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China is accelerating its pace in Arctic exploration by publishing its first guide to sailing through the Northern Sea Route.

Greenpeace’s vessel «Arctic Sunrise» has been released after nearly nine months of detention in Murmansk, following the organization’s demonstration against Arctic drilling in the Pechora Sea last fall.

For ten weeks the nuclear powered icebreaker “Yamal” brought a major team of researchers practically all along Russia’s Arctic coast.

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a plan for development of the Northern Sea Route. The aim is to increase capacity by 20 times over the next 15 years.

As local policians in the Norwegian Arctic town catfight over alternative sites for new ports and maritime infrastructure, Chinese investors confirm their interest in the area.

Russia should immediately start substituting foreign equipment for use in the Arctic with Russian, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin believes.

Russia’s largest nuclear powered icebreaker is currently crushing the Arctic sea ice with 117 tourists on board.

Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun was present at a keel laying ceremony for Russia’s newest nuclear-powered icebreaker, “Sibir”. 

The former PM seeks an Arctic coast for Finland. Easy access to the Northeast Passage can turn the country into a global logistics hub, he argues.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up to six icebreakers for use by the U.S. Coast Guard.

From the gardens and castles of the Czech Republic, to the icebergs and freezing temperatures of the Svalbard archipelago, Dr. Minoslav Druckmüller travelled far from home to photograph a rare celestial event.

The Russian Government has allocated more than 205 million rubles for resuming operation of floating research stations in the Arctic.

Two major associations representing tour operators in the Arctic and Antarctic have stated that they will not allow visitors to bring recreational Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) into the regions.

Russia is building an armada of new icebreakers which will substantially strengthen its presence in Arctic waters.

The European Union was snubbed once again at the ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Iqaluit, Canada last month.