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Pessimism on US Ratifying UN Arctic Treaty
April 30th, 2010

According to APRN, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and experts in Arctic policy are increasingly pessimistic over the U.S. ratifying the United Nations’ Law of the Sea Treaty.


Democrats Launch Campaign To Preserve Arctic Refuge
April 30th, 2010

Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) marked the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by launching a nationwide campaign to protect the Alaska based refuge from oil drilling and other industrial developments.


It’s Time To Resolve Our Arctic Differences
April 30th, 2010

If Norway and Russia can reach a deal, there’s no reason Canada can’t settle its lingering territorial disputes


Murkowski Calls for Arctic Priorities
April 30th, 2010

Now is a critical time for international relations in the Arctic, said U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in her keynote speech April 28 at a conference on U.S. strategic interests in the High North.


Conservationists Warn of ‘True Catastrophe’ for Wildlife
April 30th, 2010

Oil drifting ashore along the Gulf of Mexico coastline will affect key breeding grounds for seabirds as well as fisheries, wildlife bodies say.


Rock-Climbing, Egg-Sucking Polar Bears
April 30th, 2010

According to Nunatsiaq News (via the Calgary Herald), polar biologists have published a paper detailing recent changes in polar bear behavior along a section of Hudson Bay’s northwestern coast.


Drilling Plans Near Greenland Spark Concern
April 30th, 2010

As the world watches the spreading oil-spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, plans to drill in Greenland’s iceberg-choked ocean are raising concerns about possible accidents poisoning adjacent Canadian waters.


Melting Sea Ice Spurs Warming in Arctic
April 30th, 2010

Melting sea ice is a major cause of warming in the Arctic, says a new study.


Gulf Oil Disaster Trickles Home To Canada
April 30th, 2010

As the first drops of oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster wash up on Louisiana’s shores, Canadian regulators are looking at policies for dealing with a potentially similar catastrophe in the Arctic.


Universal Gives Green Light To Barrymore-Krasinski film
April 30th, 2010

Whales, based on a true story of the 1988 rescue of a trio of California gray whales that got trapped under the ice in the Arctic Circle, has been given a green light by Universal.


Should Obama Make a National Monument in Alaska?
April 30th, 2010

As Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge marks its 50th birthday, after prolonged debate over oil drilling, conservation leaders want President Obama to provide another layer of protection by designating the Refuge a national monument.


Sailing the Arctic in Fishing Boat Turned Luxury Spa
April 30th, 2010

To the outside world she looks like an ordinary fishing boat. But you won’t find nets and winches on this vessel.


Shell To Proceed with Arctic Drilling Despite Gulf Spill
April 30th, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be bad news for Shell’s plans to conduct exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer, though the Obama administration’s position is not exactly clear.


A Snowball Effect Heats the Arctic
April 30th, 2010

Now climate researchers have detected such a feedback loop at work in the Arctic.


Thaw in the Arctic
April 30th, 2010

Fears that the melting of the Arctic ice sheet portends an aggressive scramble for resources and territory have been allayed by the thaw of a decades-old political frost.


Russia Builds Arctic Floating Nuclear Power Station
April 30th, 2010

Russia is in the process of building a prototype floating nuclear power station for deployment in the Arctic, writes Craig Eason.


Part of Alaska Inundated by Ancient Megafloods
April 30th, 2010

New research indicates that one of the largest fresh-water floods in Earth’s history happened about 17,000 years ago and inundated a large area of Alaska.


Norway Sees No Threat of Arctic War
April 29th, 2010

Norway doesn’t view Russian military exercises in the Arctic Region as a threat of a war for the Arctic recourses and called on other nations not to view them as that.


Arctic Warming Likely To Reverse – Scientist
April 29th, 2010

Warming in the Arctic is likely to turn into cold and further records of the minimum amount of drift ice in the area will not be set, the head of a Russian Arctic expedition said.


Arctic Edge Kicks Off in Alaska
April 29th, 2010

Arctic Edge 2010 kicked off with a simulated magnitude 8.5 earthquake 35 miles southwest of Anchorage in the Cook Inlet, here April 26.


