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Archive for October, 2009 :

Is the Arctic Ready To Give Up Its Treasures?
October 25th, 2009

Global warming could reveal lucrative reserves of untapped oil, gas and precious metals beneath the ice caps in the near future – but at what environmental cost?


Northwest Passage — Internal Waterway To Boost National Security
October 25th, 2009

Imagine a group of terrorists gaining access to North America by way of an increasingly ice-free and largely unpoliced Canadian Arctic. Imagine them infiltrating the Northwest Passage with ship-launched cruise missiles or weapons of mass destruction.


Artist Tows Arctic Island To England
October 25th, 2009

NowhereIsland is the winning Artists Taking the Lead project for the South West of England. As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, NowhereIsland will arrive in July 2012.


New Shipping Routes: Upside To Climate Change?
October 25th, 2009

Are the melting ice sheets over the Arctic Ocean a plus in Global Climate Change, opening new shipping routes and sea access to once ice locked ports? This week a 650 foot cruise liner with multi-million dollar condos docked near Nome, Alaska.


The Arctic and the End of the World
October 25th, 2009

‘There is no Plan B. No alternate planet to which we can collectively decamp,’ climate change presents the ultimate collective action problem, author Michael Byers says.


There’s No Place Like Nome
October 25th, 2009

The once “small and quiet community of Nome is about to see its surge of visitors, now that the shrinking sea ice is opening up new shipping routes.


World’s Climate Could Cool First, Warm Later
October 19th, 2009

Forecasts of climate change are about to go seriously out of kilter. One of the world’s top climate modelers said we could be about to enter one or even two decades during which temperatures cool.


Arctic Sea Ice Extent Third Lowest on Record: NASA
October 19th, 2009

U.S. satellite measurements show Arctic sea ice extent in 2009 — the area of the Arctic Ocean covered by floating ice — was the third lowest since satellite measurements were first made in 1979, NASA announced in a press release.


Is 350 the Right Carbon Target?
October 19th, 2009

The 350.org campaign has already made an important impact worldwide. The recent spike in official 350.org actions — now well above 2000 — suggests the number of people who support stabilising atmospheric CO2 at under 350 parts per million (ppm) has grown phenomenally in the past few months.


Greenland’s Receding Ice Reveals Its Treasure Trove
October 19th, 2009

A combination of retreating ice sheets, soaring metal prices and a drive for independence from Denmark have unleashed a rush for gold, zinc, lead and oil exploration in Greenland.


US Seeks Tougher Protections for Polar Bear
October 19th, 2009

With global warming shrinking Arctic sea ice that polar bears depend upon for survival, the United States is seeking to remove another major threat: international trade in the bears’ fur and other parts.


Conservationists Decry Exclusion Of Arctic Seal From Endangered List
October 17th, 2009

Environmentalists are up in arms over the decision of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration not to include the two types of spotted seals in Alaska in the endangered list.


Big Give-Away: Arctic Ice To Be Free in Summer
October 17th, 2009

Greenpeace have announced a big give-away, Arctic Ice will be free to anyone who wants it in summer but only for a limited time.


Global Warming on the Rocks
October 17th, 2009

Global-warming alarmists are gearing up for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December with increasingly threatening tales of pending eco-disaster.


Polar Route Opens Up Possibilities for Murmansk
October 17th, 2009

Russia’s maritime watchdog wants to encourage a northern sea route opening up between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as polar researchers reveal Arctic ice is melting faster than previously thought.


Greenpeace Protests at Arctic Coal Mine
October 15th, 2009

Last October 2nd, members of Greenpeace blocked a coal mine in the archipelago in Arctic Norway. The environmental group was protesting plans for further coal production in the deep Arctic region.


Under the Ice in the Arctic
October 15th, 2009

The US Navy conducts an ice exercise in the Arctic with its nuclear powered attack submarine. Although this is a routine “every two years” exercise, this is the first time they allowed a TV network to cover the activity.


Chasing Adventure on Top of the World
October 15th, 2009

A 64-foot, steel-hulled sailboat on a trip “Around the Americas” was expected to clear the jetties at dawn today and make its way into Charleston Harbor, bringing with them knowledge about the Arctic’s Northwest Passage, and other ocean’s condition.


