One week into the new year we can clearly say that the chaos and unrest from 2020 is not over, not by far. Much of it is down to out-going president of the United States, Donald Trump, and his administration.
Only two weeks prior to leaving office at the White House, the Trump administration continues its controversial auctioning of drilling rights on the North Slope in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
Earlier this week, Twitter caught fire after a series of retrospective tweets from Mike Pompeo, who looked back at his term as US Secretary of State with a series of highlights that by many were considered the low points.
In addition, the US Navy managed to list China as an Arctic state in a press release about its new Arctic strategy. A sentence that was later corrected rather quietly.
Elizabeth Buchanan at the Australian War College predicts an impressive development in Russia when it comes to the country’s Arctic region.
The rich suffer horribly
So, just one week into the new year it is already packed with news and the announcing of plans. However, a retrospective look is also required, and our Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm is crystal clear as ever in his first Friday commentary of 2021:
Arctic on clay
In Norway, a small town outside Oslo had to face the new year in deep grief. Ten persons lost their lives in a quick clay landslide just before New Year’s Eve, three of whom are still missing. Large parts of the Arctic are located on clay, and a scientist High North News has interviewed points out that thorough mapping efforts are needed before new constructions and developments in areas that may contain quick clay.
As for business, we can report that mining agreements are signed in Canada and in Norway, Rana Gruber has started moving on its road towards becoming the world’s first fully emission-free iron ore mine.
The pandemic continues raging with renewed strength after the Christmas holidays. However, given that vaccination has started in the Arctic too, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
This and more you can find at High North News during the first week of 2021.
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Our best regards for the new year!
News Editor, High North News