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EU Arctic Forum and Indigenous Peoples’ Dialogue

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 novembre 2021

On November 10 and 11, the European Commission and the European External Action Service will host the EU Arctic Forum and Indigenous Peoples’ Dialogue. Hot on the heels of the recently adopted Arctic Joint Communication, panel discussions during this conference will zoom in on key subjects such as International Cooperation in the Arctic, Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Economic development. The Indigenous Peoples‘ Dialogue on 11 November will discuss how to foster inclusive policy and youth involvement for a peaceful, sustainable and prosperous Arctic.The event brings together key Arctic players and stakeholders to assess recent developments in the region and discuss challenges ahead, provides a strategic outlook for the updated EU Arctic policy and addresses topics that are of particular significance to the Arctic’s inhabitants and the world as a whole. The forum will feature Vice-president of the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mr Josep Borrell Fontelles, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Mr. Pekka Olavi Haavisto.

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A stronger EU engagement for a greener, peaceful and prosperous Arctic

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 novembre 2021

The High Representative and the Commission put forward their approach for a stronger EU engagement for a peaceful, sustainable and prosperous Arctic. The Arctic region is of key strategic importance for the European Union, in view of climate change, raw materials as well as geostrategic influence. The CommunicationSearch for available translations of the preceding responds to these geopolitical, environmental, economic, security and social challenges and opportunities. It seeks to forster cooperation with partners on sustainable approaches to overcome them.The EU will establish a European Commission office in Greenland, which will raise the profile of Arctic matters in the EU’s external relations. EU funding will also be directed towards driving the green transition in the Arctic, for the benefit of Arctic populations.Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and in support of global climate action, the Communication calls for oil, coal and gas to remain in the ground.

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Arctic policy: EU launches consultation on the future approach

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

The consultation will enable a broad reflection on the EU’s Arctic policy in the face of new challenges and opportunities, including the EU’s ambitions under the European Green Deal. The consultation seeks input on the strengths and shortfalls of the existing policy, with a view to possibly preparing an updated approach.The consultation will help to re-examine the role of the EU in Arctic affairs, revise the three priorities of the current Joint Communication on An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic, and identify possible new policy areas to be developed.Fighting climate change and its impacts and protecting the environment are key objectives for the region. Promoting sustainable development in the Arctic to the benefit of those who live there, including indigenous peoples, is another priority for the EU. Therefore, it is essential that we continue improving our knowledge of the changes happening in the Arctic region and identifying sustainable responses. Science, innovation and strong support for multilateral cooperation underpin the EU’s approach to the Arctic.

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Simposio Internazionale “Arctic Connections”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 settembre 2019

Roma, martedì 1 ottobre 2019 dalle 9.00 alle 17.00, Sede SIOI Palazzetto Venezia, Piazza San Marco, 51. si terrà il Simposio Internazionale organizzato d’intesa con l’High North Center for Business and Governance – Nord Universitet (Bodoe, Norvegia), l’Ambasciata norvegese in Italia, il Nordland County Council e in collaborazione con il Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale. Il Simposio ha l’obiettivo di creare sinergie tra gli Stati del Consiglio Artico, i Paesi osservatori e gli stakeholders della Regione che sono invitati a trovare una strategia comune per offrire contributi innovativi allo sviluppo della Regione Artica in termini di infrastrutture, di sfruttamento sostenibile delle risorse naturali e della crescente esigenza di sicurezza che le attività antropiche sempre più intense, comportano. Anche la Blue Economy sarà al centro del dibattito, intesa come approccio di ” blue thinking” che considera l’eco-sostenibilità e le risorse rinnovabili come un ampio spettro di opportunità a beneficio della crescita sociale ed economica.
Apriranno il Simposio: il Presidente della SIOI, Franco Frattini; Margit F. Tveiten, Ambasciatore di Norvegia in Italia; Gennaro Vecchione, Direttore Generale del Dipartimento delle informazioni per la sicurezza (DIS), Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, Capo di Stato Maggiore della Marina Militare, Massimo Inguscio, Presidente del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Arne O. Holm, Special Adviser, presso l’High North Center and Redattore Capo presso l’High North News, Nord University Business School e Carmine Robustelli, inviato speciale per l’Artico, Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale.

