Arctic navigation redefines shipping routes creating new opportunities and risks for ships. In this regard, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim is visiting Ilulissat, on 25-29 August, to participate in a high-level roundtable on Arctic shipping. This is the first ever visit to Greenland by an IMO Secretary-General.
The Icelandic Competition Authority has today approved exemption for the cooperation between Eimskip and Royal Arctic Line A/S, the national carrier of Greenland. The cooperation is subject to certain conditions made by the Icelandic Competition Authority.
As climate change melts Greenland’s glaciers and deposits more river sediment on its shores, researchers identified an unexpected economic opportunity for the Arctic nation. Namely, exporting excess sand and gravel abroad, where raw materials for infrastructure are in high demand. This solution was developed by scientists from CU Boulder, the University of Copenhagen, Arizona State University and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Sisimiut has become the first Greenlandic town to launch its own Community Specific Guidelines. The guidelines inform tourists on how to be thoughtful visitors. The guidelines were created by the local business association Destination Arctic Circle with support from AECO and funding from NORA.
Greenland’s Minister for Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture hosted a Signature Ceremony for an international fisheries agreement to prevent unregulated high seas fisheries in Central Arctic Ocean. Parties have taken responsibility to engage in scientific cooperation for a sustainable fishery management in the area.
A huge iceberg has come dangerously close to the village Innaarsuit in Greenland. As local media reported, a partial evacuation is taking place in case the iceberg splits. As of now, the iceberg has not moved. Despite fact that locals are used to icebergs, the say that they have never seen anything like this.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has stated that its Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) project is revealing new details about thinning of the Greenland polar icecap. In particular, OMG observations have been depicted in two new research papers in order to document how meltwater and ocean currents are interacting along Greenland’s west coast and to improve seafloor maps used to predict future melting and subsequent sea level rise.
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