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Russia to Dismantle Icebreaker Arktika

By Charles Digges 2018-04-02 18:54:52

Russia’s nuclear icebreaker fleet has announced it will dismantle one of its star players, the Soviet-era behemoth the Arktika, a record-setting vessel against which all other icebreaker achievements have been measured since the ship took to water in 1975. The...

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The Akademik Lomonosov puts in for further construction at the Baltic Shipyard. (Photo: Baltiisky Zavod).

Rosatom Offering Floating Nuclear Power to Sudan

By Charles Digges 2018-03-24 19:54:39

Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom, in an apparent effort to expand its portfolio of deals abroad, has said it will build a floating nuclear power plant for Sudan, the troubled central African country, which by many accounts is still in...

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Radiation Levels Around Sunken Russian Submarine Declared Safe

By Charles Digges 2018-02-04 18:39:37

A new report published by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority has said that radiation levels near a Russian nuclear submarine that sank in the Barents Sea in 2003 with 800 kilograms of uranium in its reactors isn’t putting out dangerous...

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A Peek at Norway’s Environmental Hypocrisy

By Charles Digges 2018-01-29 18:01:10

Norway’s coalition government handed down a four year reprieve on oil drilling in the Lofoten Islands, but hedged that with defeat by awarding a record 74 oil drilling leases – nearly all of them in vulnerable areas – in its...

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Russia Announces Plans for Space-Age Icebreakers

By Charles Digges 2018-01-03 07:53:45

Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s colorful deputy prime minister, has again made headlines by claiming the country will build a series of advanced nuclear icebreakers that have long been considered a mere fantasy. Speaking to Tass, the official state newswire, before the...

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Rosatom to Take Over Arctic Development

By Charles Digges 2017-11-18 22:05:21

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin wants to turn infrastructure development for the Northern Sea Route – Russia’s fabled east-west passage through the Arctic to Asia – over to state nuclear corporation Rosatom, according to reports in the Kommersant business daily. The...

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K-159

Russia's Sunken Subs to Stay for Another Three Years

By Charles Digges 2017-10-30 02:25:24

Russian officials have again raised the possibility of retrieving tons of nuclear trash from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean – only to confess just as quickly that they don’t have the money to do it. Discussions of what to...

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E.U. Vote on Arctic Oil Drilling Sparks "Icy" Debate

By Charles Digges 2017-03-17 18:15:08

The European Parliament rejected a total ban on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic on Thursday, but endorsed a pushback against exploration in the region’s “icy” waters. Lawmakers voted 414-180 to reject the non-binding motion calling for the European...

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