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FNI is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics and law.

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteWithin this framework the institute's research is mainly grouped around seven focal points:
   Global environmental governance and law
   Climate change
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Arctic and Russian politics
   European energy and environment
   Chinese energy and environment

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FNI publications

Latest books and peer-reviewed articles

Earth's Future Will Steffen, Reinhold Leinfelder, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin N. Waters, Mark Williams, Colin Summerhayes ,Anthony D. Barnosky, Alejandro Cearreta, Paul Crutzen, Matt Edgeworth, Erle C. Ellis, Ian J. Fairchild, Agnieszka Galuszka, Jacques Grinevald, Alan Haywood, Juliana Ivar do Sul, Catherine Jeandel, J.R. McNeill, Eric Odada, Naomi Oreskes, Andrew Revkin, Daniel de B. Richter, James Syvitski, Davor Vidas, Michael Wagreich, Scott L. Wing, Alexander P. Wolfe and H.J. Schellnhuber
Stratigraphic and Earth System Approaches in Defining the Anthropocene
Earth's Future, Vol 4, No 8, 2016, pp. 324-345.

Alejandra Torres Camprubi: Statehood under water Alejandra Torres Camprubí
Statehood Under Water: Challenges of Sea-Level Rise to the Continuity of Pacific Island States
Boston/Leiden, Brill/Nijhoff, 2016, 312 p.

Earth's Future Mark Williams, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin N. Waters, Matt Edgeworth, Carys Bennett, Anthony D. Barnosky, Erle C. Ellis, Michael A. Ellis, Alejandro Cearreta, Peter K. Haff, Juliana A. Ivar do Sul, Reinhold Leinfelder, John R. McNeill, Eric Odada, Naomi Oreskes, Andrew Revkin, Daniel deB Richter, Will Steffen, Colin Summerhayes, James P. Syvitski, Davor Vidas, Michael Wagreich, Scott L. Wing, Alexander P. Wolfe, An Zhisheng
The Anthropocene: a conspicuous stratigraphical signal of anthropogenic changes in production and consumption across the biosphere
Earth's Future, Vol 4, No 3, 2016, pp. 34-53.

Air & Space Power Journal Africa & Francophonie Steinar Andresen
The Role of International Courts and Tribunals in Global Environmental Governance
Air & Space Power Journal Africa & Francophonie, Vol 7, No 3, 2016, pp. 67-81.
Geographical Review Arild Moe and Lawson Brigham
Organization and Management Challenges of Russia's Icebreaker Fleet
Geographical Review, Published online 22.08.2016. 21 p. DOI: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2016.12209.x
Politics and Governance Steinar Andresen, Jon Birger Skjærseth, Torbjørg Jevnaker and Jørgen Wettestad
The Paris Agreement: Consequences for the EU and carbon markets?
Politics and Governance, Vol 4, No 3, 2016, pp. 188-196.
Post-CommunistEconomies James Henderson and Arild Moe
Gazprom’s LNG offensive: a demonstration of monopoly strength or impetus for Russian gas sector reform?
Post-Communist Economies, Vol 28, No 3, 2016, pp. 281-299.

Nordisk Østforum Arild Moe and Lars Rowe
Asylstrømmen fra Russland til Norge i 2015: Bevisst russisk politikk?' ('The wave of asylym seekers from Russia to Norway in 2015: A deliberate Russian policy?')
Nordisk Østforum, Vol 30, No 2, 2016, pp. 80-97. In Norwegian.
Rescuing EU Emissions Trading: The Climate Policy Flagship Jørgen Wettestad and Torbjørg Jevnaker
Rescuing EU Emissions Trading: The Climate Policy Flagship
Basingstoke (UK), Palgrave, 2016, 119 p.
Linking EU Climate and Energy Policies Jon Birger Skjærseth, Per Ove Eikeland, Lars H. Gulbrandsen and Torbjørg Jevnaker
Linking EU Climate and Energy Policies: Decision-making, Implementation and Reform
Cheltenham (UK), Edward Elgar, 2016, 265 p.

Other recent research publications

Korppoo, Anna, Max Gutbrod and Sergei Sitnikov, 'Russian Law on Climate Change'. In Cinnamon P. Carlarne, Kevin R. Gray, and Richard Tarasofsky (eds), The Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 700-723.

