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.
Long negotiations between World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the biggest timber-producer company “Ilim group” resulted in agreement signing on preservation of the valuable forests located in the Southern part of the Arkhangelsk region.
Little information from the oil companies and no independent observation of the cleanup efforts are making it difficult to know the extent of damage from the Trebs field oil spill in the Russian Arctic, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
INARI: Barents Environmental Ministerial meeting on Wednesday received a glossy report by the Barents Working Group on Environment where the industrial disaster zone of Monchegorsk is labeled “solved” on the list of hot spots.