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Barents ‘hot spots’

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Other topics for the week of February 27-March 5 include
Miners meet at PDAC
- Iditarod
Polar Bear Day
- Future of Arctic Entrepreneurship symposium
- Nunavut Legislative Assembly

In 2005, the four Barents countries (Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden) agreed to work together to clean up all environmental ‘hot spots’ in the Russian part of the region. Five years later, 42 had been identified. So far, six have been ‘excluded’ from the list (that is to say cleaned up).

On March 3, representatives from the Barents Euro-Arctic Council will gather in Murmansk to decide whether another six are ready to be taken off. 

Cleaning up hot spots involves things like environmental modernisation of the pulp and paper industry and municipal wastewater treatment plants.

Some towns have converted heating systems from fuel oil or coal to natural gas. Underpinning the whole process is the continued co-operation of the countries involved.