April 8, 2014

Russia has drafted a program for colonization of the moon, and plans to send the first expeditions to build a permanent lunar base in 2030, the Russian Izvestia daily said Thursday, citing an official document.

"The moon is a space object for the future exploration by terrestrial civilization, and a geopolitical competition for the Moon's natural resources may begin in the 21st century," said a report on a potential lunar program prepared by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Roscosmos space agency and Moscow State University.

April 11, 2014

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called three strategic tasks facing Russia in development of outer space, ‘the expansion of our presence in low Earth orbit and the transition from exploration to development of them; developing near-moon space and the Moon; Moon settlement; preparation and beginning of the Mars exploration and other objects in the solar system."

April 5, 2014

Trade Group Rules Against China in Rare Earths Dispute. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against China in a trade dispute over rare earth elements (REE) as well as tungsten and molybdenum, the group announced on 26 March. The European Union, Japan, and the United States brought trade cases against China in March 2012 concerning alleged unfair export restraints on the materials (see Eos, 93(13), 134–135, doi:10.1029/2012EO130002).

April 5, 2014

Now in Russia 10 areas are already recognized as World Natural Heritage sites and are protected by UNESCO World Heritage status.

April 4, 2014

Residents from 13 different villages in the Izhma district of the Komi region (the Russian Federation) gathered at a public meeting to discuss recent environmental problems caused by Lukoil, the primary oil company operating in this subarctic area. The result of the meeting was sensational for Russia: they unanimously voted for a resolution demanding that the Lukoil-Komi Company should leave the district.

April 3, 2014

Climate change has increased the prevalence of cruise tourism throughout Greenland, Norway, Alaska and Canada because of decreasing sea ice extent,” says the IPCC climate change report released on Monday.

April 2, 2014

Reuters reports – A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of Chile on Tuesday, leading to five deaths and triggering a tsunami that pounded the country's northern coast with 2-meter-tall waves. Officials said the dead included people who were crushed by collapsing walls or were killed by heart attacks. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was shallow at 12.5 miles below the seabed and struck about 100 km northwest of the mining port of Iquique near the Peruvian border.

March 31, 2014

First Circular of 35th International Geological Congress was published, that will be scheduled for August 27 – September 4, 2016 in Cape Town (South Africa). The Geological Congress is one of the world’s oldest scientific conferences, and the premier event of the earth science calendar, providing the forum for ample debate on all significant advances in the earth sciences.

March 24, 2014

Today, on the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, Greenpeace climbers scaled an ExxonMobil rig destined to drill in the Russian Arctic. The activists are calling for a ban on offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and for renewed efforts to fight climate change. Fourteen activists from seven different countries took part in the protest in Norway, where five of them scaled the West Alpha oilrig and unfurled a banner saying: “No Exxon Valdez in Russian Arctic”. They protest against ExxonMobil´s plans of drilling in the Arctic.

March 22, 2014

Using GIS technology Greenpeace Russia has revealed that the Russian Federal Agency on Subsoil Use (Rosnedra) has systematically issued licenses for oil and gas exploration and production overlapping with federally protected areas - in direct contradiction to Federal law.