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Arctic representatives and EU talk investment in digital at first Arctic Stakeholder Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 settembre 2018

The European Commission has welcomed some 120 representatives from the Arctic, including the indigenous peoples, to discuss how our most northern region can be developed sustainably.
Among the priorities covered: connecting the Arctic and improving its accessibility through high-speed broadband. Also EU funding for cross-border cooperation figured high on the agenda, along with sustainable investment and Arctic science.Europe’s strength lies in its diversity and inclusivity. But living in the northern periphery, it can be challenging to make your voice heard. That’s why the European Commission has invited Arctic representatives to come to Brussels and discuss their needs and policy recommendations in the first Arctic Stakeholder Conference.
Main topic of the conference was connecting the Arctic to the rest of the world, notably through broadband connection. Fast-speed internet access is essential to develop private and public services in the region, including distance education and e-health.However, rolling out such a network in remote areas requires significant investments, and while EU funding is available for Member States, it is not used to the full extent. The conference has looked at ways to improve its uptake.Investing in the Arctic economy is needed to secure long-term welfare and wellbeing of the local population. However, when thinking about the needs of future generations, we should pay equal attention to the rich cultural heritage coming from the indigenous way of life.Listening to the opinion of those who have been living there the longest is therefore a cornerstone of the EU’s Arctic policy. At the meeting, the Arctic indigenous peoples could clarify how we can strike this delicate balance and develop their native area sustainably.

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“Arctic Connections – Italy and Norway in the Arctic between cooperation and future challenges”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 settembre 2018

Roma martedì 18 settembre, Sede SIOI Palazzetto Venezia, Piazza San Marco, 51 dalle 9.30 alle 17.00, presso la sede della Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI), la conferenza “Arctic Connections: Italy and Norway in the Arctic between cooperation and future challenges.”L’evento, organizzato in collaborazione con l’High North Center for Business and Governance – Nord Universitet (Bodoe, Norvegia), l’Ambasciata norvegese in Italia e con la sponsorizzazione esclusiva di Eni spa, si pone l’intento si stimolare una riflessione sulla geopolitica, le prospettive di sviluppo sostenibile, le sfide ed i potenziali attori coinvolti nel cambiamento nella Regione Artica.Introdurranno l’incontro: il Presidente della SIOI, Franco Frattini; Margit F. Tveiten, Ambasciatore di Norvegia in Italia; Alberto Colella, Ambasciatore d’Italia in Norvegia; Massimo Inguscio, Presidente del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche e Frode Mellemvik, Direttore dell’High North Center, Nord University Business School.

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In the Arctic, remembering airship Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 luglio 2018

Gianluca CasagrandeThe European University of Rome will participate in the PolarQuest 2018 expedition The voyage is planned in July-August this year, and it will cross the area where airship ITALIA was lost in 1928 after reaching the North Pole. The expedition will be conducted onboard sailboat NANUQ (“polar bear” in Inuit), a 60-foot vessel designed by Peter Gallinelli and built by Swiss company Sailworks. NANUQ, created as part of the “Passive Igloo” project, is conceived so as to minimize environmental impact. Project Leader of the expedition is Paola Catapano, science communicator at CERN and science journalist. Technical coordination is managed by Michael Struik, engineer at CERN.
Along her journey, NANUQ will be equipped as a sailing laboratory, fitted with appropriate instrumentation. Observations and experiments will be conducted onboard. MANTANET, by ISMAR-CNR, is focused on microplastics in the Arctic ocean and it will cover 60 sampling stations along the route. POLARQUEEEST, directed by Centro Fermi Rome, in cooperation with the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics INFN and CERN, will measure the cosmic ray flow at latitudes never reached before.
Gianluca Casagrande, geography professor at the European University of Rome and Scientific Director of GREAL (Geographic Research and Application Laboratory) will take part in the expedition as the scientist in charge of project AURORA (Accessible UAVs for Research and Observation in Remote Areas). His work will include geographic and environmental observations along the Northern coasts of Svalbard.
“For our University and for GREAL – prof. Casagrande explains – participation in this expedition is very important. It will be possible to validate a series of methodologies which we have been working on for the past few years, and to do so in a most relevant geographic and environmental context. Furthermore, we will be cooperating with some important scientific institutions”.
Among the scientific activities planned for the expedition by GREAL will be the experimental mapping of a small areas of the Arctic Ocean’s floor by the use of an innovative multibeamer sonar developed by Norwegian company NORBIT. The areas designated for such test are among the less studied in the region and one of the potential locations where the wreck of lost airship ITALIA might be found. Airship N4, renamed Italia, flew from Svalbard to the North Pole in 1928 and was lost during the re-entry towards Ny Aalesund. Although 8 survivors were finally located and rescued, the wreck of the airship and other 6 crewmembers were never found over the following 90 years.
The purpose of PolarQuest 2018 underwater research is summarized by Prof. Casagrande:
“The use of this innovative sonar will enable us to obtain new data about a seafloor area which is known in its general features but at a lower level of detail. It will therefore be a real exploration, albeit of a small area. We do not know whether the wreck of the ITALIA is actually there. If this should be the case, and the remnants should be within a maximum depth of 300 meters, it could be theoretically possible to detect them. The leadership of the project has therefore decided to give this technological test a highly symbolical value. PolarQuest 2018 is the first expedition to actually search for the wreck of the ITALIA after 90 years of oblivion”.
“The probabilities of success are scarce, but this is the first targeted attempt and worth doing. At least, as a contribution to the memory of that important scientific and explorative endeavor” –said Paola Catapano, Polarquest2018 project leader.
The expedition will depart on July 21th from Isafjordur, in north-western Iceland. The first leg will be a crossing of the Greenland Sea, with a possible brief stop-over in Jan Mayen. NANUQ will then arrive in Longyearbyen, the main settlement of Svalbard, on August 1st. On August 4 it will cast off to reach the scientific base of Ny Ålesund where, on August 5, a commemoration will be held, in the presence of some descendants of the crew of ITALIA on the very spot where Nobile’s expedition departed to reach the North Pole.
On August 6th, NANUQ will then leave the base to attempt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet islands. Return to Longyearbyen is planned for August 24th. From August 26th, then, the expedition will leave Svalbard and head for continental Norway, with a final arrival at Tromsø, on September 4th.

