In the Kara sea there is an island in the form of an anteater. Its territory is densely filled with fragments of machine parts and rusty barrels of fuel, which remained after the first wave of development of the Arctic territories of 1960-1970. Vilkitsky island was the next point on the map a great journey, and turned into a dump when supplied by the state objectives were met. The organization "Green Arctic" for the second year conducts expeditions to clean up the island of debris with the participation of volunteers from different countries.

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



The BBC presented the television documentary Blue Planet II (Blue planet II), which showed both the breathtaking beauty of the Northern seas and the global threats they face.

Now global attention is focused on the oceans of our planet. The shock of some of the world's most isolated and untouched environments choking on pollution, particularly plastic, highlighted the need for global transformative action.

The world economic conference "ocean Action Agenda" is one of the practical examples of high-level global cooperation. In order for this initiative to maximize its potential, special attention should be paid to the Arctic marine environment.

While our planet has five oceans - the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and southern (Antarctic) - it is the Arctic ocean that is most vulnerable to climate change. In fact, these changes are happening before our eyes; we have already lost more than half of the Arctic summer sea ice.

There are four reasons why the Arctic ocean is different from other oceans and is critical to the survival of our planet.

First, while this relatively small (by ocean standards) marine environment accounts for only 1% of the world's oceans and only 3% of the world's oceans, its impact on the global climate system is disproportionately large.

Second, although small in area, it receives more than 10% of the world's river flow, and 20 of the 100 longest rivers in the world flow into it.

Third, the Arctic marine domain occupies about a third of the world's coastline.

And fourthly, the Arctic ocean contains a quarter of the world's continental shelf, which is of great social and environmental importance.

In all respects, the small Arctic ocean is kept in the top on the world stage.

It is different from other oceans and is a major factor in the global ocean pipeline. For example, the Gulf stream and the North Atlantic current are strictly regulated by the processes taking place in the Arctic. The Arctic ocean is far away to many of us, but its influence is felt everywhere.

The processes taking place in the Arctic play a vital role in connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic. The legendary Northwest passage is not just a destination for explorers and commercial ships; the Arctic is an Oceanographic chain that links and influences other marine regions and the global climate system.

Changes in global temperature have had a highly visible impact on the Arctic ocean. In the last two decades alone, summer sea ice coverage in the Arctic ocean has decreased by about seven million square kilometres to just over 3 million square kilometres. This loss represents almost the total area of all countries in the world.

Ocean waters are becoming more acidic, and oxygen concentrations have fallen by almost 8% in the last 50 years alone.



2017 is declared the year of ecology in the Russian Federation. the purpose of this decision of the country’s highest-level leaders is to draw attention to the ecological
issues, and in general to improve not only environmental security of the country but also to create a positive dynamics of preserving the ecological balance on the planet.

The key decisions of the year are the adaptation of the best environmental technologies, improvement of the regional environmental indicators, improvement of the waste
management system, protection of the Baikal natural territory, preservation of water, forest and land resources, development of the preserved area system.

Among the primary tasks is the preservation of arctic nature. the arctic is one of the planet’s most fragile ecosystems. a number of researchers argue that the average long-term temperature over the arctic Circle increases faster than in other regions in the world. the climate is getting warmer. it could lead not only to extinction of many species of flora and fauna adapted to existing temperature but also serious cataclysms in all regions of the planet.

The international expert Council on Cooperation in the arctic also takes an active part in the conservation of the ecology of the Polar regions. thus you are holding the third issue of the arctic review, our official publication. the theme of this issue is the arctic ecology.

despite its youth our magazine has already become a reputable publication among experts that enable the authors to convey their own positions and views on the most pressing issues of the international agenda of interaction and cooperation in the arctic to a wide audience.

We believe that our efforts will be rewarded and international cooperation in the arctic will be strengthened including by our efforts. Good luck!

Employees of the Central Military District (CIC) have begun to eliminate the consequences of environmental damage in the Arctic zone. On this RIA Novosti said the commander of the troops of the district, Colonel-General Vladimir Zarudnitsky.

It is supposed that at preservation of modern rates of thawing of underwater permafrost there can be a strong emission of methane.

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