The construction of the Northern Latitudinal Passage is expected to be completed in 2027.

"The total cost of the project is currently estimated at about 0.5 trillion rubles, construction is expected to be completed in 2027," the report said following a meeting in Salekhard led by Russian Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov.

According to the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Control and Regulations Olga Savastyanova, the Northern Latitudinal Passage will connect the Northern Railway with the Northern Sea Route through the port of Sabetta. This will improve logistics and open up new markets for companies that are considering investing in projects for the development of mineral deposits located in Komi.

The Northern Latitudinal Passage is a 707 km long railway project that will connect the Northern and Sverdlovsk Railways and will make it possible to export cargo from new deposits in the northern regions of the Yamal Peninsula. The projected volume of transportation by the USC will amount to 23.9 million tons of cargo per year, the bulk of which will be, in particular, transportation of gas condensate. The project will also speed up the transportation of container cargo.

Russia's first laboratory of Earth cryology and geotechnical safety is starting work in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YANAO), the press service of the governor of the region reports.

"Four scientists from Tyumen and Novosibirsk arrived in Yamal. They will study permafrost on the basis of the country's first laboratory of Earth cryology and geotechnical safety. It was opened in the district on the basis of the Scientific Center for the Study of the Arctic on the initiative of the Governor of Yamal Dmitry Artyukhov. The laboratory's activities will contribute to improving the level of industrial and environmental safety, reducing economic losses and damage to the capital facilities fund of the district," the report says. The authorities specify that this is the first such laboratory in the country.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the importance of the topic. He instructed to work out a system of regular surveys of buildings and structures in the northern regions of the country, where the melting of permafrost is recorded.
Now there are seven specialists in the laboratory staff. The department was headed by Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Anatoly Shuvaev. He is a co-author of more than 30 federal and regional regulatory documents on the construction, design and maintenance of transport facilities in Siberia, has been cooperating with the district for more than 40 years. Specialists will soon take soil samples at several capital construction sites in Salekhard and Novy Urengoy, the Salekhard - Nadym highway, sections of the Purovsk - Korotchaevo highway, the press service notes.

Scientists of the Scientific Center for the Study of the Arctic have been observing permafrost changes under capital construction buildings in the capital of the district for three years. Thermometric wells with a monitoring system are installed under two apartment buildings, a sports complex and an art school. This makes it possible to assess the bearing capacity of soils.

In June, employees drilled ten wells for background monitoring of frozen rocks in the vicinity of the cities of Salekhard, Labytnangi and Novy Urengoy. This will allow us to assess the current state and make forecasts of changes in the state of frozen rocks due to climate warming. The results of the research will form the basis of recommendations for the development of territorial building codes. The creation of a laboratory in Yamal solves the tasks of the national project "Science", the message clarifies.

The Greenland government has announced a ban on oil exploration in the vast Arctic territory. The decision was made in the interests of fishing and to focus the economy on the real potential of the autonomous territory.

"This is a logical step, since the government takes the climate crisis seriously. This decision was also made in the interests of our nature, in the interests of our fisheries and to focus our economy on real potential," said Greenland's Minister of Natural Resources Naai Nathanielsen.

It is reported that the main offshore exploration campaign conducted by the Scottish company Cairn Energy in 2010-2011 did not lead to discoveries, and two oil strategies that previous governments have presented since 2014 failed to attract companies.

In April 2021, parliamentary elections were held in Greenland, in which the opposition left-wing party Inuit Atakatigiit received the majority of mandates. In accordance with the pre-election promise, the Government is currently consulting on a bill banning uranium exploration and production in Greenland. The island of Greenland, 80% of which is covered with ice, has significant natural resources – oil, gas, gold, diamonds, uranium, zinc and lead, but the development of natural resources is fraught with significant difficulties, including due to poorly developed infrastructure and numerous bureaucratic obstacles.

Rosatom State Corporation and the Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Center LLC signed a cooperation agreement on Friday to conduct pilot activities for integrated research and monitoring of surface and underwater environmental safety in the waters of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, the Communications Department of Rosatom State Corporation reported.

The agreement was signed in St. Petersburg as part of the Arctic Day.

"We must look at coastal and transit Arctic shipping, the port infrastructure of the NSR at the stage of its construction and operation through the prism of environmental safety. Any of our actions in the Arctic must initially undergo a serious environmental assessment," the Communications department quotes the words of Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Corporation.

He noted that the development of a preliminary program for conducting a regular assessment of the environmental consequences of anthropogenic impact on the environment of the Arctic zone during the operation of the Northern Sea Route (NSR), including nuclear energy facilities, corresponds to the objectives of the implementation of the Arctic Zone Development Strategy of the Russian Federation.

"In the coming year, an international group of experts will be formed and will begin work to develop a set of monitoring and environmental measures taking into account the best world practices, launch an effective mechanism for assessing information on the environmental impact of the operation of the NSR and Scabs at the international, federal, regional and local levels.

The US President's Special Envoy on Climate Issues, John Kerry, expressed hope that the US and Russia will work closely on the climate agenda in the Arctic.
"According to my assessment, Russia's concern about the environmental situation in the Arctic is quite real and has a long-term character... I hope that we will work very, very closely with the leadership of Russia, because Russia is currently chairing the Arctic Council," Kerry said in an interview.

He recalled that he chaired the Arctic Council when he was US Secretary of State. According to him, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was an excellent partner in helping to try to do something about the Arctic: on black carbon, on electricity emissions, on fishing, on minerals.

John Kerry paid a visit to the Russian Federation from July 12 to 15, where he held talks on climate issues with Russian officials, in particular, with President Vladimir Putin - by phone, and with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation on climate issues Ruslan Edelgeriev - during meetings.