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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.

Major Nordic research institutions team up with Polar Research Institute of China to promote sustainable development of the Arctic.

The average temperature at Svalbard is so far this year almost 15 degrees Celsius above normal.

Researchers record mammoth waves in the Beaufort Sea that could jeopardize future Arctic Ocean projects not equipped to deal with the rougher seas.

Researchers drill into the ice near RV Lance during the N-ICE test cruise in February 2014.

When spring 2015 approaches, sun spilling the landscape will find a group of scientists adrift at sea on “RV Lance” – once a top-of-the-line seal hunting boat, now turned research vessel.

Russia eyes huge new territories in the Arctic after comprehensive mapping of the North Pole area.

Børge Brende

TROMSØ: Dialog on consequences of a warming Arctic is affected by a colder political climate between Russia and the West. Foreign Minister Børge Brende says Norway wants Russia to remain a part of the Arctic cooperation, but admits there is a very special situation.

The UK needs to up its game in the Arctic or risk being «outmaneuvered” by other states, and should start by appointing an ambassador to the region, according to a report by the House of Lords Arctic Committee.

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

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

The U.S. Coast Guard vessel Healy became the first U.S. surface ship to reach the North Pole unaccompanied. 

The European Parliament in a new report calls for the establishment of a permanent EU inter-service structure for Arctic affairs. It also wants an Arctic unit to be established within the European External Action Service (EEAS).

By 2020 the nuclear icebreakers “Arktika”, “Sibir” and “Rossiya” will be scrapped. This will be done at one of the shipyards in the Russian Barents.

As the summer Arctic sea-ice declines, polar bears are swimming hundreds of kilometres nonstop to find food.