What a great news! Received the invitation from Moki Kokoris (90-north.com), who shared her latest endeavour with all of us.

“Together with my team of fellow Explorers Club members Stefan Kindberg, Milbry Polk and Will Roseman, I am delighted – not to mention thoroughly excited – to extend to you this formal invitation to the first ever Polar Film Festival that will be held at The Explorers Club in New York City on November 30th through December 2nd, 2012. I do hope you’ll join me to what we trust will become an annual event!” she said.

The Explorers Club's 1st Polar Film Festival in New York City

The Explorers Club’s 1st Polar Film Festival in New York City

Featured films at The Explorers Club's 1st Polar Film Festival in NYC

Featured films at The Explorers Club’s 1st Polar Film Festival in NYC

The Explorers Club – 46 E 70th Street, NYC
November 30 – December 2, 2012

The Explorers Club enthusiastically invites you to its inaugural Polar Film Festival – to celebrate Antarctica Day (anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty on December 1st, 1959) and showcase a diverse collection of feature films, documentaries and shorts that focus on the Arctic and Antarctica. The films explore the history and grandeur of Earth’s polar regions as well as the environmental challenges they and the people who live and work there are facing.

In the long tradition of The Explorers Club, you will have the opportunity to rub elbows with polar explorers, filmmakers and special guests who will share their stories and imagery as we honor their passions and spotlight their life’s work.

“Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.”
~Robert Redford, President and Founder of the Sundance Film Festival

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A whale being dragged onto the shore in Greenland. One of “The Stolen Moments” from the new photo exhibit in Moscow, Russia.  Photo by Galya Morrell.

A whale being dragged onto the shore in Greenland. One of “The Stolen Moments” from the new photo exhibit in Moscow, Russia. Photo by Galya Morrell.

The photos follow a sailing trip of over 4,000 kilometers in an open boat. Photo by Galya Morrell. From The Stolen Moments Photo Exhibition in Moscow, Russia.

The photos follow a sailing trip of over 4,000 kilometers in an open boat. Photo by Galya Morrell.

Hooray! The photo exhibition “The Stolen Moments,” that features a recent brave motor boat journey to the Ultimate North of Greenland – Avannaa Expedition, takes place in Moscow, Russia.

Yes, that’s the very Arctic expedition we dedicated the last posts!

The Moscow Times gives a great insight into the photo exhibition open at the Qiwi Group building on Petrovsky Pereulok.

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Expedition Avannaa (www.avannaa.org). Three men and one woman travel 4000 km in a small open boat “the Greenlandic way” – the hard way.

Their route takes them Kullorsuaq, Savissivik, Qaannaaq, Siorapaluk and then further North through Avanersuaq – the land that is invisible to most of the people. No matter what happens with them on the way they will obey to the laws of the ancestors: wander, accept and adapt.

They observe and film rock and soil, earth and ice, water and sky, wind and currents, wildflowers and ancient lichens, polar bears and arctic butterflies, foxes and ravens, people, walruses and phytoplankton that too has to adopt to abrupt changes, often with little success.

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Avannaa Expedition is happening right now. It is a Greenlandic reconnaissance fact-finding boat expedition. Explorers, including Ole Jorgen Hammeken (Uummannaq Polar Institute) and Galya Morrell (Uummannaw Music Project), are boating from the Heart of the Arctic, Uummannaq, towards Siorapaluk, Etah, and further North.

On August 1st, received a message from Galya:

“We got in the storm and the boat was damaged – here is a very quick account of our trip. The weather forecast for the day was excellent, yet…. everything changed in a mili second we are fine now.”

“We are stranded on a little island – while repairing the boat.”

In the attachement, I found the following photographs. Enjoy and join brave Arctic explorers at the expedition website www.avannaa.org.

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The Economist: The vanishing north. What the melting Arctic means for trade, energy and the environment

The Economist: The vanishing north. What the melting Arctic means for trade, energy and the environment. 14-page special report. June 16th-22nd 2012.

Looks like a must read this week.

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arctic methane sea ice

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This photo was taken by Eric Kort, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska, USA, on May 21st, 2012.

“These cracks in sea ice reveal a surprising and potentially important source of methane: the Arctic Ocean,” states Sarah Simpson.

Methane’s ability to exacerbate global warming means that realistic climate projections depend on understanding all of its sources. Arctic ecologists have known for years that huge reservoirs of methane are frozen in permafrost soils, and strong evidence has revealed the gas escaping into the atmosphere from thawing permafrost and bubbling Arctic lakes. A recent study documented hundreds of thousands of methane seeps under glaciers in Alaska and Greenland.

Learn more about this nature phenomenon on Discovery News.

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They made it! For the fifth time!

Yesterday, April 25, 2012, the Russian teen team led by Arctic adventurers Dmitry and Matvey Shparo (Adventure Club) reached the North Pole by skiing from the Barneo drifting ice base.

I am happy about this event, as one of the North Pole skiing expedition participant is from Yakutia, precisely from the Bulunsky region located in the Polar Circle in North Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

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Galya Morrell has shared the link to the video “CLIP” summarizing the new initiative of Uummannaq Polar Institute named CLIP (“Cleaner Life Ice Project“).

It is UPI’s contribution to the Earth Day – a day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year on April 22nd.

Learn more about the CLIP project at the Uummannaq Music/Uummannaq Polar Institute website with detailed description of the happening:

http://uummannaqmusic.com/2012/04/clip/

Happy Earth Day, my friends!

Captain of the Yacht Peter I

Captain of the Yacht Peter I

Sailing Neva river

Sailing Neva river

Are you still thinking that the streets of Russian cities are full of dancing bears with balalaikas, and the men drink vodka, sitting under the Christmas trees? Well you are almost right.

To see the proof with your own eyes make sure to visit the most northerly in the world regatta “Adventure Race 80 degrees”. A real Russian safari is waiting for you: polar bears and rough sailors, ancient villages and churches of the Russian North, ice and land, that have almost never been touched by human hands. But most importantly – the extreme race in the highest latitudes.

You’ve probably heard about the record-breaking voyage of the Russian yacht “Peter I”. (more…)

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Siberian villagest are the coldest places in the world now! Woo hoo!

Siberian villages are the coldest places in the world now! Woo hoo!

The only website that gives the full answer to the question, “Which places are the coldest on the Earth now?” is Ogimet.com. Check it!

Currently, the world’s coldest place is Oymyakon (also known as Ojmjakon) in East Yakutia, Siberia / Russia). It’s -46.9C now.

Other top coldest places on the Earth belong to Yakutian (Siberian) villages:

2. Segen-Kyuel’, -46.4 °C
3. Tompo, -44.4 °C
4. Batamaj, -43.7 °C
5. Ust’- Moma, -43.1 °C
6. Curapca, -43.0 °C
7. Verhojansk, -42.9 °C

Do you know what? This winter will be coldest in Yakutia (East Siberia/Russia) definitely, as such lowest temperatures are usual for this region. Cold winter weather dwells in Siberia as well as in Yakutsk, that’s becoming to be recognized as the coldest city in the world.

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