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Warsaw iconic building is stage for call to free activists as COP19 fails to respond to climate emergency

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 novembre 2013

The Arctic Cathedral

The Arctic Cathedral (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

Warsaw. Activists today protested at the iconic Palace of Culture and Science in central Warsaw to demand immediate climate action and to free the climate defenders, known as the Arctic 30. Warsaw is currently hosting the annual UN climate negotiations, which are not delivering the urgent action people and the planet need.
Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International said:
“Typhoon Haiyan reminded the world that we must act without delay, but the governments of countries like Australia, Japan, Poland and Canada are serving their oil, nuke and coal lobbies while condemning many more around the world to suffering. The climate talks are held hostage by these lobbies while brave climate defenders like the Arctic 30 still face several years in jail for taking peaceful action to protect the Arctic from climate change.”A large banner was hung on the side of the Palace facing the National Stadium, where the COP19 talks are being held, which read: “Save the Arctic – Free our Activists”.The protest comes at a moment when the negotiations are at a deadlock. The financing needed for loss and damage, adaptation to the climate impacts and the transition towards renewable energies are not provided by rich countries. Most recently, Australia and Japan stepped back from their previous commitments. Poland and some major emerging economies are blocking a strict timetable for ambitious targets in 2014. The world`s largest emitter China has not been ready to translate its domestic policy progress into constructive engagements here in Warsaw.“This process is sorely lacking in leadership on all sides. China and the EU, if anyone, have potential to be a game-changer in these talks, but they are not capitalizing their potential. ““If governments can’t even agree on a strict timetable for increasing climate ambition and making 2014 a year of increased mitigation and financing commitments, you will see more acts of civil disobedience by ordinary citizens who are frustrated by policy leaders who simply act as puppets of their fossil fuel industries. The movement against coal and oil interests needs the courageous mobilization of people who can act as bravely as the Arctic 30 did,” added Naidoo.

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Independent research exposes who is responsible for climate change: Gazprom and Shell star

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2013


Gazprom (Photo credit: Thawt Hawthje)