Cardiff Call for Arctic Liner
April 29th, 2010

Cardiff has welcomed the MV Ocean Nova carrying around 70 Danish passengers on a British Isles cruise.


Putin OK’s Exploring the Arctic
April 29th, 2010

The Arctic Region is of top interest for Russia, said Prime Minister Putin while visiting the Franz-Joseph Land archipelago in Russian far north.


Norway, Russia Strike Deal on Arctic Boundary
April 29th, 2010

An unexpected landmark agreement this week between Norway and Russia on where to draw an offshore boundary in the oil-rich Barents Sea heralds a new era of circumpolar peace, says a leading Canadian expert on Arctic affairs.


Russia Plans To Take Grip on Arctic from Space
April 29th, 2010

Russia is planning to develop a unique satellite system to monitor climatic changes and survey energy resources in the Arctic region, Russia’s top space official said on Thursday.


Shell Says Gulf Offshore Oil Disaster Won’t Slow Arctic Exploration
April 29th, 2010

Royal Dutch Shell said it doesn’t expect a high-profile offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to slow its summer Arctic exploration plans, but a Fairbanks environmental group is urging greater caution before allowing work in northern waters.


We Need a Pause on Arctic Drilling
April 29th, 2010

Under pressure from powerful energy exploiters, the Arctic needs equally powerful protection from the federal government.


Finland Warns of Arctic Climate Challenges
April 29th, 2010

Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Vayrynen warned that there is a need for urgent action to meet the challenges that climate change brings to the Arctic.


Arctic Soldiers Buy Off-the-Rack To Keep Warm
April 29th, 2010

They won’t be picking up automatic rifles at the local outfitters store any time soon, but are instead patronizing off-the-rack goodies for personal comfort from the cold temperature.


Putin Tags Polar Bear, Urges Arctic ‘Spring Cleaning’
April 29th, 2010

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin demanded a “spring cleaning” of Russia’s section of the Arctic as he joined an expedition to study the region’s threatened polar bears.


Warming Arctic Will Give Rise To Mammal Hybrids: Biologist
April 29th, 2010

Extinction may not be the fate after all of the North’s marine mammals when the Arctic Ocean’s summer ice melts for good — an event which some scientists predict will occur within 20 years.


Arctic Explorers Get Nasty Surprise — Rain
April 29th, 2010

In what looks to be another sign the Arctic is heating up quickly, British explorers in Canada’s Far North reported on Tuesday that they had been hit by a three-minute rain shower over the weekend.


‘Barren Polar Desert’ Earmarked for a New National Park
April 29th, 2010

Government cuts deal with Inuit to protect north end of Bathurst Island.


Gulf Oil Spill Could Affect Rules for Arctic
April 27th, 2010

A major U.S. oil spill could change the shape of energy regulations in Canada’s Arctic.


Canadian Forces Close Operation NUNALIVUT 10 in High Arctic
April 27th, 2010

Operation NUNALIVUT 10, the Canadian Forces’ annual exercise in the high Arctic, closed on Monday, featuring the first ever landing of a CC-177 Globemaster at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert.


Russia and Norway Strike Arctic Border Deal
April 27th, 2010

Russia and Norway agreed on the course of their Arctic maritime border on Tuesday, after four decades of talks, paving the way for the disputed area to be opened for oil and gas exploration.


Arctic Plants Feel the Heat
April 27th, 2010

Global warming is dramatically revamping not only the ice but also tundra and forests at the top of the world, greening some parts and browning others. The alterations could exacerbate climate change.


Ancient Tools Revealed by Melting Arctic Ice
April 27th, 2010

Fragments of a 340-year-old bow was found near melted patches of ice in the Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories of Canada.


WWF Calls for New Rules as Arctic Gets More Vulnerable
April 27th, 2010

The melting of the Arctic ice is opening a new ocean, which brings new possibilities for fishing, oil exploration, development and shipping activities, and the current regulatory and governance regime for protection of the Arctic marine environment has become inadequate, the report said.