Voyage of Discovery in the Northwest Passage
October 15th, 2009

In spite of forecasts about melting sea ice, scientists found more sea ice in the Arctic this summer than in the past two years, raising the question on whether global warming is occurring or not, and how this will impact planned voyages on the slowly opening Northwest Passage.


Ottawa, Inuit Near Agreement On Marine Park for E. Northwest Passage
October 14th, 2009

Canada is moving to firm up control over the disputed Northwest Passage by designating the waters of its eastern entrance a national marine conservation area.


Melting Ice May Change World Shipping
October 14th, 2009

Global warming could pave the way for a boom in commercial shipping across the eastern Arctic.


Give the Northwest Passage ‘Canadian’ Name
October 14th, 2009

Canada’s lawmakers want to give the Northwest Passage a Canadian name.


Arctic Land, Seas Account for Up to 25 Percent of World’s Carbon Sink
October 14th, 2009

A new study shows that the Arctic has the potential to alter Earth’s climate.


Arctic Ice Cap To Disappear in 20-30 Years: Study
October 14th, 2009

The Arctic ice cap will disappear completely in summer months within 20 to 30 years, a polar research team said as they presented findings from an expedition led by adventurer Pen Hadow.


Murky Waters and a Creaky Law
October 13th, 2009

Conflict continues over Nova Scotia’s inadequate Treasure Trove law between treasure hunters and those who would prefer that sunken ships be left alone.


NW Passage Should be Canadian Waters
October 10th, 2009

Allowing the NW Passage to be treated as an unregulated ‘international’ waterway poses a grave environmental and security risk.


12 Meter Sailboat Traverses NW Passage
October 10th, 2009

A trio of adventurers completed a four-month journey which took them through the treacherous waters of the Northwest Passage.


CO2 Levels at 15 Million Year High
October 10th, 2009

According to new data, you would have to go back at least 15 million years to find carbon dioxide levels on Earth as high as they are today.


2010 Arctic Expedition Space Available
October 5th, 2009

Space is now being booked for the 2010/2011 Arctic expeditions.


NATO Warns of Arctic Conflict
October 5th, 2009

Competition for resources in the Arctic Circle could provoke conflict between Russia and NATO.


An Overlooked Arctic Menace?
October 3rd, 2009

A supposed concerned citizen writes lawmakers urging them to prevent piracy from happening in the Arctic.


New Phenomenon: Traffic Jam in the Arctic
October 1st, 2009

Baffin Island traffic jams — a once unimaginable phenomenon — are sparking serious debate in Iqaluit, the fast-growing capital of Nunavut.


Inuit’s Role in Directing Arctic Shipping Highlighted
October 1st, 2009

The leader of Canada’s 50,000 Inuit says the country should strengthen its claims to the disputed Northwest Passage by creating a joint Inuit-federal “authority” to oversee ship traffic in the Arctic sea route.


Global Impact of Climate Change in the Arctic
October 1st, 2009

If all the glaciers in the world melts, which is already starting to happen, it would raise sea level by about three-quarters of a meter. The snow-covered ice reflects much of solar radiation while bare ground absorbs it, thereby perpetuating global warming.


Hunters To Revolt Over Government’s Polar Bear Quotas
October 1st, 2009

Consensus on a reduction to the polar bear quota in the Baffin Bay proposed by the Nunavut Government appeared unattainable as researchers and hunters disagreed. The hunters threatened to completely ignore the quotas if they see any cut to their quota.


Student To Help Save Polar Bears
October 1st, 2009

A Hopkins High School junior is headed to the Arctic Circle to help save the polar bears after being chosen by the sponsoring nonprofit organization, Polar Bears International.


Potential for Conflict in a Melting Arctic
October 1st, 2009

The planet’s rising temperature is slowly uncovering the Arctic’s long hidden wealth, like a would-be bride that’s about to lift her veils. Big countries such as the U.S. Russia, Canada, and other Nordic countries are now on their heels to grab the opportunity.



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