Amsterdam Just five oil companies — Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and ConocoPhilips — are ultimately responsible for emissions equivalent to nearly 12.5 % of cumulative historical global industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, startling new research has shown.This new report exposes the companies that have made major contributions to the climate crisis — and the investors that fund them — and for the first time calculates their contribution to global industrial emissions of greenhouse gases and potentially identifying their measure of culpability for climate change impacts.The report comes as several leading civil society organizations walked out of the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland to protest the lack of progress in the negotiations and the failure of several governments to stand up to the fossil fuel industry. A major impediment to progress in the climate negotiations has been the failure of rich countries to provide financing to compensate vulnerable countries for damages caused by the impacts of climate change.“Fossil fuel companies plan to exploit untapped oil and coal reserves while our climate can’t handle the amount of carbon that has already been emitted. These companies must be held accountable for the damages they have caused, and their plans to send us past a point of no return must be stopped,” said Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International. “Until governments finally act, we will have no choice but to continue to intervene to prevent a climate catastrophe, acting as the Arctic 30 did against the most powerful industry on earth.”The peer-reviewed research published in Climatic Change on historic carbon emissions shows that the estimated emissions of 90 entities are equivalent to approximately 63 % of cumulative global emissions of industrial CO2 and methane (calculated as CO2 equivalents) between 1854 and 2010. [2]The 90 entities are made up of 50 investor-owned companies, 31 state-owned enterprises and nine former and current states [3]. Cumulatively, emissions estimated for investor-owned companies amount to 315 Gt CO2 e (21.7%), for state-owned enterprises to 288 Gt CO2e (19.8%) and for former and current states to 312 Gt CO2e (21.5%). Of these emissions estimated for carbon producers, half has been emitted since 1986.The largest 10 investor-owned companies contributed an estimated 229.5 Gt of CO2e, equivalent to 15.8 % of the estimated cumulative historical global emissions through 2010. The 21 U.S. based companies included in this study alone contributed an estimated 172.6 Gt CO2e (12%) of global emissions through 2010. In 2010, investor-owned companies contributed 7,628 MtCO2e or 242 tCO2e per second (equivalent to 27.3%) to the atmosphere.The results are, that the estimated emissions of those 90 entities amount to 914 Gt CO2e of cumulative world emissions of industrial CO2 and methane. The entities are comprised of 83 of the world’s largest fossil fuel entities (crude oil & NGLs, natural gas, and coal) plus cement manufacture´s emissions by 7 entities. The threshold for entities to be included in this study was set at the production of ≥8 million tonnes of carbon (MtC) in a recent year. Some entities have since been added, while others were absorbed through mergers or acquisitions.
“These findings provide a ground breaking development and a new building block in terms of potential legal outcomes to hold fossil fuel producers liable for damage caused by climate change,” said Stephen Leonard, a lawyer and the President of the Climate Justice Programme.The industry ranking was published after 28 Greenpeace International activists and two freelance journalists were detained at gunpoint by Russian security forces who seized their ship the Arctic Sunrise on September 19 after a peaceful protest at a Gazprom Arctic oil drilling platform. Taking action to demand climate protection, these 30 brave men and women have since spent the past two months in detention, charged with a crime they did not commit.St. Petersburg courts have now granted bail to 26 members of the so-called Arctic 30, 15 of whom have been released. But Australian activist Colin Russell has had his bail request denied and the Arctic 30 still face at least one serious charge that could see them spend years in a Russian prison.Gazprom, and its partner Shell, the two companies that are leading the charge to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic, ranked high on the list in the study. Gazprom ranks 5th in the top 20 investor and state-owned entities, while Shell is ranked at number six.“This evidence should be further impetus for people all over the world to follow in the footsteps of the Arctic 30 by standing up to these companies. While those brave people could spend several years in a Russian jail, the real culprits — companies like Gazprom and Shell — are free to keep polluting the planet. They’re the ones who should be held accountable and forced to stop, not the peaceful protestors who stand up to them on behalf of all of us,” said Ben Ayliffe, head of the Arctic oil campaign for Greenpeace International.

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DNV increases its Arctic focus and acquires the oil-spill preparedness company NPS

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 aprile 2012

The Arctic has large oil and gas resources and operations in this sensitive and harsh area will require efficient oil-spill preparedness solutions. “The acquisition of Norwegian Petro Services (NPS) in Norway and its recognised expertise will play an important role in our activities in this field,” says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV’s COO of the Norway, Russia and Finland division. Oil and gas operations in the Arctic introduce several new risk elements; the distances are greater, the climate is cold, it is dark for a lot of the year and there may be no infrastructure. It is important that the safety level here is at least as good as in the conventional areas. Therefore, the Arctic conditions will require improved technology and new knowledge to reduce the likelihood of an accidental oil spill. In addition, efficient oil-spill preparedness solutions that reduce the consequences of a potential accident must also be put in place.
Stein Thorbjørnsen, the general manager of NPS, established the company in 2006. “We’ve found a niche in the coastal and shoreline preparedness sector and have specialist expertise in planning and organising preparedness in addition to strategy and technology development. Our group of experts has also developed methods for analysing needs and creating user-friendly operational emergency plans. These are used by many of the Norwegian and international oil and gas operators,” he explains.“NPS will now be part of DNV and we can achieve a lot more together, including internationally where DNV is established in 100 countries. We also share the same values of quality, independence and expertise development,” says Thorbjørnsen.
DNV is a global provider of risk management services, helping customers to safely and responsibly improve their business performance. DNV is an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment. Through its network of 300 offices in 100 countries, the company serves a range of industries, with a special focus on the maritime and energy sectors, combining its technology expertise with its industry knowledge.

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