Warming Arctic Disrupts Birds’ Breeding
April 27th, 2010

As Arctic temperatures warm and weather becomes less predictable, migratory birds may face new challenges and some nasty surprises when they return North, researchers with the Canadian Wildlife Service say.


Gray Whales Head North To Shifting Summer Diet
April 27th, 2010

The season of migration has come again to the warm blue waters off the coast of Mexico. Mother gray whales are nursing their newborn calves, plumping them up for the 6,000-mile trip to summer feeding grounds in the Arctic.


UAE Woman Becomes First Female Arab To Reach North Pole
April 27th, 2010

A woman from the United Arab Emirates was literally on top of the world after becoming the first Arab female to reach the North Pole.


Whales Bring Up the Rear in the Fight Against Oceanic Acidification
April 27th, 2010

Anti-whaling advocates can take a giant load off their shoulders. An article on Treehugger shares yet another reason not to whale on whales: They crap ecosystem gold.


Extensive Release of Methane Gas from Arctic Shelf Confirmed
April 24th, 2010

A team of scientists confirms that sea-bottom and surface waters of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf are “supersaturated” with Methane gas and “out-gassing” this potent GHG to the atmosphere.


Mishandling Of Radioactive Materials Accelerating Demise Of Russia’s Arctic Population
April 24th, 2010

The dying off of the numerically small peoples of the Russian north, is being accelerated by the mishandling of nuclear materials at power stations and military bases in that region and especially by the lack of secure storage facilities for nuclear wastes there.


Telecom Swindler Used Gov’t WiFi Contacts To Start Solar Business
April 24th, 2010

A KMOX investigation shows Timothy Huff tried to make money off of both trends, using his relationships with local leaders along the way.


Imperial Oil Says Noise Edict Could Kill Mackenzie Project
April 24th, 2010

A panel’s recommendation to enforce strict noise limits at a bird sanctuary has the potential to shut down development of the $16.2-billion Mackenzie pipeline in the Arctic, the project’s backers said.


Pinawa Solar Car Returns from Arctic
April 24th, 2010

A solar-powered car built in Pinawa has returned from a record-breaking journey along one of the longest ice roads in the world.


Arctic Adventurers Get Set To Study Climate Change
April 24th, 2010

A group of adventurers were waiting anxiously to hear when the Icelandic volcanic ash had cleared enough to allow them to fly out to the Arctic to study the impact of climate change.


An Arctic with Fire
April 24th, 2010

Wildfires are transforming the Alaskan tundra and may be an accelerant to climate change.


Volcanic Ash Cloud ‘To Move Towards Arctic’
April 24th, 2010

The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is expected to change directions and head towards the Arctic when the weather changes later in the week, the World Meteorological Organisation said.


Dinosaurs Died from Sudden Temperature Drop – Scientists
April 24th, 2010

Dinosaurs were wiped out by sudden drop in temperatures, not by comet striking the planet, scientists claimed.


Nunavik Residents To Vote on New Govt. Later This Year
April 24th, 2010

By year’s end, Nunavik residents will likely vote in a referendum to ratify a new regional government for Nunavik whose final details will be unveiled this May or June.


Russian Arctic Convoy Veterans Honoured
April 24th, 2010

Thirty Veterans from Scotland that were part of the Russian Arctic Convoy will each be presented with a medal to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.


Energy-efficient Prototype Homes To Be Tested in Villages
April 24th, 2010

Two prototype homes, one designed for the state’s wind-beaten coast and one for the Arctic, will be built in remote villages this summer as researchers look for low-cost answers to the housing crunch in rural Alaska.


Genesis in Reverse
April 23rd, 2010

We’ve cooked the planet, says activist Bill McKibben, but thinking locally, not globally, could help.


Norway Cuts Lofoten Oil View, Boosting Greens
April 23rd, 2010

Norway slashed about a third off its oil and gas resource estimate for the waters off the Lofoten and Vesteraalen islands, bolstering those who oppose opening up the pristine Arctic region for drilling.


