Salt on the move in the permafrost

Researchers at Skoltech wanted to understand more about the effect of pressure and temperature on salt distribution in permafrost that contains hydrates and permafrost that doesn’t. Existing research does not model salt diffusion and transportation in permafrost thawing. They simulated experiments reproducing the degrading permafrost in laboratory conditions by changing the temperature and pressure whilst… Read More Salt on the move in the permafrost

Biting back at humans with climate change

A human disease called dirofilariasis caused by parasitic mosquitoes has been affected by the warmer climate in Russia,  expanding north and east, currently 58° N  (Kondrashin et al., 2022) in both European and Asian Russia. Researchers developed a map using data from the Russian Meteorological office between 1937 and 2016. The data shows long term average… Read More Biting back at humans with climate change

Eco efficiency adds up in Russian regions

Researchers found eco efficiency grew between 1998 and 2017 except some northern and Siberian regions with lower populations, less technology and investmental potential. They noticed GDP growth with eco efficiency provides a sustainable development model. They used data from RosStat (Russia’s national statistics service). They calculated efficiency using data envelopment analysis (DEA). To assess the… Read More Eco efficiency adds up in Russian regions

Growing in and out of their shells in Kamchatka

The recent Benthic survey shows recovery for echinoderms and shelled molluscs in Vilyuchinskaya Bay, April 2022, following the 2020 toxic single-celled algae destroying the marine environment in Avacha Bay. Kamchatka researchers in the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, KSTU and divers from Kamchatka RGS completed “Monitoring of qualitative and quantitative indicators… Read More Growing in and out of their shells in Kamchatka

How to stop drilling holes through indigenous rights in the Russian Arctic

Liobov Sulayandziga discusses the issues between indigenous people of the Russian Arctic and extractive industries. She looks at the authentic communities in four Arctic regions: Komi Republic, Sakhalin, Sakha Republic and Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area She concludes that indigenous opinions are often ignored in areas where resource extraction is prioritized. The communities receive significant opposition from… Read More How to stop drilling holes through indigenous rights in the Russian Arctic

Idols and rabbits in the Urals – designing Arctic ecotourism

Researchers from Ural State University of Architecture and Art proposed an innovative approach for developing tourism in Russian Arctic destinations where holidaymakers commonly avoid travelling. Tough climate, remoteness and non-existing hospitality services make it a challenge to tempt any tourist. Attracted by wilderness, endangered fauna, melting icebergs and glaciers, vanishing indigenous cultures, endangered mega-fauna has… Read More Idols and rabbits in the Urals – designing Arctic ecotourism

Nothing goes to waste: sustainable practices of re-use among indigenous groups in the Russian North

Do the main inventions in current environmental sustainability practices always come from the metropolitan research centres? Could they also be of ‘non-Western’ origin? To answer and challenge these questions, Siragusa and Arzyutov explored waste practices among two indigenous communities in the Russian North – Nenets and Veps as part of ethnographic fieldwork since 2009. They highlight… Read More Nothing goes to waste: sustainable practices of re-use among indigenous groups in the Russian North