With the melting of Arctic sea ice, the predictions for the shipping sector in the Arctic have radically changed. The Northern Sea Route and the North West Passage could become major trading routes in the near future. Transports between Europe and Asia could be cut by up to 40 % in costs and time. The Arctic maritime traffic will most likely be dominated by transit shipping of natural resources from the Arctic region to the world market. But is the Arctic prepared for this increase in Arctic shipping?
Climate change is complicating the variables that Alaskans consider when planning for the future. Communities, agencies and other entities have begun to grapple with both the information that they need to adapt to a changing climate and how the processes and practices of science should change to make science more useful. We reviewed and coded sixty-three documents that expressed practical research needs related to climate change in Alaska.
The 5th Arctic Business Forum in March 2014 introduces the Rising Business Potential in the Arctic Vast natural resources and melting of arctic sea ice have led the arctic regions to become an interesting new destination for investments. Only this decade the European High North region hold ongoing and planned investments worth of over more than 100 billion euro. The 5th Arctic Business Forum conference will be held at Rovaniemi, Finland from March 11th to 13th, 2014.
The Tranzit-DV Group, with the participation of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, is holding a conference in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The conference theme is the creation of a logistics complex - MILC (Multimodal Industrial-Logistics Complex) in the Asia-Pacific Region with developed infrastructure and traffic network.
This workshop on 12 March will focus on the risks from operating in ice with a particular focus on the gap between the different rules and regulations of the IACS Polar Class Rules, the (draft) IMO Polar Code and the lack of a pan-Arctic benchmark for determining when different ice class requirements apply. In this workshop, the world’s leading marine, insurance and ice experts will try to come to a consensus to highlight these issues.
In the 7th thematic webinar, concepts of information sharing and communication will be discussed. Questions will focus on the role of observers in mediating the information stream, both through development of data streams, products, and interaction with communities, as well as acceptance of input from interested parties and stakeholders.The webinar will be available through Webex (details available at www.arctichub.net).
The Arctic market is different from anything we’ve ever seen before. The business opportunity, driven by vast natural resources and new transportation routes, is enormous – this much we know for sure. The Nordic countries and Russia alone will invest an estimated 100 billion euros in it by 2020. Already now, there is a high demand for clean technology and other sustainable solutions. It is quite clear that, whether in production, technology sector, or business services, it is crucial to follow the new market closely and proactively.
"Arctic's New Normal: Shifting Environmental Baselines Over Decades to Millennia and Comparisons with the Antarctic"
Fri, 03/14/2014 to Sun, 03/16/2014
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