Arctic Leaders: Lancaster Sound Plans in Conflict
April 23rd, 2010

Officials in some of Nunavut’s most northerly communities say they’re getting mixed messages about Lancaster Sound, where the federal government has separate plans to create a conservation area and explore for oil and gas.


Disappointment for Guernsey’s Arctic Adventurers
April 23rd, 2010

Nucky Le Feuvre and her team of Arctic adventurers returned from their trek in April 2010 disappointed after having to call it off only 60 nautical miles.


Race for Arctic Energy Riches Heats Up
April 23rd, 2010

The whimsically titled “The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue” conference on the future of the Arctic’s oil and gas riches represents new Cold War intrigue writ large.


Arctic Explorer Becomes First Person To Tweet From The North Pole
April 23rd, 2010

Earlier today, arctic explorer Eric Larson became the first person to Tweet from the North Pole.


Explosion in the Gulf
April 23rd, 2010

The explosion is one more reminder of why the administration must proceed with great care as it broadens the search for domestic oil supplies. That is especially true in the Arctic where brutal weather conditions would make spills even more difficult to contain.


Preparing for an Ice-free Arctic
April 23rd, 2010

China is treading a tricky political line in the North Pole, anxious to be included but unwilling to rock the boat. In the conclusion of a three-part article, Linda Jakobson examines its approach.


Arctic Research Commission: Expand US Funding for Arctic / Sub-Arctic Oil Spill Research
April 19th, 2010

The US Arctic Research Commission Recommends Steps to Expanded US Funding for Arctic / Sub-arctic Oil Spill Research white paper, published in 2010, looks at the dangers of an oil spill in the Arctic region.


Congress and the Arctic
April 19th, 2010

Congress will need to play a more proactive role in addressing imminent changes to the Arctic region brought about by warming temperatures, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.


The ‘Evil Twin’ of Climate Change
April 19th, 2010

Steve Chao blogs about his filming of the arctic as he and his cameramen follow scientists doing research on climate change.


Ian McEwan: Sometime Skeptic
April 19th, 2010

With Solar, Ian McEwan takes on the deniers, both of climate change and of his work.


Reduction of Arctic Summer Ice is Source of Great Concern
April 19th, 2010

“The ice mass is decreasing. Both the Arctic sea-ice appears to be shrinking and thinning and the ice sheets are dropping in elevation,” said Laura Koenig, NASA.


Salazar Unveils Arctic Drilling Research Plan
April 19th, 2010

Federal scientists have until Oct. 1 to decide what additional research is needed to determine the effects of offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic Ocean, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday.


Russia To Start Shtokman Gas Field Development 2011-Putin
April 19th, 2010

Russia plans to start development of the giant Arctic Shtokman gas field in spring 2011, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.


Polar Bear Exploration in the Arctic’s Svalbard Archipelago
April 19th, 2010

Spitsbergen, the largest island of Svalbard, has the highest concentration of polar bears in the world – it is home to about 3000 of the 25,000 world population. And with 24-hour daylight during the Arctic summer, the possibility of seeing polar bears are higher.


Paddling Legend Returning To Kayak
April 19th, 2010

Winnipeg paddling legend and author Don Starkell is vowing from his hospital bed that he’ll be back in a kayak by summer.


Volcano Traps Attenborough in Frozen Arctic
April 19th, 2010

Veteran broadcaster David Attenborough has found himself trapped in the freezing Arctic Circle as airspace remains closed following Iceland’s volcano eruption.


Norway Cuts Lofoten Oil View, Boosting Greens
April 16th, 2010

Norway on Friday slashed about a third off its oil and gas resource estimate for the waters off the Lofoten and Vesteraalen islands, bolstering those who oppose opening up the pristine Arctic region for drilling.


USGS Asked to Study Arctic Oil, Gas Exploration Impacts
April 16th, 2010

The US Geological Survey will review information about the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, including studies by other scientific organizations, to help guide federal oil and gas policies on the Arctic Ocean’s Outer Continental Shelf, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced.


