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The Arctic is getting closer. In any case, for 14 Moscow schoolchildren who are preparing to go to the North pole as part of the 11th Great Arctic expedition. On the eve of the start, seven of them - boys and girls aged 16-17 years - crossed the wormwood in the Big Stroginsky Zaton. So passed the final stage of preparation of the detachment "pole" before the conquest of the Arctic ice on skis.

This body of water, of course, is not the Arctic ocean, and the April air temperature in Moscow is higher than in the Arctic. The length of the hole - only about 10 meters, and the depth here - no more than 2 meters. However, this training allows the children to work out the skills of overcoming obstacles on the water, to hone the technique of swimming, as well as psychologically prepare for the first step in the icy ocean - the chances of meeting on the route of wormwood are great.

A bright wetsuit is worn right over the winter outfit. Swim on your back it is not very convenient - you can easily roll over. But this suit provides insulation and protects against possible damage. In addition, it is very light - so as not to add weight to the already heavy clothes.

All members of the expedition have been carefully selected. Michael Abalain is one of those who checked their hand in the conditions close to the Arctic. The lad was 100 km on skis through the snow Karelia - after such tests, any pole on the shoulder. "My main fear is that I will not meet a polar bear. I really want to see him," - said Misha.

The permanent leader of youth expeditions to the Arctic is the famous traveler Matvey Shparo. He is convinced that young men and women who are preparing for the launch can be compared to astronauts.

- After all, the Arctic is the near space. It is the nature which is unambiguously hostile to the person. She was opposed to open 100-200 years ago, the same thing now remained. Blizzard - as it was, and is, a frost a minus thirty, minus forty was, and is. Crazy winds, crazy hummocks. I think that the guys will face the same difficulties that Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen met. But due to the fact that they are together, due to the fact that they will be close to enough experienced leaders, everything should go well.

Matvey Shparo is the son of the famous polar Explorer Dmitry Shparo, whose expedition was the first in the world to reach the North pole on skis back in 1979. The family tradition continues, and 40 years later the daughter of Matvey Shparo Katya is going to the Arctic. Girl she has dreamed about polar snows with early childhood. According to her, physical difficulties frighten a little: the main thing - psychological spirit and support of the team. Answering the question, which of the historical figures should be guided by young people, Katya highlights the pioneers of Antarctica Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev, as well as cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. "We, of course, will not be the first, but still - to the North pole reach units," she said.

Students will go to conquer the glaciers on April 10. In parallel with the group "the pole" will run another expedition and research. The guys from the detachment "Barneo" will put experiments on the drifting station, measure the sunshine and the temperature of the Arctic ocean, and then share their discoveries in schools.


 

Source: https://rg.ru/2019/04/05/arktika-eto-blizhnij-kosmos-shkolniki-gotoviatsia-pokoriat-severnyj-polius-video.html

Participants of the historical and local lore expedition of the Arctic center on Friday went on the way of Russian polar pioneers Vasily Pronchishchev, Khariton Laptev, who participated in the great Northern expedition of the middle of the XVIII century. The length of the route along the Northern Land will be about 1.5 thousand km, the President of the center Vladimir Chukov told TASS.

The great Northern expedition was organized on the initiative of Emperor Peter I in 1725, the actual start of its preparation was given by decree of Empress Anna Ioannovna in 1731. The objective of the expedition was mapping the coast of the state.

"The expedition route starts from the Lena river Delta near the village of Tiksi. This is a circular route with access to the lower reaches of the river, with a visit to the village of Ust-Olenek, where the grave of the Russian Arctic Explorer Pronchishchev, then return to Tiksi. One of our tasks is to follow the path of groups of Russian polar pioneers Vasily Pronchishchev, Khariton Laptev, who participated in the great Northern expedition of 1733-1742," Chukov said.

According to him, the expedition involved 18 people, including employees of the Tula state University, who were engaged in the preparation of all-terrain vehicles "Toros-M" to ensure their work in the Arctic. "We will move on two all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles there are two teams of sled dogs, skiing. It all depends on the conditions for movement on a particular section of the road", - said the President of the center.

