Friday, September 20, 2019
Norway doubts the Northern Sea Route’s route’s economic feasibility and plans to check its compliance with environmental standards, Norway’s top diplomat Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide told Izvestia in an interview published Monday.  Soreide said she has no idea how Russia would be able to ensure the safety of shipping in Arctic waters...
A recent deadly explosion at a military testing site in northwestern Russia hasn’t posed any radiation threat, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, without specifying the circumstances of the mysterious incident, the Associated Press reports.  Putin emphasized that neighboring nations haven’t recorded any spike in radioactivity. “These are the objective...
The city of Norilsk in Russia’s Arctic, home of mining and metals giant Norilsk Nickel, has the highest sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions in the world, satellite data from U.S. space agency NASA shows, according to Reuters.  Environmental group Greenpeace India used the U.S. space authority’s satellites to track anthropogenic sulphur...
German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions is supplying a new coal handling system to the State Transport Leasing Company (STLC) in Russia, Mining Magazine reports.  The system will be the centerpiece of a new terminal for coal exports in the Port of Lavna near Murmansk, on the western shore of Kola...
Nearly 200,000 more Russians died than were born in the first half of this year, the worst figure since 2008, data published by the Russian Federal State Statistics Service shows, according to Nezavisimaya Gazeta. In January-June 2019, some 719,700 people were born in Russia, 8% fewer than in the same...
Russia is considering a full ban on lumber exports to its largest trade partner, China, if Beijing fails to deal with illegal logging, the country’s minister of Natural Resources and Environment has warned in an interview with Vedomosti. “China should have a clear understanding that if it fails to engage...
Russia’s Transport Ministry is considering a proposal by the State Duma’s Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship to restrict the operation of transport vehicles that have hit their service life limit, TASS reported on Wednesday citing a ministry official. "Proposals have been received, they are under consideration," the...
A Russian cruise ship docked for repairs on the Volga River has burned down near Nizhny Novgorod, Radio Liberty reported on Tuesday.  According to local media, the three-deck Holy Russia cruise ship was under repair near Bon, a town on the Volga River.  The ship was not functional since 2018,...
The air will be 20% cleaner in 12 Russian industrial cities as a result of the implementation of the ecology national project. This was announced on Saturday by the Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kobylkin at a meeting with participants of the North-Caucasian...
As Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom is preparing to launch the world’s first floating nuclear plant in the Arctic Ocean, activists warn that the project is risky and could turn to “Chernobyl on ice”, Euronews writes.  The ship, Akademik Lomonosov plant, is anchored in Murmansk, a Russian town only 200km...