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

September 22, 2017

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SAVE the date (and your money)!!!
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.

Check out guest authors Justiina Dahl and Daria Gritsenko postmortem of this past summers Arctic 100, the record-setting voyage of the icebreaker Nordica through the Northwest Passage.

As part of our ongoing collaboration with High North News, Malte Humpert marked this years sea ice minimum with an article examining ice trends and the latest Arctic shipping statistics.

The vessel Taiga Desgagnes in Nunavut, Canada. Photo: Fiona Hunt
 

THIS WEEKS TOP STORIES

Trump administration working toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
An internal Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on exploratory seismic studies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a possible first step toward opening the pristine wilderness area to oil and gas drilling (NYT). The effort represents a twist in a political fight that has raged for decades. The remote and vast habitat has served as a rallying cry for environmentalists and some of Alaskas native tribes (WP).

Russian FSB warns Murmansk kids against meeting Aleksey Navalny
According to a supporter of the presidential hopeful, the state security organization warned students not to attend Navalnys public meetings in Murmansk this past Friday if they want to carry on to higher public education (IBO).


NEWS ROUNDUP

POLITICAL SCENE
Transnational

Critics fear China's foray into Northwest Passage endangers Arctic sovereignty (CBC).
S. Korea, Russia to Hold 1st Arctic Cooperation Conference in November (KSB).

Canada
Fall election looms over final sitting of current Nunavut assembly (CBC).
Northern premiers want end of federal Northern Affairs (rdnewsNOW).
Port of Churchill sale a campaign promise (High River Times).
Nunavut senator responds to suggestion First Nations trade status cards for Canadian citizenship (CBC).
Bring back postal banking, northern food mail program, union tells Canada Post (CBC).
'Grow a spine,' Canadian taxpayers group counsels Yukon premier (CBC).
Ottawa gives Northwestel $50 million to improve Nunavut internet (NN).
Regular Nunavut MLAs say no to more debate on Bill 37 (NN).
Nunavut minister hopes Education Act amendments survive final round (NN).
Nunavut cabinet minister happy with response to Iqaluit beer-wine store (NN).

China
Who Benefits From Chinas Belt and Road in the Arctic? (The Diplomat).
China sent a ship to the Arctic for science. Then state media announced a new trade route. (WP).
Politics in the Arctic: China (Market Mogul).
The Snow Dragon: China in the Arctic (Market Mogul).

Iceland
Iceland's center-right govt collapses amid pedophile scandal (BI).

Norway
Norway's right-wing government wins re-election fought on oil, tax (CNBC).
Norway PM re-elected in win for oil (Upstream).
Brge Brende resigns as foreign minister (IBO).

Russia
A talk with the Nenets governor shows two worlds and two ways of doing business (IBO).
Feisty mayor in Russias Far East wants his nuclear trash collected (Bellona).

United States
State of Alaska renews effort to search for oil in the Arctic Refuge (Wilderness).
Trump administration works to remove legal hurdles to drilling in ANWR (AD).
Fairbanks City Council lifts marijuana protests (NM).


ENERGY
Russia
Finnish company comes to Murmansk, sets up Arctic oil spill response unit with Rosneft (IBO).
Energy Ministry expects gas production on Arctic shelf to grow to 34 bln cubic meters (TASS).
First Arc7 called home as Yamal LNG shifts into start-up mode (Trade Winds News).
Russia's Gazprom raises investment guideline (UPI).
Russias 60% of gas to be produced at yet unopened fields by 2035 experts (TASS).
St. Petersburg engineers design nuclear sub for Arctic projects (TASS).
Arctic shelf oil production to increase 16.6 percent to 26 million tons in 2017 (Arctic.ru).
Rosneft tows heavy iceberg in the Arctic (Arctic.ru).
How Russia Saved This Oil Platform From A Titanic Disaster (OP).
Russias Arctic Oil Is Off Limits For Private Drillers (OP).

