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Russia And Norway Reach Artic Agreement – After 40 Years

The frontiers at the bottom of the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean have long been a source of contention between Moscow and Oslo for many years. Now, after some 40 years of negotiations, Norway and Russia have reached agreement over their undersea borders in the high north.

“This is an historic day. We have reached a breakthrough in the most important outstanding issue between Norway and the Russian Federation.”

Jens Stoltenberg


The two nations announced they had reached an accord on late Tuesday as the leaders of Norway and the Russian Federation signed a joint declaration bringing an end to the struggle over the extent of their Arctic territory, the EUobserver reports.

“This is an historic day. We have reached a breakthrough in the most important outstanding issue between Norway and the Russian Federation,” Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says.

The borders defining the nationality at the bottom of the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean have long been a source of contention between Moscow and Oslo.

In 2007, a Russian submarine famously planted a flag on the Arctic sea floor underneath the North Pole, while the Norwegian coast guard has regularly detained Russian fishing boats.

The flag stunt, mounted by State Duma deputy and polar explorer Artur Chilingarov, at the time seemed to herald a “race for the Arctic.”

The EU for its part in 2008 published a security analysis highlighting the boundary disputes at the pole, arguing that the bloc should boost its civil and military capacities to respond to “serious security risks” resulting from catastrophic climate change.

“I believe this will open the way for many joint projects, especially in the area of energy,” Russian President Dmitri Medvedev told reporters after the meetings in Oslo yesterday.

The agreement will see a maritime delimitation line that divides a disputed area of some 175,000 square kilometres of the Arctic shelf in two parts of roughly the same size. The document also provides for fisheries and oil and gas co-operation, with language on work together to manage marine life.

Crucially, there are a series of detailed rules and procedures governing how oil and gas deposits that cross the border should be apportioned.

Negotiations have completed, but some further technical work must still be done before a final treaty is signed, at which point, this will have to be approved by the two nations’ parliaments.

“Agreement on the maritime delimitation line opens up new prospects for cooperation in the north on resources, trade and industry, employment opportunities and people-to-people co-operation across our common border,” Mr Stoltenberg says.

Source: EUobserver.com

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"Mini Ice Age" Underway?

The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists. Their predictions, based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans,  challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in summer by 2013.

‘This isn’t just a blip. We can expect colder winters for quite a while. Perhaps we will see talk of an ice age again by the early 2030’s”

Anastasios Tsonis

(Article in English)

According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado, Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007 – and even the most committed global warming activists do not dispute this, David Rose writes in a post published by the British Daily Mail, monday.

“The scientists’ predictions also undermine the standard climate computer models, which assert that the warming of the Earth since 1900 has been driven solely by man-made greenhouse gas emissions and will continue as long as carbon dioxide levels rise.”


Mr.Rose writes: Last week, as Britain froze, Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband maintained in a parliamentary answer that the science of global warming was ‘settled’. Among the most prominent of the scientists is Professor Mojib Latif, a leading member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has been pushing the issue of man-made global warming on to the international political agenda since it was formed 22 years ago.

Prof Latif, who leads a research team at the renowned Leibniz Institute at Germany’s Kiel University, has developed new methods for measuring ocean temperatures 3,000ft beneath the surface, where the cooling and warming cycles start.

He and his colleagues predicted the new cooling trend in a paper published in 2008 and warned of it again at an IPCC conference in Geneva last September.

Last night he told The Mail on Sunday: ‘A significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these cycles – perhaps as much as 50 per cent.

‘They have now gone into reverse, so winters like this one will become much more likely. Summers will also probably be cooler, and all this may well last two decades or longer.

‘The extreme retreats that we have seen in glaciers and sea ice will come to a halt. For the time being, global warming has paused, and there may well be some cooling.”

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