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Policy and solutions / Re: Who owns the North Pole?
« on: November 20, 2018, 03:39:00 PM »
The extract from the BBC’s article:
Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen from Syddansk University said the government in Copenhagen had staked its claim, partly to show the world that Denmark could not be pushed about, but also to prove a political point to the people of Greenland.
“There is a strong push for independence in Greenland and Denmark wants to show it’s capable of taking its interest into account” he told the BBC
“By taking this step, Copenhagen is sending a signal [to the Greenland]: ‘Listen, we’re on your team’.”\-europe\-30481309
Why does Denmark think it can claim to the North Pole?\-denmark\-thinks\-it\-can\-lay]\-claim\-to\-north\-pole

Policy and solutions / Re: Who owns the North Pole?
« on: November 20, 2018, 02:13:11 PM »
Some new thoughts on the theme...

Denmark and the Lomonosov Ridge: underlying reason for the claim

When Copenhagen presented in 2014 a claim to the UN, arguing that the area surrounding the North Pole -– is connected to the continental shelf of Greenland, the former Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard named it a “historic and important milestone” for the country. Denmark’s bid for 895,000sq km of the Arctic Ocean sounds particularly audacious given that the country lies on the same latitude as Britain – more than 2,000 miles from the North Pole. The main accent has been made on economic benefits of the application pointing out that as much as 22 % of the world’s undiscovered and recoverable resources lay north of the Arctic Circle.
At the same time, Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen assistant professor at the University of Southern Denmark (Syddansk Universitet) says that the economic dimension of this territory is overstated because this part of the vast Arctic “probably has no resources whatsoever”. As he stresses “all geological estimates indicate that this particular area has neither oil nor gas – it’s just about lines on a map”.
So if the economic benefits of the disputed part of the Ridge are rather doubtful what is the underlying reason for such claim to the UN.
The Danish move has political rather than economic basis. Denmark’s interest is delivered from its “autonomous territory” (the more accurate description for colony), Greenland. As Rahbek-Clemmensen says, for the Greenlanders it’s “more about a feeling of nationhood, and being part of the Arctic”. Thus Copenhagen’s initiative is nothing else but urge to shore up its popularity in independence-seeking Greenland, where the claim is “very, very popular”.
Thorkild Kjærgaard, expert in history from the University of Greenland, agrees that the claim is designed to show the benefits of the union with Denmark: Greenland could never make such a claim on its own. He admits that the Danish claim for the Lomonosov Ridge competitive with Russian one is just Copenhagen’s desire to demonstrate that they support any Greenlandic application.
Kjærgaard acknowledges that the position of Denmark in this question is rather weak and the lack of hard evidence for the claim makes it difficult for Danish flag to rise over the North Pole.

Policy and solutions / Who owns the North Pole?
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:04:50 AM »
As climate change has led to record sea ice decline, the Arctic has surfaced as a region of global geopolitical relevance and the international attention zooming in on the Arctic turn it to the object of territorial claims. The Arctic states have carried out extensive research for years, often in joint operations, to prepare their CLCS (UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf) submissions.

Denmark’s claims are based on the idea that Greenland’s continental shelf naturally continues to from the Lomonosov Ridge. But according to scientists, the Lomonosov Ridge is a natural extension of the Eurasian continental margin into the Arctic Basin.

More than that, according to the experts, in its claim Denmark used the published Russian scientific data, in particular, the geological information. Have the Danes really engaged in ‘geological plagiarism’ just to get the titbit?

Greenland and Arctic Circle / Re: What's new in Greenland?
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:01:06 AM »
The Arctic has slowly but surely gained visibility as an increasingly important part of the Danish/Greenlandic narrative (in which Greenland’s, in fact, Danish ‘colony’, role has miraculously evolved over time to that of an ‘equal partner’ in the Danish Realm). Denmark submitted the last (fifth) claim in 2014 (it lays claim to the North Pole). But, wait a minute! Its bid for 895,000 sq km of the Arctic Ocean sounds particularly audacious given that this is 20 times the size of Denmark!

They say that the obtaining rights to the North Pole has a symbolic meaning. But… isn’t it too much for the country, which lies on the same latitude as (for example) Britain – more than 2,000 miles from the North Pole?

Arctic sea ice / Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:04:25 PM »
I guess that cooperation between countries is precisely the thing that has much to do with geopolitics or The Great Game, whatever you call it. And the Chinese… they know it. They always know exactly or what they do. That’s why they have an expanding economy.

