Artificial ice on the driveway made the playground for the polar bear activists, while the banner posted the clear message “Save the Arctic.” Moscow police arrested 10 of the activists, including the four dressed as polar bears. One of them was carrying a sign saying “Miller – Your driller is Arctic Killer.” Alexei Miller is top chief of Gazprom, the Russian state own company operating the Prirazlomnoye rig in the eastern part of the Barents Sea.
Two weeks ago, activists onboard the Greenpeace vessel “Arctic Sunrise” boarded the Prirazlomnoye rig in a protest against all arctic oil drilling.
Half a million people are supporting the campaign Greenpeace runs to protect the Arctic, reads the portal of the organizations Russian branch office.
“The only way to precent a catastrophe is to prohibit any drilling here and around the North Pole and create a global nature reserve, turning it into an area of peace and science,” says Vladimir Chuprov, head of the energy department of Greenpeace Russia.
Greenpeace has posted a video from Wednesday’s protest on YouTube.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.