yamal LNG to produce 1.2 mln T of gas condensate in 2019 (Energy World).
Russian-Chinese Joint Ventures in Russias Far East, Arctic (Modern Tokyo Times).
Rosneft launched the start of drilling at the Tsentralno-Olginskaya-1 well on the Khatangsky block in the Laptev Sea (
Rosatom Plans Stunning Array of Projects for Arctic Development (Executive Intelligence Review).
Russian Nuclear Giant Rosatom on the Front Lines of Moscow's Arctic Expansion (Sputnik).
Russia's Arctic regions set hopes on energy exploration drive (Intellinews).
Russia's not running out of oil anytime soon (BI).
Rosneft spuds northernmost Arctic well (IBO).
Rosneft Starts Drilling In East Arctic (OP).
Rosneft, Lamor to develop Russian Arctic oil spill capability (Offshore).
Russia drills new Arctic oil well (Energy Live News).
Rosneft starts drilling at Russias northernmost Arctic shelf (New Europe).
Big Russian oil conquers new Arctic region (IBO).

United States
Trump to OK new offshore plan, reverse Arctic, Atlantic bans: sources (Platts).
Report: Trump to re-open Arctic waters to oil leasing (APM).
Naknek formation findings published (PN).
BPs top Alaska exec speaks out (PN).
AOGCC hears NordAq on proposed P&A fines (PN).
Documents being prepared for purchase of Pentex by Interior Gas Utility (PN).
Low oil prices hit Sealaska dividends (APM).
Hilcorp's Cook Inlet leaks underscore Arctic risks (AD).

Northern Cross sues YG over fracking moratorium (Yukon News).
Northern Cross sues Yukon gov't for $2.2B over fracking moratorium (CBC).
McLeod vents feelings on Trudeaus decision to ban Arctic offshore drilling (PN).

Norway Gives Statoil, Aker BP Permits To Drill In Barents Seas (OP).
SCF takes its know-how in ice to the next level (Trade Winds News).


United States
Alaska's Cold War Monument Director Warns Against Repeating Past Mistakes (Sputnik).
Airborne unit in Alaska tapped for Afghanistan deployment (Stars and Stripes).
Alaska retains 4-25th brigade, thousands of jobs (Must Read Alaska).
Its official: The Army's 4-25th stays at full firepower in Alaska (AD).
Army intends to retain entire 4-25 brigade, deploy troops overseas (KTUU).
Coast Guard, Navy Assess Arctic Presence, Priorities (Sea Power).
Coast Guard Commandant Zukunft Will Advocate for Funding Beyond Sequestration Caps (USNI News).

Russia to Reveal Missiles and Weapons that can Fight in the Arctic at May 9 Victory Day Parade (China Topix).
Aerospace Forces military and transport aviation carry polar explorers and cargo to the Barneo station (
Arctic military equipment to be shown during May 9 parade (

Denmark spurned Chinese offer for Greenland base over security sources (Nasdaq).

A show of confidence (TAJ).


Future of Nunavut's mining sector looks 'golden,' symposium hears (CBC).
Cleanup at deserted Nunavut exploration site begins on local Inuit association's dime (CBC).
30,000 litres of fuel spilled at Agnico Eagle facility near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (CBC).
Presence of mine: Nunavut leaders push mining potential at gathering (NN).
Praise for mining jobs dominates Nunavut symposium (NN).
Gahcho Ku: De Beers sub-Arctic bet on diamond demand deficit (Mining MX).
Victoria tests targets across Dublin Gulch (PN).
Strikepoint to drill YU gold projects (PN).
Diavik Mine extended (PN).

United States
PacRim owners shelve Chuitna coal mine plans (AJOC).
PacRim pulls plug on Chuitna (PN).
Endurance cuts deal to expand Elephant Mountain gold project (PN).
Donlin Gold remains on pace (PN).
Alaska makes case for fair share of US$1 trillion infrastructure spending (PN).


Earth sciences, climate and weather
Arctic evacuations are evidence of climate change, says Navy's top oceanographer (Washington Examiner).
Disaster in Icelandic nature (Iceland monitor).
Fears for Arctic after warmest winter on record (ITV).
Climate change is literally turning the Arctic ocean inside out (WP).
Then and now: Photographers document rapid melting of world's glaciers (CBC).
First sensor to predict funnel formation in Yamal (
High Arctic Emissions of a Strong Greenhouse Gas (EOS).
Warm Atlantic waters wage a new assault on Arctic ice from below (Science).
Arctic Ocean begins to resemble Atlantic (Daily Herald).
Sinking ships: Icebergs are swarming shipping lanes in the Arctic (Salon).
Scientists uncover isotopic fingerprint of N2O emissions from Arctic tundra (EurekAlert).
A year on thin ice: Four seasons in a radically changed Arctic (New Scientist).
Flame retardant replacements migrate to arctic sediment (c&en).
Canada's Shrinking Arctic Ice Is All Too Real In These Aerial Photos (HP).

