Norway and Russia launches a joint expedition to determine the condition of a sunken nuclear submarine and containers of radioactive waste dumped in the Barents Sea.

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.

Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency says many of the areas to be opened for oil drilling have not been studied properly.

Emission of chemicals in the mining waste is dumped to the same fjord as salmon in the common Norwegian, Finnish Neiden / Näätämö river migrates.

The wreck of the Soviet cruiser “Murmansk” will be completely gone by November. 14 000 tons of scrap metal has been removed in the unique operation on the coast of Finnmark.

Arctic sea ice has passed its annual maximum extent and is beginning its seasonal decline through the spring and summer. While total extent was not at record low, it remained well below average through March.


KIRUNA: the Arctic Council’s biodiversity group today released the “Arctic Biodiversity Assessment”, a report containing the best available science on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.

The average temperature in Kirkenes for the month of June reached 12.8°C, which is 4.3°C above normal. But an executive meteorologist said this is not a record high, nor necessarily an indication of climate change.

Radioactive fallout after the Chernobyl catastrophe is a diminishing problem in Norway, 27 years after the accident.

INARI: Forest expert Trude Myhre with WWF Norway says protecting the unique taiga forest is a key to fighting biodiversity loss and climate change. Recommendations for expanding protected areas were given at the Barents Enviro-Ministers’ meeting.

Brown bears are emerging from their dens in the Pasvik Valley earlier this year than ever before. The bears in Pasvik have been shown to be genetically isolated from their Norwegian neighbours to the west but not the Russian bears to the east. The disconnect, says biologist Alexander Kopatz, is likely due to human influence.

A joint Norwegian-Russian expedition has arrived in the Barents Sea to study the condition of the sunken nuclear submarine K-159.

Global warming could trigger a food crisis in the High North with hunters’ ability to live of the land threatened due to melting ice and migrating species.

While Russia’s naval yard in Severodvinsk is busy like never before in Post-Soviet times with construction of new submarines, two old submarines on the Arctic seabed cause major concern for nuclear scientists.

The two countries have together managed the rich fish stocks in the Barents Sea for almost half a century. Now, they again engage in their annual joint marine research expedition.