United States
Slope producers doing more with less (AJOC).
Hilcorp advances plan for cross-Inlet oil pipeline (AJOC).
Walker: Monetizing gas the goal; will continue even without AKLNG (PN).
Unocals interest in TAPS still hanging (PN).
Applying for change: Hilcorp requests RCA approval for shipment of oil by pipeline under Cook Inlet (PN).
More NS exploration: ConocoPhillips hopes to drill up to five exploratory wells this winter (PN).
What Is ANWR? Here's Everything You Need to Know About Alaska's Controversial Territory (Fortune).
Trump Administration Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling Studies (NYT).
Beneath political firestorm on Arctic Ocean drilling, two projects make steady progress (APM).
Arctic policy nonprofit voices support for ANWR development (Arctic Sounder).
What can Kodiak teach the world about renewable energy? A lot. (KTOO).
State of Alaska renews effort to search for oil in the Arctic Refuge (Wilderness Society).
Trump administration working toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (WP).
Trump administration moves to lift ban on oil assessment in ANWR (KTOO).
Trump moving toward energy exploration in Arctic wildlife refuge: report (The Hill).
Q&A on Trump administration efforts to open Arctic Refuge to oil exploration (Wilderness Society).

Scandinavia
A Call to Norway to Invest in Renewables (All About Alpha).


MILITARY / SEARCH & RESCUE
United States
Operation Uggianaqtuq: An Arctic security expedition (US Air Force).
USCG Unit Spotlight: "Bulldog of the Bering" Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley (DVIDS).
Air Force Generals visit Alaska (Web Center 11).
Correction: Air Force Leaders-Alaska story (San Francisco Chronicle).
University institute tailors research for Defense Department (Ledger Enquirer).
Alaska by the numbers: U.S. Coast Guards 150 years here (AD).
US Navy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean (Marine Technology News).
Geophysical Institute aims research toward defense (Daily News Miner).
America's Arctic Airborne Brigade cases colors for Afghan deployment (US Army).
Arctic Security Expedition: AF leaders visit Eielson, gain insight to U.S. Arctic ops (US Air Force).
Navy deploys buoys in Arctic for climate research (UPI).

Canada
Northern Rangers test marksmanship skills against 100s of soldiers (CBC).
Rear-Admiral Baines takes Halifax command (Lookout News).

Russia
On northernmost tip of Eurasian mainland, a showoff of Northern Fleet capacity (IBO).
Russia makes wild claim that its next generation T-14 Armata tank can run on Mars (BI).
Russia starts big war games along its borders, alarming its neighbors (Sandhills Express).
Northern Fleet begins evacuating scrap metal from Arctic island (TASS).

General/International
Climate Change and Arctic Security: Five Key Questions Impacting the Future of Arctic Governance (Just Security).


MINING
Canada
N.W.T.'s Gahcho Kue mine celebrates one year of operations (CBC).
Long-awaited N.W.T. mining road through national park gets thumbs up from review board (CBC).
Silver sale: Mine near Yukon-B.C. border sold for $250 million (CBC).
Victoria drills gold at Olive extension (PN).
Faraday drilling done, maiden resource soon (PN).
North Arrow targets Q1-4 with 2017 field program (PN).
Drills cut shallow gold-silver at Klaza (PN).
Fireweed off to a good start at Macmillan Pass (PN).
3 Aces bulk sampling yields 744 oz gold bar (PN).
Canadas four newest gold mines (CMJ).
Golden Predator pours gold from 3 Aces bulk sample (CMJ).
Nation builders: The current generation of mine builders (CMJ).
White Gold finds new zone at Rebecca target (CMJ).
Welcome to the gold issue (CMJ).
Gold miners seek safety as political risks rise (Kitco).

United States
Peak Gold discovers new zone at Tetlin; extends 2017 drilling (PN).


SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE
Earth sciences, climate and weather
5.1 magnitude earthquake strikes near the Yukon, B.C., Alaska border Saturday (CBC).
Greenlands time capsule ice gives clues for global warming (Asahi Shimbun).
As Alaska Thaws, Everything Changes (Gizmodo).
Study shows Arctic sea ice continues to melt considerably (UPI).
Ancient tree exposes cause of hike in Arctic temperature (UPI).
What climate change means for northern, colder cities (Futurity).
North Korea blast lights up Alaska seismometers (The Arctic Sounder).
Ask a Climatologist: Summer sea ice minimum near record low again (KTOO).

Wildlife and ecology
Walruses on packed Alaska beach may have died in a stampede (CBC).
Life, Death, and Predation on the Greenland Ice Sheet (GlacierHub).
Why Scientists Are Firing Air Guns at Narwhals (Arctic Deeply).
Half of Canada's monitored wildlife is in decline, major study finds (The Guardian).
Nunavuts mysterious island: Retracing the living history of a barren Arctic shelter (The Globe and Mail).
Hundreds of dead birds found on Bering Sea shores (The Bristol Bay Times).

Environmental management
Baffin caribou co-management plan shows high compliance, minister says (NN).
Moscow unveils $240m park with tundra, ice cave (The Jakarta Post).
The Nansen Legacy vital for future of Barents Sea, say researchers (IBO).
An Arctic camping experience in the Yukon with Parks Canada (Toronto Star).

Research and university news
Uncovering Clues About the Arctics Past Climate in Old Whaling Logs (Arctic Deeply).
Icebreaker Novorossiysk leaves Murmansk to support the expedition of Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (PortNews).
Canadas New Arctic Research Facility Prepares to Open (Arctic Deeply).
Arctic climate change researchers still conflicted over UAFs coal-fired powerplant (KTOO).
Nunavut debate continues over contentious Franklin relics (NN).
Where is the body of John Franklin? Inuit historian thinks he knows (CBC).
Historical tug of war: The ever-changing narrative of the lost Franklin expedition (CBC).
U.S. Navy Air-Drops Ice Buoys for Polar Research (Maritime Executive).
Feds announce $7.4 million to help fund geoscience research across the North (CBC).
North Slope lakes artificially warmed to simulate climate change (The Arctic Sounder).
Navy-Led International Team Deploys Buoys to Collect Weather, Oceanographic Data (ExecutiveGov).
Aboard the Sikuliaq on the Beaufort Sea (The Delta Discovery).


HEALTH, YOUTH, SOCIETY AND CULTURE
Health
Former downtown bar pegged as new location for Yellowknife sobering centre
(CBC).

Youth and Education
Creating cultural competence in Northwest Alaska (The Arctic Sounder).
After nearly 40 years, Nunavik school board undergoes a facelift (NN).
Sachs Harbour, N.W.T., teen pens song about uncle's death, garners thousands of views online (CBC).
Nunavut law school student wins QIAs Amagoalik scholarship (NN).

Society
Gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates growing, latest statistics show (CBC).
Education and enforcement: Yellowknifers weigh in on N.W.T. marijuana legalization (CBC).
N.W.T. benefit for low-income seniors increases by 23% (CBC).
One of the oldest buildings in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, destroyed by fire (CBC).
ADN sold after no other bidder surfaced (AJOC).

Culture
Niqipiaq summit held in Kotzebue (The Arctic Sounder).
Everyone can help promote traditional diets in Northwest Alaska (The Arctic Sounder).
Learn Inuktitut in Montreal, appreciate the genius of the Inuit language (NN).
Building a Home for Labradors Inuit Cultural Revival (Arctic Deeply).
Museum Bucks Traditional Model To Reveal The True North (PR Web).
Now I Know How Joan of Arc Felt (Art Forum).
Indigenous network calls for more Communion support (Anglican Journal).
Yukon's beautiful fall as captured by local photographers (NN).
The images of the Russian North (Arctic.ru).
This photographer is documenting radical change in the Arctic (Yale Climate Connections).

Sport
Freediving Champions Take Part in Arctic Expedition (Deep Blue).
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