Global warming is speeding more in Arctic Russia than any other place on earth warns the Emergency Ministry in its latest annual report.
“In the 21st century, Arctic temperatures will in average rise 2 - 2,5 times faster in the north,” reads the report referred to by RIA Novosti.
The ministry forecasts an average temperature rise around the globe by 2,8 degrees Celsius this century, while in the Arctic the increase will be around 7 degrees. The ministry warns of potential dramatic natural disasters caused by global warming in Russia’s northern territories.
Another scientific report, published last week by the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, revealed that increasing temperatures in the northern hemisphere already have led to significant changes in the growth of vegetation.
Plants are now growing several hundred kilometers further north than they did only a few decades ago, reads the report. Trees are now reaching the permafrost as a result of diminished temperature seasonality, that is the difference between summer and winter temperatures.
Russia threatens to destroy Norwegian fish entering the Eurasian Economic Union after the Norwegian Food Safety Authority denied inspectors of the Russian veterinary and biosecurity service from entering salmon and trout farms.
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.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.