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Archive for February, 2010 :

Arctic Promise Tempered by Market Realities
February 28th, 2010

The Arctic may contain 22% of the world’s remaining oil and gas reserves, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).


Ottawa Asserts Sovereignty in Arctic with Shipping Rules
February 28th, 2010

More traffic expected in future. Larger ships and those carrying dangerous goods will have to register.


Polar Bear Is a ‘New’ Species
February 28th, 2010

Polar bears may have come into existence only 150,000 years ago, when trapped brown bears had to adapt to an ice age.


NATO Forces To Train in Arctic Norway
February 28th, 2010

NATO personnel from Great Britain and Germany will be training in Porsanger, Finnmark County, this winter until March 18, 2010.


Warm Winters Distress Reindeer Herders
February 28th, 2010

In a billowing cloud of white, Russia’s Arctic herders drive thousands of panting and wild-eyed reindeer through the knee-deep snow to the first slaughter this year.


Suspected Hijacker of Arctic Sea Ship Makes Appeal on Cruel Treatment
February 28th, 2010

One of the alleged hijackers of the Arctic Sea cargo vessel is seeking protection through Europe’s human rights court for inhumane treatment after detainment in August 2009.


‘Roald Amundsen – Lost In The Arctic’ Documentary Debuts
February 28th, 2010

Kongsberg Maritime’s Hugin AUV is featured in an intriguing new documentary, which investigates the disappearance of Roald Amundsen and his ‘Latham 47’ sea-plane in the Barents Sea during a rescue mission in 1928.


Bangor Scientist Explores CO2 in Arctic Ice
February 28th, 2010

A Bangor University scientist is taking part in a study in the Arctic Sea to look into how ice affects the movement of carbon dioxide between sea and air.


British Polar Explorer Hadow Takes On Arctic Ocean Trek
February 28th, 2010

British polar explorer Pen Hadow on Thursday unveiled his latest challenge, leading a team of scientists to investigate rising acid levels in the Arctic Ocean that threaten marine life.


Opening the Arctic – a Source of Competition and Conflict
February 28th, 2010

The Canadian government has already announced plans to construct a deepwater port near the waterway’s eastern gate, at Nanisivik on northern Baffin Island.


E.U. Body Sees Strategic Reasons to Encourage Iceland
February 26th, 2010

Eyeing a new, strategically important gateway to the Arctic, the European Union’s executive body on Wednesday encouraged Iceland’s application to become a member despite disputes over liabilities from a failed Icelandic bank.


New research: Forbears of Today’s Inuit Sought Trade
February 26th, 2010

Did the first Inuit migrate to Nunavut chasing metal? The probable migration route of Inuit from Alaska to Greenland, is part of Robert McGhee’s paper, “When and why did the Inuit move to the Eastern Arctic?”


Seeking the Passage: Folly, Not Fortune in Futile Search
February 26th, 2010

As long as there are places left to discover on earth, there will be explorers eager to put life and limb on the line in order to get there first.


Synology DiskStations Help Research Team in the High Arctic’s Critical Data on Climate Change
February 26th, 2010

Synology America Corp. today released a new case study from CANDAC, the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change.


Migration to New World May Have Come Through High Arctic
February 25th, 2010

A new theory proposing an Arctic migration to the New World at least 10,000 years earlier than generally believed could vindicate Canadian archeologists’ contention that the Yukon’s Bluefish Caves hold evidence of human habitation from 25,000 years ago.


Trek to Gauge Carbon’s Impact on Arctic Sealife
February 25th, 2010

Two teams of explorers and scientists are on their way to the Arctic for the first international project to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in water beneath the ice.


Top Scientists to Discuss Global Changes at Arctic Conference
February 25th, 2010

The Conference will discuss latest research on the changing climate in the Arctic.


Aberdeen Man Set for Arctic Expedition
February 25th, 2010

An Aberdeen man is gearing up for his latest polar expedition to help scientists assess the future of the Arctic ice cap.


Linking the Arctic with Fibre Optic
February 25th, 2010

A phenomenon known as “sun transit,” that lasts for less than 20 minutes per day, creates scratchy connections nuisance to satellite phone and internet feeds. But that may change with ArcticLink, a proposed 16,000-km fibre-optic cable through the Northwest Passage.


Arctic Satellite Feeds Suffer Sun Transit Outages
February 25th, 2010

Sun transit interruptions occur when the sun crosses the equator and aligns behind a satellite, overwhelming satellite signals with thermal energy.


Arctic Survey Bid Hits Snag Over Franklin Ships
February 24th, 2010

An Alberta archeological firm’s proposal to test survey equipment in an Arctic waterway has hit a roadblock over concerns about the long-lost ships of Sir John Franklin.


