For the first time, a Russian LNG tanker passed through the Northeast Passage in January. This brings the Northern Sea Route one step closer to being navigable year-round.
Just hours after his inauguration, President Joe Biden temporarily halted drilling projects in Alaska’s wildlife refuge.
Russia’s nuclear drone project “Poseidon” is to have its own coastal base by next year. In addition, the tests have been postponed until 2021.
The Russian Ministry for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic has three new ministers following the resignation of Alexander Krutikov.
The EU and Greenland have concluded a new agreement on sustainable fisheries for the next four years. This can be extended by two years.
Russia’s First Deputy Minister for the Development of the Far East Alexander Krutikov leaves office after 6.5 years of work.
Australia’s proposed aerodrome in Antarctica is meeting with environmental and political criticism and concerns around the world.
The US Navy has presented the blueprint of its Arctic strategy and sees a need for action against Russia and China.
At the conference of the Ministry of Far East and Arctic, tourism and an easier entry to Franz Josef Land were discussed.
The existing weather stations are getting older and are to be upgraded. Roshydromet is also to receive funds for the revision of the information system “Sever”.
The lawsuit filed by opponents of the proposed sale of mining rights in ANWR was denied by the U.S. District Court in Alaska.
A showdown is brewing in Washington between Trump supporters and opponents on several fronts, including for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
U.S. policymakers and global strategists have long misjudged the Arctic as a strategic region, according to The National Interest. Now this is taking its toll, wrote the American journal.
The Government of the British Antarctic Territory announced that 28 new place names will be applied in the British Antarctic Territory.
The UK-EU trade deal on Brexit does not apply to the Falkland Islands.
The status of the Swiss Polar Institute has been raised and now allows greater support for Swiss polar research projects.
Canadian North and Air Greenland have signed a letter of intent. The possibility of air connections between Greenland and Canada will be examined.
The administration on Svalbard will be given a gender-neutral name and will be called “Sysselmester” as of July 1st next year.
The UK government has not included the Falkland Islands’ appeal to avoid tariffs on fishery products in the Brexit negotiations.
Global warming is showing its dramatic effects. The direct damage from warming in the Russian Arctic could be around 100 billion euros.
Fearing that they will not get a grip on the spread of COVID-19, the government of Greenland has ordered a stop of all flights between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq before Christmas.
That is likely to further annoy President Trump: the last major US bank refuses to finance exploration projects in the Arctic.
In Greenland, the ruling Party Siumut is discussing the future and a new head of government after the deselection of Kim Kielsen.
An agreement on fisheries cooperation brings about an annual meeting between Greenland and the United Kingdom (UK) and simplified controls.