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.

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan intends to make it from Murmansk to the Bering Strait in 14 days without engine power and pit stops.

The nuclear-powered icebreaker “50 Years of Victory” recently completed Russia’s 100th visit to the North Pole with a surface vessel. 

Hillary Clinton used Twitter on Tuesday to declare her opposition to Arctic offshore drilling, and her brief statement was applauded by environmentalists, but denounced by Republicans.

There will be no joint counting of polar bears this year as Russian authorities reject Norwegian reseachers’ entry to the Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land.

As one of its cargo ships arrives in Sweden after the transcontinental voyage, shipping company Cosco says it migth boost shipments along the Arctic route.

Oil company Rosneft scraps Russian manufacturers, acquires 160 copters from Italian manufactorer AgustaWestland for offshore Arctic projects. 

U.S. President Barack Obama will use his trip to Alaska later this month as the backdrop of a message to the world about climate change, he announced in a video message.

Norwegian authorities’ introduction of new travel regulations at Svalbard has stirred an outcry in Moscow.

It all depends on Russia’s and the other Arctic countries’ obligedness with the recommendations issued by the UN, an expert says.

An icebreaker sailed from Murmansk yesterday to pick up 17 scientists who have spent four months on an ice floe near the North Pole.

It might take up to 15 years to settle the Arctic delimitation issue, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Improved computer simulations suggest that the Arctic will see its first ice-free summer in 2050, a decade earlier than previously projected.

The Russian continental shelf stretches beyond the North Pole, the Russian government asserts. The country this week submitted its renewed claims for the Arctic shelf to the UN Continental Shelf Commission.