Little Prairie-Built Mosque Destined for the Arctic Faithful
April 16th, 2010

First there was Little Mosque on the Prairie, and soon there will be a little mosque on the tundra.


Russia Presses Ahead with Arctic Research
April 16th, 2010

The Russian president’s representative for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic, Arthur Chilingarov says that Russia is pushing ahead with its Arctic studies to determine the borders of the country’s continental shelf.


Inuit Stake in Arctic Mines Raises Fears of Environmental Conflict
April 16th, 2010

Inuit land-claim groups have formed a company to invest directly in Arctic resource development in an effort to win more benefits and ensure that a greater share of mining profits remains in the North.


British to Attempt First Rowing Expedition to North Pole
April 16th, 2010

British explorer Jock Wishart and Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky have unveiled a plan to attempt to row to the North Pole.


Australian Arctic Trekker Calls Rescue His ‘Golden Ticket’
April 16th, 2010

An Australian adventurer who fell into freezing water on a solo mission to the North Pole said being rescued by a Canadian military search team was his “golden ticket” after staring down death.


Poor Returns Freeze Trust Fund for High Arctic ‘Human Flagpoles’
April 16th, 2010

Chilly financial markets have frozen a trust fund intended to compensate the “human flagpoles” who marked Canadian Arctic sovereignty in the 1950s.


Hunter Shot What May be a Rare Grizzly-Polar Hybrid
April 16th, 2010

An animal shot last week by an Inuit hunter travelling on the sea ice in the Northwest Territories has sparked debate over whether another polar bear-grizzly hybrid — a so-called “pizzly” or “grolar” — has been discovered.


Government Announces $5M Arctic Park Study
April 13th, 2010

The federal government will spend $5 million on a study that will lead to the creation of a new protected marine area at the eastern end of the Northwest Passage.


Alaska Hosting 2014 Arctic Winter Games
April 13th, 2010

Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell is asking communities that want to host the 2014 Arctic Winter Games to file letters of interest with the Arctic Winter Games selection board by April 30.


Arctic Pipeline Hearings Begin
April 13th, 2010

The fate of a four-decades long dream starts unfolding today as stakeholders in the proposed Mackenzie gas pipeline file through the doors of the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife and into final regulatory arguments.


Solar Powered Car Drives Over Frozen Arctic Ocean
April 13th, 2010

Solar powered car XOF1 has become the first vehicle of its type to traverse one of world’s longest ice roads.


Images of Disappearing Glaciers
April 13th, 2010

Melting glaciers have become a well-known symbol of climate change. “It’s one of the simplest indicators of climate change,” says Eric Rignot, a senior research scientist at NASA’s JPL.


Don’t Backpaddle on Arctic Preservation
April 11th, 2010

Four months ago, federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice declared Lancaster Sound in the Arctic as one of Canada’s “richest ecological areas,” announcing an impressive-sounding $5-million study.


Swiss Make Waves in Russian Arctic
April 11th, 2010

A voyage planned three years ago simply as an adventure for two, last summer brought a message of hope to hundreds in Russia and Switzerland.


The Race to Define ‘Last Border of Canada’
April 11th, 2010

A small yellow submarine called Discovery and a team of researchers in helicopters are busily building the case for drawing a new line, a line Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon calls the “last border of Canada.”


Interview: Expert Decodes Arctic Conflict
April 11th, 2010

Few would have predicted some years ago that the Arctic would become a boom region — but that’s exactly what has happened.


Norway Acknowledges Challenge from ‘Not Yet Stable’ Neighbour
April 11th, 2010

Norway’s foreign minister highlighted the challenge of negotiating the Arctic’s future with Russia, which he described as “not yet a stable, reliable, predictable state.”


Arctic Weather is Getting Weirder: Inuit Wisdom
April 11th, 2010

Inuit hunters are helping scientists understand an essential fact of Arctic climate change — the weather’s not just getting warmer, it’s getting weirder.


Arctic Crossed by Balloon
April 11th, 2010

A French explorer’s team says he has made the first Arctic crossing by balloon, landing in the tundra of eastern Siberia five days after taking off in Norway.


