The Barents cooperation’s Working Group of Indigenous Peoples has elected a new leader – Christina Henriksen, Saami from Norway. She points out international cooperation and its permanent funding as two of her main objectives in her work.
Russia has started paying back the bail money paid by Greenpeace for 30 activists arrested in the Prirazlomnaya case. At the same time, the arrested Greenpeace icebreaker “Arctic Sunrise” has cost port authorities in Murmansk €65.000.
TROMSØ: Norwegian PM Erna Solberg received a box with 2,000 signatures against Arctic oil drilling Tuesday morning, but could assure the environmentalists that oil drilling will be an important part of the future.
Russia’s actions in Ukraine could cause problems for international cooperation in the Arctic, says Iceland’s Prime Minister. Putin’s armor bearer, Dmitri Rogozin, calls for rearming after “overt threats” by NATO.
The Pasvik valley and Jarfjord area in Sør-Varanger municipality have the highest measured concentrations of SO₂in all of Norway. The source is the nickel industry in neighboring municipality of Pechenga.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Lars Monsen and his dogs had to cross in between puddles and slushy snow when approaching checkpoint Kirkenes early Tuesday morning. Europe’s longest sled dog race is about to melt away in the unseasonably warm weather.