The total length of the route will be about 1.5 thousand km, the expedition is planned to be completed on April 26. Chukov said that the preparation began in December 2018, initially considered three routes - on the way of the expedition Ushakov and Urvantsev in 1930, on the island of Bolshevik, where in 1913 the expedition of Vilkitsky, as well as places associated with the great Northern expedition.

Expedition center "Arctic" was established in 1992 on the basis of scientific and sports expedition, engaged in the preparation and conduct of travel. The founders are the Moscow center of the Russian geographical society (RGO) and the Association of Russian polar explorers. The center cooperates with EMERCOM of Russia, Institute of Oceanology of RAS, polar research Foundation and other organizations.


 

Source: https://tass.ru/nauka/6274948

Specialists of the technical Committee of Rosstandart "research In the polar regions" have prepared projects of more than 20 state standards to improve the safety of work in the Arctic zone. The Committee expects that they will be adopted this year — - said TASS head of the Committee Nikita Kuprikov.

"These are the standards that define the requirements for the infrastructure of polar stations, for fire safety, for information signs to be used in the Arctic, for the processes that are carried out by our organizations and scientists during the research. The standards have already been developed, now there are public discussions, we hope that they will be adopted in 2019," Nikita Kuprikov said.

He noted that the rigidity of the requirements and recommendations increases the safety of human activities in the Arctic, previously there were no such standards. In particular, among the planned norms are environmental requirements for polar research, requirements for the safety of tourist groups in the Arctic, for the operation of aircraft in the Far North. Also, the innovations will affect the requirements for training specialists to work in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.

"Requirements for specialized training of people working in polar conditions have been developed. This standard will prescribe recommendations for educational institutions that train such personnel, will indicate the competencies that a person working in the polar region should have," the head of the Committee explained.

He noted that the staff of the research center "polar initiative" plans to begin work on the preparation of specialized professional standards for certain Arctic specialties.


 

Source: https://sever-press.ru/2019/03/10/k-arktike-osobye-trebovanija-dlja-povyshenija-bezopasnosti-planirujut-prinjat-gosstandarty/

Environmentalists made a sensational statement: because of the toxic substances buried in the Arctic seas, all the fish in the region may die, says poplawok.ru ahhh!

65 tons of mercury, which sank near the island of Fedier together with the German submarine U-864, are of great danger. The boat was torpedoed by the British submarine Venturer at the time when it was heading to Japan.

There are 1,857 containers of toxic metal in the sunken submarine. They have already lost their tightness, and every year about 4 kilograms of mercury gets into the sea. According to some, along with a mercury U-864 was carrying uranium oxide.

35 thousand tons of German chemical weapons buried near Liepaja and Bornholm island are no less serious and, perhaps, more dangerous.  It was flooded in 1947. There are 14 varieties of toxic substances.

These are only two examples of 17,000 hazardous objects buried in the Arctic. According to scientists in Russia and Norway, they may one day destroy the Arctic sea. How to protect yourself from this is not clear to anyone.


 

Source: https://www.pravda.ru/news/science/1406532-arctic/

The main theme of the V international Arctic forum " Arctic-the territory of dialogue "will sound like" the Arctic. Ocean of possibilities". The business program will be based on three tracks: "Coastal areas", "Open ocean" and "Sustainable development". This decision was made at a meeting of the working group on the business program of the organizing Committee for the preparation and holding of the forum under the chairmanship of Advisor to the President Anton Kobyakov. The meeting was attended by representatives of agencies and institutions involved in the organization of the event and the formation of its business program. About it reports a press-service of Recongress.

The Central event will be a plenary session with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

"The program of the international Arctic forum in 2019 will cover the full range of areas of development of the Arctic regions. Experts invited to participate in the sessions and discussions of the Forum will pay attention to both the current state of Affairs and the immediate prospects for the use of these territories for the development of industry, energy, construction, shipping, tourism, education, research and other industries. I am convinced that the topics raised in the framework of this international discussion platform will give impetus to the further development of the Arctic and the full use of the enormous opportunities that this region provides," said Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov.

