Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018

IISD Reporting Services published an article titled, “Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018”. The article reads in part as follows:

Arctic biodiversity is under threat. Conserving this ecosystem requires a holistic approach and the involvement of non-Arctic states and stakeholders. In partnership with the Finish Ministry of the Environment, the 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress will take place from 9-12 October 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland. Organized by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, the Congress will foster a dialogue among key stakeholders working on the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, including scientists, indigenous peoples, policy-makers, governments officials, industry, students and civil society.

Russia’s New Commanding Role in the Arctic (Op-ed)

The Moscow Times published an article titled, “Russia’s New Commanding Role in the Arctic (Op-ed)”. The article reads in part as follows:

While Russia’s economy is increasingly burdened by Western sanctions, Moscow has recently made crucial headway with a new Arctic transport corridor, which could have far-reaching economic and geopolitical consequences.

Last month, Maersk, which is the world’s largest shipping firm, made headlines by sending its first cargo ship through Russia’s Northern Sea Route. The NSR links Asia to Europe, utilizing Russian waters in the Arctic Ocean.

Russia’s Plan To Boost North Sea Route Annual Cargo Challenging- Arctic Economic Council

UrduPoint published an article titled, “Russia’s Plan To Boost North Sea Route Annual Cargo Challenging- Arctic Economic Council”. The article reads in part as follows:

The goal to increase the shipping volume of Russia‘s Northern Sea Route to 80 million tonnes per year announced by RussianPresident Vladimir Putin is challenging and will require additional investment, Tero Vauraste, the vice chairman of the Arctic Economic Council, told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Putin set out the key areas of development of the Russian Far East at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum being held in Russia on September 11-13. In particular, the Russian president has ordered that the transportation between Europe and the Pacific Rim should be improved with the help of the Northern Sea Route, whose annual flow of goods should be increased to 80 million tonnes.

Nearly Fifth of Russia GDP Potential Comes From Arctic – Arctic Economic Council

Sputnik published an article titled, “Nearly Fifth of Russia GDP Potential Comes From Arctic – Arctic Economic Council”. The article reads in part as follows:

The fourth annual Eastern Economic Forum kicked off on September 11 in Russia’s Far East. The EEF has been held since 2015, and serves as a platform for developing political, financial and social ties between Russia and the Asia-Pacific region.

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America Must Act on the North and South Poles

The National Interest published an article titled, “America Must Act on the North and South Poles”. The article reads in part as follows:

The two poles of our planet—the Arctic and Antarctica—demand greater attention right now. For decades, the United States has played a leadership role in both regions, a responsibility that it must continue to fulfill as a warming climate and other drivers of change are creating new challenges and opportunities. Regrettably, the Trump Administration has not devoted the resources or high-level attention necessary to maintaining American leadership position on these critical matters.