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Friday, 08 November 2013 11:24

Tsunami radiation legacy

In Alaska, people worry about increased levels of radiation arriving in the state’s Northern and Western coasts, a late consequence of the march 2011 Fukushima meltdown. Radiation levels, allegedly reaching those of the 1960’s Cold War, have recently been measured by the University of Alaska and others, raising concerns over possible contamination of fish and wildlife.

The Tsunami caused by the 2011 Tohuku earthquake in Japan reached hights of up to 40 metres and travelled about 10 km indland, killing more than 15,000 people, crushing buildings and infrastructure, and dragging debris back into the sea as it retracted. The tsunami also flooded the cooling system of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant which led three of its reactors to melt down the day after, on 12 March, and release radioactive materials.

Friday, 01 November 2013 15:14

Academicus Arcticus 2013

The Arctic Institute held its second Academicus Arcticus young Arctic scientist award ceremony today. The award committee headed by Arctic Institute director Bent Nielsen appointed Nynne Hjort Nielsen 1st prize winner of 10,000 Danish kroners for her work on porpoises in the waters around Greenland.

2nd prize of DKK 5,000 went to Asta Moensted for an article on the cultural role of the drum in Greenland. Marc Jacobsen received 3rd prize and DKK 3,000 for a study on the importance of diplomacy as a peacekeeper among the Arctic coastal states (A 5).

Friday, 01 November 2013 12:13

Arctic Dialogue workshop II

While no news has to count as good news about negotiations between the Arctic Council and the EU about the latter’s application to become an Observer in the former, renewed efforts are being made to keep afloat the dialogue between the European Commission and Arctic indigenous peoples. On 18 October, a 2nd Arctic Dialogue workshop took place in the exact same location as the first workshop had in March 2010, the Schuman room of the Berlaymont building, the Commissions imposing headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Inuit, Saami and Russian indigenous peoples’ organizations were represented at the workshop while their European counterpart was made up of associates of various Commission Directorate-Generals, primarily DG MARE, the organizers of the workshop.

"Land and Sea Rights - Protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples to Land and Sea" is the title of this Year's Forum Conference set to take place in Tromsoe, Norway, on 30-31 October.

The Forum for development cooperation with indigenous peoples is a meeting place for indigenous peoples, indigenous people’s organisations, researchers, development workers and managers engaged in North-South cooperation on development.  The Forum works to strengthen the attention to indigenous people’s issues in aspects of Norwegian development assistance.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 20:48

Putin at the III International Arctic Forum

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, today made his top-of-the-bill special keynote speech at the second day of the Territory of Dialogue conference in Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets region.

Security was feelingly upped prior to the President arrival to the Congress Centre in Salekhard, and conference delegates were thoroughly scanned and searched before being allowed to enter the Congress Centre, the venue they had freely entered the day before.

In his speech, President Putin talked about what he called the Era of Economic Breakthrough in the Arctic, referring booming extractive industries and extraordinary efforts at building infrastructure.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 19:10

ICC President spoke in Salekhard

III International Arctic Forum – Arctic Territory of Dialogue that began yesterday and ended today was well-attended by presidents, most prominent among them President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Two more national Presidents had found their way to the venue of the event, the Congress Centre in Salekhard, Yamal, viz., Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

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