Moe, Arild, 'Commentary - The Impacts of Shifting World Energy Markets on Arctic Resource Development'. In Oran Young, Jong Deog Kim and Yoon Hyung Kim (eds), The Arctic in World Affairs: A North Pacific Dialogue on thec Arctic in the Wider World. Busan/Honolulu, Korea Maritime Institute/East-West Center, 2015, pp. 279-291.

Korppoo, Anna and Anton Orlov, 'Russia’s Climate Mitigation Policies: How to Get Them Implemented?', Russian Analytical Digest, No 185, 27.06.2016, pp. 5-8.

Jørgensen, Jørgen Holten, 'Den evige utopi? Gruvedrift og nasjonale interesser' ('The eternal Utopia? Mining and national interests in Svalbard'), Ottar, No 310, 2016, pp. 26-31. In Norwegian.

Loe, Julia S.P. and Elana Wilson Rowe, 'Perceptions of Petroleum-Related CSR in the Russian Arctic', Russian Analytical Digest, No 181, 06.04.2016, pp. 8-11.

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Latest commentary articles

Hansen, Harald Sakarias Brøvig, 'Verdenshavenes framtid avgjøres nå' ('The future of the high seas is decided now'), Fiskeribladet Fiskaren, 12.09.2016. In Norwegian.

Moe, Arild and Lars Rowe, 'Dette er forklaringen på den plutselige asylstrømmen fra Russland' ('This is the explanation of the sudden wave of asylum seekers across the Russian border'), Aftenposten, 23.06.2016. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Kina: Fra bremsekloss til klimapådriver?' ('China and climate: From laggard to front-runner?'). Norsk Klimastiftelse Rapport, No 4 2016, pp. 9-12. In Norwegian.

Eikeland, Per Ove, 'Kullfortellingen som tok en ny retning' ('New Direction in the Tale of Chinese Coal'). Norsk Klimastiftelse Rapport, No 4 2016, pp. 27-32. In Norwegian.

Heggelund, Gørild, 'Etablering av verdens største karbonmarked' ('The establishment of the world's largest carbon market'). Norsk Klimastiftelse Rapport, No 4 2016, pp. 53-57. In Norwegian.

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 Latest FNI News 

The Anthropocene Working GroupBrings Arctic expertise to Asia: FNI attends talks on the South China Sea conflict
 (09.09.2016) FNI director Geir Hønneland earlier this week took part in an expert seminar in Beijing where procedures for peaceful encounters at sea in the South China Sea were discussed  More >

The Anthropocene Working GroupScientists: Yes, the anthropocene is real
 (30.08.2016) Have we really entered a new geological time period, the Anthropocene? A period where the human impact on the earth is, in fact, so massive that it has created a new geological interval of time?  More >

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 FNI in the media

'Snøkrabbefiske i Svalbardsonen: – En helt ny nøtt for Norge' ('Snow crab fisheries in the Svalbard Zone: – A new dilemma for Norway'), Fiskeribladet Fiskaren, 21.09.2016. In Norwegian.

'Frykt for nytt KGB etter nyhetsmelding om Putin-planer' ('Fear of new KGB following news of Putin plans'), Dagbladet, 21.09.2016. In Norwegian.

'Vil bygge framtidens atomisbrytere som oppfyller russiske ingeniørers "teknodrøm"' ('Russia wants to build nuclear ice breakers of the future, fulfilling the "techno dream" of engineers'), Teknisk Ukeblad, 20.09.2016. In Norwegian.

'Arktischer Rat wird heute 20 Jahre alt - zahnlos ist er schon' ('The Arctic Council turns 20 today, but is already toothless'), Kleine Zeitung, 19.09.2016. In German.

'Russia announces tender for fantasy-giant icebreakers', The Independent Barents Observer, 16.09.2016.

'– I teorien kan man sitte og flikke på en artikkel i årevis' ('- In theory, one can polish an article for years'), E24, 11.09.2016. In Norwegian.

'Kina og ratifiseringen av Parisavtalen 3.9.16' ('China and its ratification of the Paris agreement'), NRK Dagsnytt atten, 06.09.2016. In Norwegian.

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