Arctic may lose all its summer ice by end of 2030s

The Third Pole published an article titled, “Arctic may lose all its summer ice by end of 2030s”. The article reads in part as follows:

The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) is Norway’s premier government institution conducting research on the Arctic and Antarctic. It has been the main research institution with which the Indian National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research(NCPOR) has cooperated over the last decade. One of the key areas is the four year (2016-2020) mass balance, dynamics, and climate of the central Dronning Maud Land coast, East Antarctica (MADICE) project, where the two countries have combined their expertise to form a fruitful research partnership.

China’s Busy Year in the Arctic

The Diplomat published an article titled, “China’s Busy Year in the Arctic”. The article reads in part as follows:

January 2018 saw the first formulation of an official Chinese Arctic policy in the release of its Arctic White Paper. Besides laying out the country’s interests and intents in the region, the white paper made official a vocabulary that sought to emphasize Beijing’s growing role as a major stakeholder in the Arctic by announcing China to be a “near-Arctic state” — argued mainly on the grounds of (relative) geographical proximity and the adverse effects that a warming Arctic would have on China’s coastal areas and various industrial and agricultural sectors. The document also sought to fold the “Polar Silk Road” — a predominantly China-Russian partnership established a year prior — into the greater Belt and Road Initiative.

Thematic Network on Arctic and Northern Governance

UArctic published an article titled, “Thematic Network on Arctic and Northern Governance”. The article reads in part as follows:

The focus of this thematic network is multilevel and comparative governance in the circumpolar north.  The network will facilitate collaboration between researchers who study the institutional evolution of Arctic and northern governance from the local to global levels. It will also encourage the comparative examination of governance across different political jurisdictions.  The network welcomes research collaboration between academics and stakeholders that responds to regional and local needs.

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Trump Prepares to Unveil a Vast Reworking of Clean Water Protections

The New York Times published an article titled, “Trump Prepares to Unveil a Vast Reworking of Clean Water Protections”. The article reads in part as follows:

The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to unveil a plan that would weaken federal clean water rules designed to protect millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of streams nationwide from pesticide runoff and other pollutants.

Environmentalists say the proposal represents a historic assault on wetlands regulation at a moment when Mr. Trump has repeatedly voiced a commitment to “crystal-clean water.” The proposed new rule would chip away at safeguards put in place a quarter century ago, during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, who implemented a policy designed to ensure that no wetlands lost federal protection.

Responsibility for the Arctic from Afar

The Arctic Institute published an article titled, “Responsibility for the Arctic from Afar”. The article reads in part as follows:

The Expert Workshop “How to Protect the Arctic from Afar” reminded everyone that the Arctic is a large and diverse place, where things are nevertheless very much interconnected. That is true for regions, activities, and ecosystems in the Arctic. It is also true for the Arctic being connected, in manifold ways, to non-Arctic countries and regions, with their patterns of land use, production, and consumption. We find the Arctic to be strongly affected by emissions, resource extraction and use, industrial activities, policies and regulations, and conservation efforts in non-Arctic areas.

Arctic warming: More shipping, more risks to marine mammals

Yale Climate Connections published an article titled, “Arctic warming: More shipping, more risks to marine mammals”. The article reads in part as follows:

The high Arctic long has been seen as a vast, impassable span of ice accessed only by intrepid and daring explorers. But as more sea ice melts, the region is becoming more accessible, and travel by ship is now possible under certain conditions.

China’s role in Arctic governance ‘cannot be ignored

The Global Times published an article titled, “China’s role in Arctic governance ‘cannot be ignored”. The article reads in part as follows:

China has become a “rule maker” in the global governance of the Arctic, a blue paper said Thursday, calling on the country to “stay calm” and respond with action in the face of the hyped-up “China threat” theory.

Jointly released by Beijing-based Social Sciences Academic Press and Qingdao-based Ocean University of China on Thursday, the blue paper said China’s role in promoting global governance in the region cannot be ignored.

China eyes economic, strategic benefits in the Arctic

GBTIMES published an article titled, “China eyes economic, strategic benefits in the Arctic”. The article reads in part as follows:

China has become one of the rule makers in the Arctic region, while the Polar Silk Road shipping route can boost economic integration from Asia to Europe, according to a Chinese blue paper published on Thursday.

The book, titled The Arctic Blue Paper: Arctic Development Report (2017) and published by the Ocean University of China and the Social Sciences Academic Press, follows the Asian country’s first Arctic policy released earlier this year and its increased research and commercial activities in the region.

The long road from Arctic science to international law

ScienceNordic published an article titled, “The long road from Arctic science to international law”. The article reads in part as follows:

The second meeting of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury takes place this week in Switzerland. The road to the international convention took almost 15 years and is significantly influenced by Arctic research and Norwegian efforts.

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Hva er Arktisk råd? (‘What is the Arctic Council?’)

Fridtjof Nansen Institute published an article titled, “Hva er Arktisk råd? (‘What is the Arctic Council?’)”. The article reads in part as follows:

The Arctic Council (AC) is frequently referred to as the most important international forum in the Arctic. The AC has produced substantial knowledge on Arctic issues, and informed the debate on challenges and opportunities in the region, ranging from research on climate change, introduction of shipping guidelines and emphasizing regional health issues. It is a significant player in the region as a producer of knowledge, presenter of guidelines and recommendations, Arctic environment assessment and monitoring body, and arena for the drafting of binding international agreements. In this book I look closer at AC’s role in Arctic Governance.