Wildlife and ecology
Fat vs. thin copepods: What is happening to the Arctic? (

Environmental management
'Urgent' Need to Protect the Arctic's Ecosystem, Report Says (Newsweek).
New IUCN World Heritage report stresses urgency of protecting the Arctic from ships and oil as ice melts (UNESCO).
The Race to Safeguard the Arctic's Natural Heritage (AD).
Arctic Indigenous Peoples leading the way in ecological restoration and climate resilience, says major new study (Intercontinental Cry).
Norway to invest millions in cleaner seas (FISHupdate).
Communities ill-prepared for oil spill in Arctic Ocean, report says (CBC).
Seed bank in Arctic may be humanitys ultimate backup plan (The Star).

Research and university news
What tiny particles blowing in North Slope air tell us about oil-field pollution (AD).
Ancient Arctic ice cores damaged in U of A freezer failure (CBC).
Specialists for Arctic should be educated in dialogue with business, experts say (TASS).
ReWilding the Arctic, Solar Geoengineering Among Last Ditch Options for Climate Change (Sustainable Business).


Plenty more money in the sea? (TAJ).

Arctic bans on heavy fuel oil and large-scale fishing win support, but action is slow (AD).
Breaking the ice with loads of nuclear waste (IBO).
Russian Icebreaker Turns One Hundred (MarEx).
Separate Reality From Myths In Polar Shipping, Says Nautical Institute President (AFLOAT).
Diesel-electric icebreaker Novorossiysk leaves the port of Arkhangelsk for ice tests in the Kara Sea (Port News).
Unusually high number of icebergs affecting shipping lanes in North Atlantic (CBC).
Sinking ships: Icebergs are swarming shipping lanes in the Arctic (Salon).
New ice-breaking laser will guarantee year-round Arctic navigation (RBTH).
Ice-breaking tanker docks at Russias Arctic port to test new route for oil/gas vessels (Manila Bulletin).
Sakhalin II supply ship is first of new quartet for Sovcomflot (OSJ).
Sovcomflot tankers have transported 4 Million tonnes of oil for the Prirazlomnoye Project (Port News).
Sergei Ivanov: The Arctic fleet may be propelled by liquefied gas (
Officials talk up new nuclear icebreakers in spite of Arctic ship traffic slump (Bellona).

Economy, Business and Technology
Furie settles Jones Act violation for $10M fine (AJOC).
Scott Minerd receives 2017 High North Hero Award (TAJ).
OPINION: It's time for Alaska to pay women fairly (The Arctic Sounder).
Inuit organization plans economic development across national boundaries (The Arctic Sounder).
Keep your data safe from the apocalypse in an Arctic mineshaft (The Verge).

Norway: Inside the Doomsday Vault (Pulitzer Center).
Crystal Adds Arctic Experts To NW Passage Cruise (Travelmarket).


On World Health Day April 7, Nunavut health department urges people to talk (NN).

Youth and Education
Scholarship application opens for Nunavut post-secondary students (NN).
Nunavut students to complete the year, despite losing school to fire (NN).
Nunavik school board council welcomes new members (NN).
A scholar in Svalbard (Times Higher Education).
University needs funding support (News Miner).

Decline, a punishment (TAJ).
Nunavut historian, linguist retires from Danish consular appointment (NN).
NTI pushes back on Bill 37, urges GN to address Inuktut language crisis (NN).
Bank of Canada unveils new $10 banknote for Canada 150 celebrations (CBC).
Up to $3M up for grabs as Arctic Inspiration Prize money rises again (CBC).
'Wikipedia of Inuit knowledge' captures hunting, weather data in Hudson Bay (CBC).

Life on the ice: one last hunt for Norway's sealers (The Guardian).
From bone broth to brain ravioli: new cookbook marries contemporary and traditional caribou recipes (Yukon News).
Ancient Nunavut Inuk rises again to teach us about the past (NN).
NTI pushes back on Bill 37, urges GN to address Inuktut language crisis (NN).
The Arctic Is Ready for Its Close-Up (Arctic Deeply).
When he gets bored, Vladimir Putin takes a short stroll in the arctic aboard this quasi-unstoppable machine (The Quebec Telegram).
Elysium Artists for the Arctic Exhibit in Singapore (Dive Photo Guide).

Can a couple more aging Alaska athletes make history at Arctic Man? (AD).


Iqaluit residents: speak up on airport lighting in Koojesse Inlet (NN).
Lockheed Martin: Cargo airship on track for Alaska delivery in 2019 (AD).

Roads, railway and digital infrastructure
Thin Ice: The Drive Toward All-Season Roads in Canadas North (News Deeply).
NWT, Nunavut promote road corridor from Yellowknife to the Arctic Ocean (NN).
Higher speed internet for Nunavut on the launch pad (NN).

Ports and maritime infrastructure
Norwegian tunnel capable of handling Hurtigruten ships planned (Travelweekly).
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