Norwegian wind farms violate rights of Sámi reindeer herders, says court

Norway’s top court has ruled that two wind farms in the country’s west have violated the rights of Sámi reindeer herders. Wind turbines on Norway’s Fosen peninsula have illegally encroached on the herders grazing land, the court ruled. Judges at the Norwegian Supreme Court declared that the license for wind power development at Fosen was,…

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Harrison Ford highlighted the role of indigenous communities in protecting nature

The world’s biggest biodiversity summit since the start of the pandemic has opened in the French port city of Marseille with a warning from Emmanuel Macron that “there is no vaccine for a sick planet”. Speaking at the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the president echoed warnings from leading scientists that humanity must solve ongoing crises…

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The first indigenous rights defender was recognized as a «private person — foreign agent» in Russia

The Russian Ministry of Justice recognized Stepan Petrov, a chair of the non-governmental human rights organization «Yakutia — Our Opinion,» as a foreign agent, TASS reports. Stepan Petrov was included into the list of the «foreign agents» personally as a private person along with several prominent Russian journalists: the chief editor of the «Important stories»…

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Norwegian Oil Fund’s new eco standards add pressure on Arctic extractors

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, also called the Oil Fund, is stepping up its attention to the environment. A new expectation document on biodiversity and ecosystems warns companies that environmental protection will be instrumental for the Fund’s future investments. The document calls on companies to assess their direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity and…

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D. Berezhkov. A fundamental gap in the understanding of reality between Norilsk Nickel and indigenous peoples

For the Norilsk Nickel leadership, indigenous peoples are legal objects — “consumers” (according to Elena Shumilova) — those with whom it is necessary to «to struggle for» (according toSvetlana Ivchenko) the «free, prior and informed consent,” and even then, only because some unknown international standards require it.  It’s like with small children in kindergarten. Yes, sometimes you have to…

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Russian firm Nornickel’s support programme for indigenous people is quickly becoming a model for other mining companies to follow

Russian mineral giant Nornickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-quality nickel and a major producer of platinum, cobalt and copper, has announced plans to allocate an additional 100 million roubles (1.15 million euros) to support indigenous people living across the Taimyr Peninsula in the Russian Arctic. The new funding was announced by Nikolay…

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Karelian petroglyphs listed as World Heritage Site

Artur Parfenchikov, the head of the Republic of Karelia, has just announced that the petroglyphs of Lake Onega and the White Sea have acquired the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The petroglyphs received the UNESCO World Heritage Site status on July 28th at the 44th UNESCO World Heritage Committee session chaired by China. During the…

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Arctic Council — Arctic Peoples

Engaging Indigenous Peoples and local communities Indigenous Peoples have lived in the Arctic for centuries. They have learned to adapt to a changing environment over time, and thus hold a fundamental knowledge base of the lands and waters of their homelands. The Arctic Council and its Working Groups acknowledge that the inclusion of traditional knowledge…

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The Contours of India’s Arctic Policy

he Arctic has recently assumed considerable strategic significance as it has been underlined by the policies of major powers. The interests and concerns of the Arctic states are vast and varied. India, being an observer in the Arctic Council, has legitimate interests in the region and has created its own Arctic policy. India’s Arctic policy,…

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For use in electric cars and thermonuclear weapons, Rosatom plans for lithium mining on the Kola Peninsula

The world’s hunger for lithium-ion batteries is sky-rocketing as the car industry rapidly changes from combustion engines to electric powertrains. A carbon-free future will additionally require huge amounts of batteries to store wind and solar power on the grid. Data collected by Bloomberg shows how demand for lithium-ion batteries will surge from roughly 526 gigawatt hours in…

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Russia, the United States, and Churning Arctic Geopolitics | The Arctic Institute

Examining Arctic geopolitics within the framework of big power rivalry, it is plausible to say, as a Carnegie Endowment paper underlined, that Moscow’s ambitious programs in the Arctic amount to a renewal of its Cold War posture, which was “centred around long-standing missions of protecting the sanctuaries of its ballistic missile submarine fleet and operations…

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Tesla & BHP strike major deal in race for ‘sustainable nickel’

For Tesla, the deal makes a lot of sense, as it provides the company with a secure supply of sustainable nickel, primarily in a form that is well suited to dissolution and conversion to nickel sulphate, whilst largely avoiding the additional transport costs associated with sulphate, which contains about one fifth the nickel content of…

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China, Russia, Syria concerned over Australia’s human rights record

China is deeply concerned about Australia’s serious human rights violations, a Chinese diplomat said Thursday at the 47th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council.  Speaking at a meeting to adopt the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome of Australia, Jiang Duan, minister of the Chinese Mission to the UN in Geneva, said that…

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The Hoax That Nuclear Power Is Green

(This is a MUST-SEE, if only for former NRC Chairman Gregory Jaszko’s statement!!!!! Dr. Mark Jacobsen gives facts about the much higher carbon emissions from nuclear than from wind and solar.) More On «The Hoax That Nuclear Power Is Green» «This ‘Enviro Close-Up with Karl Grossman’ demolishes the hoax that nuclear power is green. The…

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Putin’s new historical interest: Russians and Ukrainians

The law caused a storm of indignation in Russia. The country’s delegation lodged a protest with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), human rights ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova said the law violated the rights of Russian speakers and called on the United Nations and the Council of Europe to intervene. The Russian Orthodox…

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