And as for their icebreakers, either converted or built, they are, again, the part of China’s far-sighted policy… or at least their effort to remain the part of The Great Game.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:43:32 PM »
I anticipate that the Northern Sea Route will soon be open all year round, regardless of the weather conditions and etc. It was the only thought that occurred to me when I came across an article stating that such powerful countries as China and Russia work closely together to develop the Arctic. Contrary to popular opinion, the report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute mentioned in the article proves that Moscow is not only open to foreign cooperation, but is also ready to increase it. And it is very well illustrated by the “impressive track record of cooperation between China and Russia on the Yamal LNG project”.

And if now I’m probably overestimating the scale of warming of relations between these two countries, then the Western countries definitely underestimate the scale of non-cooperation with Russia on Arctic issues, which may further put them at a disadvantage in terms of access to the Northern Sea Route. And what do you think?

Policy and solutions / Re: Let's make business!
« on: August 21, 2018, 04:19:55 PM »
Accusations that Russia and other countries in recent years have come to the Arctic, drilled wells, irrevocably damaged the region’s ecology are nothing more than fictions of people who are unfamiliar with the state of affairs in the region’s industry.  Enterprises of the fuel and energy sector exert a significant impact on the environment indeed. For about 90 % of air emissions, up to 80 % of industrial wastes and almost 15 % of wastewater discharges fall to the share of these factories.  And these figures are not a secret. “Champions’ for the purity of the Arctic use these data in their reports.
Another thing is wrong. Blaming Russia and others for the environmental damage they cause to the Arctic region by oil and gas production, it is often forgotten that the international requirements for the cleanliness of the Arctic projects are so high today that at the design stage of a new production, companies spare no expense for the nature preservation. Champions of the Arctic’s purity always cite these figures as an example.
But even primitive people did some harm to the environment. They cut down trees, burned fires, and killed animals. After all, any human activity causes harm. The question is another – can we take responsibility for our actions? But this is well-known that we can’t escape from the extraction of hydrocarbons. I doubt whether any of those who worry about the Arctic’s nature will agree to live in the caves and give up the creature comforts. You don’t refuse from light and heating, vehicles, and the Internet, do you?
Therefore we should contribute to wider international cooperation in the region both from the ecological and natural resources extraction points of view.
P.S.: And by the way, for those who asked, WE – are not only Europe and the US. WE – are the whole world!

Policy and solutions / Re: Let's make business!
« on: August 19, 2018, 05:37:07 PM »
Let’s be realistic! Everyone is screaming about ecology and harm to the nature. But have you ever thought, why does your car work or your house is heated? Or, for example, where we can find more than 5 thousand jobs? Today’s high technologies allow us to extract natural resources without any harm to the nature. I am for making this region clean and beautiful. But  energy reserves around the world are gradually ending. So why should we wait? or do you want to give all of them to others?
I don't get it. The arctic is melting because of all the fossil fuels extracted and burned, leading to the emissions of massive amounts of greenhouse gases. So now you are suggesting to make use of that fact to extract and burn more fossil fuels?

The question is not about my backing up larger usage of fossil fuels. My post is just like appeal to greater international cooperation and primary with Russia, as the owner of the vast Arctic territory. It’s obvious that Moscow will continue its projects in the High North anyway. So, why not to cooperate with Russia for common benefits? Just for example, high-tech technologies from us in exchange for energy or other resources from Russia

Policy and solutions / Re: Let's make business!
« on: August 19, 2018, 12:46:04 PM »
I appreciate there are those who are looking to cooperative ventures in the Arctic region, re accessibility of natural resources.  But to consider extracting petroleum products in the far North (or expanding the practice anywhere else) is like feeding the fire under the pot in which you are being boiled.  (I've seen paintings in Kashmir and Pakistan of what was done to opposing Sikh and Muslim clerics 'a long time ago' when relations were at their worst.)

Let’s be realistic! Everyone is screaming about ecology and harm to the nature. But have you ever thought, why does your car work or your house is heated? Or, for example, where we can find more than 5 thousand jobs? Today’s high technologies allow us to extract natural resources without any harm to the nature. I am for making this region clean and beautiful. But  energy reserves around the world are gradually ending. So why should we wait? or do you want to give all of them to others?

