July 15, 2013

French President Francois Hollande ruled out the possibility of shale gas recovery in the country for as long as he holds power. This is reported by The Financial Times.

July 14, 2013

Bremerhaven, Germany: The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) and its partners say the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has a landmark opportunity to protect the Antarctic`s Southern Ocean this week.  CCAMLR members will decide the fate of two key proposals for Antarctic marine protection, either of which would create the world’s largest marine protected rea (MPA) if designated.

July 13, 2013

NASA's plan to retrieve a tiny asteroid as a steppingstone for astronauts on the way to Mars in the 2030s could be just the exciting project that the space agency needs to garner public support in these severe budgetary times, speakers at a workshop held yesterday in Washington, D.C., said. But many of them warned that NASA's headlong plunge into the project could spell disaster, literal or budgetary.

July 12, 2013

For the first time Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation Sergey Donskoy announced official oil and hydrocarbons reserves in the Russian Federation publicly. "At the beginning of July 2013 the Government of the Russian Federation approved the Regulation # 569, which excluded hydrocarbons from the list of strategic mineral resources, details of which had been classified before.  Thus, today we can speak openly about resources held by the our country.

July 11, 2013

We tend to view earthquakes as unpredictable phenomena caused by naturally shifting stresses in Earth's crust. In reality, however, a range of human activity can also induce earthquakes. William L. Ellsworth of the U.S. Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis (CERI) has established a recent dramatic increase in seismicity in the midwestern United States may be related to increases in deep wastewater injection.

July 10, 2013

Russia has established a 25-year-old record for oil production. According to Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Central Dispatching Department of Fuel Energy Complex” (CDU TEK), an acknowledged leader in a field of informative forwarding of the Russian Federation fuel and energy complex activity, by the end of June, oil production in Russia amounted 10.53 million barrels per day, a record since 1988. Thus, Russia has overtaken the oil production capacity of Saudi Arabia, which extracts 9.47 million barrels per day. According to CDU TEK, thanks to two factors the record was available.

July 4, 2013

The International Association for Geoethics - IAGETH   affiliation to the  International Union of Geological Sciences - IUGS has been finally approved. IAGETH appears in the IUGS website of affiliate organizations. Geoethical section of the Russian Geological Society as a national branch is part of the IAGETH since its inception on 34 International Geological Congress (August 6, 2012).

July 3, 2013

Prepared by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation “Statue of permits for activities in Antarctica” was approved by the Government of the Russian Federation. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed the appropriate regulation June 27, 2013. Simultaneously “A procedure for reviewing an applications and issuance of authorizations for activities in Antarctica” which had been approved by the Government of the Russian Federation December 11, 1998 was terminated.

June 30, 2013

The International Conference "Geosites of Russia: the conservation and recreation potential" took place at A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI) from 27 to 29 June 2013 in St. Petersburg. The main aims of the conference were  to discuss the strategy of conservation and efficient use of Russian geosites, proposals for the geosites use on a regional  geological exploration of the territory of the Russian Federation, grounds for attraction of investments in geological tourism.

June 24, 2013

Delegation of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation participates in the 37th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC), currently held in the city of Phnom Penh (Kingdom of Cambodia). As part of the WHC work on June 18-19, 2013 there was the discussion held regarding the state of preservation of five Russian natural properties, included into the World Heritage List of UNESCO: "Western Caucasus", "Lake Baikal", "Virgin Komi Forests," "Golden Mountains of Altai" and "Kamchatka Volcanoes".