At the same time, assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Igor Levitin presented information on the need to invite representatives of government authorities and business circles of India to participate in the forum to discuss the development of trade and economic relations on an international scale within the framework of the project for the development of the international transport corridor "North-South".

In addition, Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the development of the Far East Alexander Krutikov took part in the meeting of the working group. "At the international Arctic forum in St. Petersburg, a new system of preferences for companies investing in projects in the Arctic region will be presented," he stressed.

At the same time, special attention was paid to the proposal of the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Arthur Chilingarov to hold a special session "dialogue of researchers" on international cooperation in the field of scientific research of the Arctic on the sidelines of the international Arctic forum. The event will bring together leading Russian and foreign experts and scientists working in this direction.

"The concept presented today is a well-developed basis for the formation of a comprehensive business program that will allow to establish new constructive contacts with the international community. In the days of the Forum we organize a scientific expedition "Transarctica-19" on the R / V "Akademik tryoshnikov". The forum will also present the annual scientific expedition "North pole – 41", which will begin in September 2020. It will be attended by 23 research institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation and other departments and will be implemented more than 60 fundamental and applied research projects", – said during the meeting of the working group Arthur Chilingarov.

It also became known that the Forum will host a meeting of the working group "development of industry and technology" of the state Commission for the development of the Arctic under the chairmanship of the Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov.

In parallel, the President of the United shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Alexei Rakhmanov said that the Arctic is a zone of special attention for Russia and USC as the flagship of the domestic shipbuilding. "The Corporation and its enterprises traditionally participate in the forum"Arctic – the territory of dialogue". Today, in the year of the 60th anniversary of the nuclear icebreaker fleet, the Forum for us is not only an opportunity for business dialogue, but also a platform for drawing attention to key aspects of the development of the shipbuilding industry in Russia," he said at a meeting of the working group.

In addition, at the suggestion of the Directorate of the Northern sea route on April 7 and 8, 2019, within the framework of the Forum program, an off-site event "Prospects for the development of the Northern sea route" will be organized on Board the nuclear icebreaker "50 years of Victory" in the real navigation conditions in the Oka Bay of the Kara sea.

It is expected that the final draft of the Forum program with proposals on the staff of moderators and speakers will be prepared before February 15, 2019.

The fifth international Arctic forum "Arctic-territory of dialogue" will be held in St. Petersburg on April 9 and 10, 2019.

The international Arctic forum "Arctic-the territory of dialogue" is one of the key platforms for discussing the problems and prospects of the Arctic region at the world level. The forum is designed to unite the efforts of the international community to ensure the effective development of the Arctic and improve the living standards of the population of the Arctic territories.

For the first time the forum "Arctic – territory of dialogue" was held in 2010 and was devoted to the modern problems of the Arctic region. The second forum was held in 2011 and touched upon the formation of the Arctic transport system, in 2013, among the main topics of the event were the issues of environmental safety, and in 2017 the forum was devoted to the theme "Man in the Arctic".

As General partners of the International Arctic forum – 2019 will act strategically important for the development of the Arctic region the company: OOO "UK VOSTOKOVA", State Corporation "Rosatom", JSC "Gazprom", PJSC "NOVATEK".

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Fund Recongress established in 2007 to promote the development of economic potential and strengthening the image of Russia through the organization and holding of the international, Congress, exhibition and social events.

The Foundation forms their content, provides consulting, information and expert support to companies and organizations, as well as comprehensively studies, analyzes and covers issues of the Russian and global economic agenda. The Fund provides administration and promotes business projects and attracts investments, including through public-private partnerships.

Currently, the annual program of the Fund includes events from Montevideo to Vladivostok, which allows to gather on one site world business leaders, experts, media, government representatives, to create the best conditions for discussion and promotion of new ideas and projects, as well as to assist in the formation of social entrepreneurship and charitable projects.


 

Source: http://portnews.ru/news/271636/

Officially, the Arctic countries agreed to keep the Arctic zone free from geopolitical tensions, the Danish newspaper reminds. However, the region is rich in raw materials and has an invaluable strategic importance in terms of security policy. In addition, other countries have claims to the Arctic. Danish experts are alarmed, first of all, by China's investments in Greenland.

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