International attention towards the Arctic Ocean and Barents Sea is increasing because of climate change concerns, the region’s mineral resources and the prospect of increased shipping across the Northern Sea Route. The extent of how these industries influence ocean health is still not fully understood in the Arctic science community.
Scientists have had trouble explaining why the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the planet, but new research says it may be the plants’ fault: vegetation attracts sunlight, traps heat, and even interacts with the atmosphere to influence sea ice.
Polar scientists have since 2010 only seen open waters in the important migration route for polar bears over the Kara Strait between Novaya Zemlya and Vaygach. Too long to swim, warns Russian scientist.
Members of a Swedish civic organisation collected and delivered more than 20,000 signatures from individuals protesting the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant in northwest Finland by the power consortium Fennovoima.
Norway’s Intelligence Service will soon get a new “Marjata” vessel to operate in the Barents Sea. The vessel will be the world’s most advanced of its kind and will secure Norway’s need for information in the High North the next 30 years.
Barents entrepreneurship expert Heidi Andreassen believes trade and investments across the borders in the north are in jeopardy as Russia’s ruble is tumbling again in what seems like a market in panic.
Russia will file a claim with the UN by the end of March 2015 to expand the boundaries of its continental shelf in the Arctic. Conflicting territorial claims with Denmark will be solved via bilateral talks, the Russian Government says.
After four years of increased use of the Northern Sea Route by vessels going in transit between Europe and Asia, 2014 saw a steep downturn. The amount of cargo transported in transit dropped 77 percent compared to last year.