Policy and solutions / Let's make business!
« on: August 18, 2018, 07:44:12 AM »
The Arctic… This once-inhospitable corner of the world is becoming the next global commons as the polar ice cap melts. Increasingly navigable seaways and new access to natural resources create new opportunities for greater collaboration between Arctic and non-Arctic nations.
To look at this issue in depth, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University convened a working group which issued the report called “The New Arctic: Navigating the Realities, Possibilities, and Problems”. Click on that link:
The researchers concluded that resource extraction and expanded sea lines will be of particular importance in the coming years.
Unfortunately, we do not cooperate with the largest player in the Arctic – Russia, because of political tensions. But everyone knows that the joint work on the implementation of projects is helping to strengthen mutually beneficial relations.
As an entrepreneur I can say that, from an economic perspective, there is much to think about. Because under the Russian ice there is more oil than in the OPEC countries all together. However the launch of new projects in this region is associated with high costs and the need of advanced technologies. And in order to develop these territories Moscow is ready to go for a dialogue and concessions.
At the moment, the best example of successful international cooperation in the region is Russian-Chinese Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project – the construction of a plant for the production of liquefied natural gas with a capacity of about 16,5 million tons. Here is the link:
Besides, melting ice means new polar routes, shortened transit times and significant commercial advantages. What Moscow calls the Northern Sea Route (NSR) stretches across 3, 000 miles. Russia will no doubt seek business partners to develop the NSR infrastructure.
So why not taking this opportunity? I think the time to think not about politics but about economic benefits has come! Nothing personal, just business.

There has been much written about the motivation of observers to join the Arctic Council, including articles on this forum. But the biggest question remains: what are the benefits of observer status within the Arctic Council?
I think they rather have obligations than real opportunities to gain something. First of all, minutes from Council meetings do not record any comments from observers during general plenary discussions. Secondly, observers neither providing suggestions about Council projects, nor contributing any scientific research or engaging actively in the work of the institution. And finally, observers are encouraged to make relevant contributions, particularly within the working groups of the Council.
As for the Netherland’s prospective, despite an accredited status, our impact on Council affairs is very limited. :'( The country rarely provides comments in Council meetings and does not currently sponsor any Council projects. But we spend large amounts of money to send representatives to far-flung northern locales to gain intangibles. And it happens to all observers.
So I would like to warn those who have an idea to become an observer. Think twice before you decide! Otherwise you will sit in the back rows of the meeting room as we do it now. :-\ :-\ :-\

Policy and solutions / Re: The EU and the Arctic Council
« on: May 18, 2018, 11:31:09 AM »
I agree. In addition, some member-states are already represented in the Arctic Council, and may put EU concerns into organization’s agenda. So what is double representation for then?

But on the other hand – an observer is not a full member of the Council! What to fear? 8)

Arctic sea ice / Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« on: February 21, 2018, 12:13:28 PM »
A little off-topic, but...
Canada (with it CAA); islands make for lots of coastline!

Guys, what 'cause of soe personal d...-measuring contest? Though I’m not a drumbeater for Russia, but it should be confessed the fact that Moscow is getting more and more involved and interested in the Arctic. Even much more that other countries (except rather non-Arctic China).

As for Canucks few years ago I ran across the article by Canadian stated that Canada’s frigid Arctic is definitely something to get hot and bothered about. The main idea was - Canada must stop lie itself and others that it needs the North… Well, something like that…

If find I’ll throw link.

Arctic sea ice / Re: What's new in the Arctic ?
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:46:30 AM »
In June 2018, Russia will host the International Symposium on Ice to be attended by as many as 250 experts from Southeast Asian countries, Europe, the Americas, New Zealand, and Australia. The event will be held at the Far Eastern Federal University.

Vladivostok and the Arctic problems? Ha! As I see on the map Vladivostok is about as far south as you can get in Siberia, and it’s really not near the Arctic at all. In fact, sitting on the shoes of the Pacific Ocean, it enjoys a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate. Hasn’t Russia got a more Arctic-oriented city to be chosen as a host-city for the event?!

The rest / Re: Greenpeace and the Arctic Drilling.
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:57:11 PM »
I, generally, stand for Greenpeace's ideas but don't you think that such methods of countering the Arctic oil drilling are quite ineffective?

Let's take the case of boarding of the Russian oil rig Prirazlomnaya by Greenpeace activists in 2012. Do you remember what the result of such actions was? I'll tell you - not any. The oil rig has still been producting oil.

Knowing the Russians' negligence to the environment this must be concern not the Norway's actions which meet the highest green standards.

Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: April 08, 2017, 09:58:45 AM »
Communities ill-prepared for oil spill in Arctic Ocean, report says
about 5,700 people living in the Beaufort Delta and the 2,800 people in northern Nunavut who could be devastated by a spill, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund Canada

Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: March 26, 2017, 10:23:18 PM »
Icepacman is great! He`s made my day ;D

Arctic sea ice / Re: What's new in the Arctic ?
« on: February 21, 2017, 10:51:55 PM »
North Pole research ship RV Polarstern to be frozen in Arctic ice so scientists can study weather patterns:

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