U.S. To Push for Deepwater Sea Port in Alaska
February 24th, 2010

In a further sign of the ongoing transformation of the melting Arctic into a new strategic base for military and commercial activity, U.S. lawmakers are pushing for the construction of a deepwater sea port in Alaska near the western entrance to the disputed Northwest Passage.


Norway Welcomes Oil Explorers To The Arctic
February 24th, 2010

The Norwegian Government last week announced that it will open up huge new areas in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea for oil and gas exploration.


No Race for Arctic Resources, Expert Says
February 24th, 2010

An Arctic thaw among Cold War foes means there will be no foreseeable major conflict over seabed resources, says a leading Arctic scholar.


Missing ‘Ice Arches’ Contributed To 2007 Arctic Ice Loss
February 24th, 2010

A new NASA-led study has found that the record loss of thick, multi-year Arctic sea ice in 2007 was due in part to the absence of “ice arches,” naturally-forming, curved ice structures that span the openings between two land points. These arches block sea ice from being pushed by winds or currents through narrow passages and out of the Arctic basin.


Finding Hope In Canada’s Arctic With the Help of a Circus
February 24th, 2010

In response to this widespread despair among the young in Igloolik, several young people created a circus troupe called Artcirq that blends modern circus activities with traditional Inuit culture.


Thoughts On Breeding of Cold Air Masses in the Arctic
February 23rd, 2010

Milt has posted incisive questions relating to the breeding and transport of arctic air masses for both Eurasia and North America.


Inuit Group Blasts Cannon Over Summit
February 23rd, 2010

Canada’s national Inuit organization says it’s unacceptable for Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon to exclude indigenous groups from an upcoming Arctic summit, even though Cannon has offered to consult them in advance.


Finland’s Policy for The Arctic
February 23rd, 2010

The Finnish Parliament has required that guidelines concerning Finland’s policy for the Arctic region be drawn up.


The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Last Living People Documented
February 23rd, 2010

Vice has a fascinating 5-part documentary on Heimo Korth, “the Omega Man of America’s Final Frontier.” The first two parts are up now, the rest will be posted throughout the week.


Iceland Upset by Arctic Summit Snub
February 16th, 2010

Iceland has joined Inuit leaders in expressing displeasure over Canada’s decision to host a March meeting on Arctic sovereignty in Quebec without input from participants of the multinational Arctic Council.


Harper’s Legacy May Lie in Arctic
February 16th, 2010

What of Stephen Harper? What is his legacy likely to be? A two-point cut in the GST? Uniting the right?


In April, Arctic Man Becomes One of Alaska’s Biggest Cities
February 16th, 2010

For decades, the spring spectacle in the Hoodoo Mountains known as the Arctic Man has dished out thrills aplenty for speed junkies. This year, the 25th Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic will dish out a little more cash too.


Tribal Games Rewarded with Handshakes Unlike at Arctic Winter Games
February 16th, 2010

Traditional games form an integral part of the biennial Arctic Winter Games, which will take place this year in Grande Prairie, Alta., from March 6 to 13.


Melting Ice Alters Way Of Life In Iqaluit
February 16th, 2010

A 64-year-old Inuit who has been hunting seals and caribou in the area all his life, Mr Kango has noticed alarming changes in the ice around the bay over the last decade or so, a potentially perilous development.


What Happens In Canada Does Not Stay In Canada
February 16th, 2010

Water is a vital part of Canada’s mythology and culture, but Canada really doesn’t have as much water as we think. Canada has less than 7 percent of the world’s available water, not the 20 percent that we frequently hear about, and is rapidly using up and polluting much of that water; there might not be much to share when we become water refugees and think about fleeing north.


Arctic Diplomacy Requires Building A Bigger Igloo
February 10th, 2010

The Earth is a sphere, the ice is melting, and the Arctic Ocean will soon become a new Mediterranean Sea — a “middle ocean” over which the world’s powers will trade.


Ancient Inuit A Speedy Bunch
February 10th, 2010

One of Canada’s top archeologists argues that the prehistoric ancestors of this country’s Inuit probably migrated rapidly from Alaska clear across the Canadian North in just a few years — not gradually over centuries as traditionally assumed — after they learned about a rich supply of iron from a massive meteorite strike on Greenland’s west coast.


Arctic Meeting A Turning Point for G-7
February 10th, 2010

A meeting of finance officials from the Group of Seven leading industrialized countries in this tiny Arctic outpost certainly lived up to host Canada’s billing as a gathering with a difference.


Action Needed Now On Arctic Sovereignty
February 10th, 2010

A professor of international law said he gives Prime Minister Harper credit for showing more interest in the Arctic, but the situation has become urgent and action is needed to establish sovereignty now.


Melting Arctic Could Cost Global Economy Over $2.4Tn
February 10th, 2010

The melting of ice in the Arctic could result in economic costs of between $2.4 trillion (£1.54tn) and $24 trillion by 2050.



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