Nikita Ovsyannikov is Russia’s most well-known polar bear scientists. Observing the retreat of the ice due to climate changes from his facility on the Wrangel Island in the Chukchi Sea, he says: “It is worse for Russian polar bears than the bears in Canada or Greenland because the pack ice is retreating much faster in our waters.”
This summer has once again been all-time-low for the Arctic Sea ice in the waters north of Siberia, and between the islands of Svalbard, Franz Josefs Land and Novaya Zemlya in the Barents Sea. The Arctic Sea ice was in late September 18 percent smaller than previous record from 2007.
Polar Bears will according to Ovsyannikov disappear from the wild within the next 20 to 25 years.
“The best habitat is quickly disappearing. It is extreme. What we are seeing right now is very late freezing. Our polar bear population is obviously declining. It used to be that new ice was thick enough for them to walk on in late October. It now will happen much later,” Nikita Ovsyannikov told Edmonton Journal.
He is also concerned that as pack ice continues to melt, increased shipping through the Northern Sea Route will have a greater impact on Arctic wildlife. “It is inevitable that economic development will continue. So it is up to take as many precautions as possible because a shipping accident in the Arctic would be an absolute disaster for the entire ecosystem.”
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.