Polar Prince

Polar Prince - a multi-purpose ship orginally built as a class 100A medium-duty icebreaker

The Polar Prince is a multi-purpose ship orginally built in 1959 as a class 100A medium-duty icebreaker for service in the Canadian Arctic as the Sir Humphrey Gilbert. She was completely rebuilt in the 1980s and promptly retired and sold for scrap. The ship was purchased by a Newfoundland company and mostly sat idle until it was sold to an investor and then modernized in 2009. In 2010 the Polar Prince was sold to GX Technology Canada, LTD (division of Ion) in Calgary, Alberta and finally put back to work in the Arctic. This site is maintained to honor Canada's current and former ice-breakers and to help keep the pubic informed about Arctic issues.

Arctic News

Cosmic Rays Continue to Intensify
February 24th, 2016

The Earth is being exposed to increasingly high levels of cosmic radiation. At the same time, our planet’s magnetic field is weakening. The combination of a weaker and shifting magnetic field with higher cosmic radiation is one potential driver of climate change.

Do Onion Farmers Hate the Arctic?
September 2nd, 2015

The National Onion Association is promoting oil & gas drilling in the Arctic, why?

America Now Has the Power to Curtail Arctic Oil
April 27th, 2015

Now that the U.S. has the chairmanship of the multi-nation Arctic Council, it could use its influence to stop oil drilling in the Arctic.

Polar Bears Unlikely to Thrive on Land-based Foods
April 3rd, 2015

While some polar bears may be sometimes eating terrestrial foods such as berries, birds and eggs, the meager diet can’t replace the seals they usually eat.

Polar Bears Shifting to Areas with More Sea Ice – Genetic Study Reveals
January 10th, 2015

Some polar bears are moving North in response to climate change.

New Portal Champions Climate Action
December 13th, 2014

Peru has launched a new web site to spotlight the rapidly growing momentum by cities, subnational regions and companies on climate change.

Champions of Change Wanted for Climate Education
December 11th, 2014

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is looking for Champions of Change in Climate Education & Literacy.

$12.2M Fine for Drilling Company in Alaska
December 10th, 2014

A drilling company has been charged with environmental and maritime crimes for pollution in Alaska.

Polar Bears Declining Rapidly in Beafort Sea
November 17th, 2014

In a new polar bear study published today, scientists from the United States and Canada found that during the first decade of the 21st century, the number of polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea experienced a sharp decline of approximately 40 percent. The scientists, led by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, found that survival of adult … Continue reading Polar Bears Declining Rapidly in Beafort Sea

Better Understanding of Arctic Icebergs
September 11th, 2014

The newly discovered scours support the hypothesis about the thick sea ice that was primarily responsible for fresh water export carrying volumes from the Arctic to North Atlantic.

New Paper on Life Under Antarctic Ice
September 6th, 2014

A team of U.S researchers made a breakthrough expedition in West Antarctic finding life and an active ecosystem one-half mile below the surface proving that Antarctica is not a dead continent.

Snow Has Thinned on Arctic Sea
September 3rd, 2014

Thinner snow means earlier melting of ice in the springtime and has big effect for animals and low-light microscopic plants.

Did a Freak Iceberg Sink the Titanic?
September 3rd, 2014

When the Titanic sunk in 1912 there were more heavy icebergs pushed farther south.

Climate Change Imperils Antarctic Seals
July 24th, 2014

Climate change is already causing the decline of the Antarctic fur seal.

UK to Build New Polar Research Ship
April 30th, 2014

The Brits will fund a new polar research ship to give UK scientists greater access to the North and South poles.

Canada Expands Tar Sands Insanity
July 13th, 2013

Despite the madness of converting boreal forests into leaking toxic sludge ponds, the government of Canada has approved a massive expansion of the devastation into some of the most important eco-systems in North America.

Light Absorption Speeding Arctic Ice Melt
January 1st, 2013

The record-setting disappearance of Arctic sea ice this fall was an indication to many climate scientists and ice experts that the pace of climate change was outstripping predictions.

Are polar ice sheets shrinking? Report offers definitive answer at last
December 16th, 2012

Numerous studies in recent years have offered different – and sometimes conflicting – views about ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.

Antarctic ‘Lost World’ To Be Explored
December 10th, 2012

Final checks are under way in Antarctica before the launch of a daring attempt to investigate an ancient lake beneath the ice-sheet.

Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss
December 2nd, 2012

Antarctica and Greenland are rapidly losing their ice sheets because of climate change, says a comprehensive review.

Arctic Sea Ice Larger than US Melted this Year
November 28th, 2012

An area of Arctic sea ice bigger than the United States melted this year, according the UN weather agency, which said the dramatic decline illustrates that climate change is happening “before our eyes.”

Arctic Thaw Raises Stakes in Global struggle to Cut Carbon
November 28th, 2012

The massive release of methane and other gases from the Arctic will make it tougher to meet human greenhouse gas cuts, but the scale of the problem will still be determined by how much fossil fuel is burned by humans over coming decades, scientists say.

Google Street View Maps Ski Slopes, Expands in Arctic
November 28th, 2012

Want to enjoy a winter wonderland this holiday season, but don’t care to step outside into the chilly temperatures? Do some armchair vacationing in the Canadian Arctic, one of the newest stops for Google’s Street View.

Rosneft and Statoil Sign Declaration on Russian Arctic Shelf Environmental Protection
November 24th, 2012

Acknowledging that the Arctic environment consists of ecosystems with unique features and resources, and as such, require special protective measures, Rosneft has taken the initiative for a Declaration on environmental protection in the Arctic to be signed with its partners.

New Russian Arctic Route to Connect Europe to Asia-Pacific?
November 24th, 2012

As the melting of Arctic sea ice broke records this summer, Russia’s arctic revival plan moved a step forward.

Satellites Reveal Why Antarctic Sea Ice Grows as Arctic Melts
November 19th, 2012

US military satellite data exposes complexity of climate change and impact of changing wind patterns on polar regions.

The Innovation Challenge in the North
November 19th, 2012

Proximity is obviously not an advantage that the North enjoys. The region also, in Canada, lacks universities and population density.

Arctic Policy a Model for Resolving South China Sea Dispute?
November 19th, 2012

The geopolitical conflicts in the Arctic get more and more attention when climate change is discussed in the public sphere.

Canada Concerned Over Russian Suspension of Arctic Aboriginal Group
November 19th, 2012

Canada’s term as head of the Arctic Council could get interesting before it even begins after Russia shut down a group that represents its northern aboriginals at international meetings.

Climate Scientist Links Arctic Melting to U.S. Weather Fluctuations
November 19th, 2012

Climate scientists avoid blaming any single weather event like Sandy on global warming. But many say that climate change may well have played an important role in Sandy’s destruction, as well as other recent extreme weather events.

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