Refinery Seeks Locations for New North Pole Wells
April 11th, 2010

Owners of the petroleum refinery in North Pole say they’re looking for locations to drill new wells that can feed the city’s water system.


State Leaders Oppose Updating ANWR Plan
April 11th, 2010

Alaska state leaders oppose a federal plan to update the conservation efforts for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Nunavut Francophones Set Up Tourism Co-op
April 11th, 2010

A non-profit group, which elected its first board of directors in January, is taking over all the economic projects formerly managed by the Association des francophones de Nunavut in Iqaluit.


Deadline Approaches for Alaska Cities’ Bids to Host Arctic Games
April 10th, 2010

The deadline has been set for Alaska cities to put in their bids to host the 2014 Arctic Games.


New Fresh-Air Devices Reduce Disease in Nunavut
April 10th, 2010

Ventilation equipment helps kids in cramped houses avoid viruses.


NASA Animation Shows Arctic Sea Ice Approaching Normal Levels
April 10th, 2010

A curious thing has happened over the 2009 – 2010 winter season – Arctic sea ice has rebounded to near normal levels.


Narwhal Numbers Good News for Arctic Watchers
April 10th, 2010

A Canadian-led team of scientists has supplied a rare piece of good news about Arctic wildlife after developing a new system for counting narwhals that doubles the estimated population of the spiral-tusked marine mammal in Canada’s northeastern waters.


Russia ‘Playing Games’ in Arctic: Cannon
April 10th, 2010

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon accused the Russians yesterday of “playing games” over their plan to deploy paratroopers to the North Pole this spring.


Arctic Adventure: Sleeping in the Snow
April 10th, 2010

Science correspondent Tom Clarke and camerawoman Philippa Collins learn how to keep warm in the Canadian Arctic while on assignment to discover what is happening to our oceans.


Plan for Alaska Waters Gets Mixed Reviews
April 10th, 2010

Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon will get a reprieve from offshore petroleum drilling under a new federal plan. But for polar bears and whales to the north, the effects of industrial development may be only delayed.


Coast Guard: Icebreaker Will Be Back in 3 Years
April 10th, 2010

After a $62 million overhaul, the Coast Guard will have its third icebeaker back in service in 2013, filling a critical need as the fleet takes on new responsibilities, the commandant of the service said.


Traditional Inuit Knowledge Combines With Science to Shape Arctic Weather Insights
April 10th, 2010

Traditional Inuit knowledge combines with science to shape arctic weather insights.


Military to Study Secrets of Arctic Living
April 10th, 2010

Canada’s High Arctic will double as a scientific laboratory over the next month for two Canadian military scientists studying human behaviour in extreme environments.


Arctic Railroad Development
April 8th, 2010

Norwegian and Finnish transport authorities have started a study of the needs for development of a train connection from Rovaniemi in Finland to Kirkenes or Skibotn in Norway.


Comstar to Build FTTB Network Beyond Arctic Circle
April 8th, 2010

Russian operator Comstar announced plans to build a FTTB network in Dudinka town, Krasnoyarsk Krai, located beyond the Arctic circle.


Farmer Plans Hair-Raising Trip to North Pole
April 8th, 2010

Hairdresser Charlie Miller will be on top of the world as he gives the entrepreneur Sir Tom Farmer a short back and sides – at the North Pole.


What’s Next for Oil in the Alaskan Arctic?
April 8th, 2010

Just because the Obama administration has finally settled on its strategy for offshore oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf, don’t think the issue of what happens in the Alaskan Arctic is settled — far from it.


Canadian Smart Sub Ready for Arctic Sea
April 8th, 2010

The cutting-edge smart sub built to help define Canada’s Arctic borders is set for her first, and one of her most treacherous, missions.


Other Arctic Expeditions: Magnetic North Pole, Greenland and Spitsbergen
April 8th, 2010

An all-British team set off from Resolute Bay to the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole. On Spitzbergen an international team is doing a round trip on the island.


Climate Link Found in Strange Arctic Bird Deaths
April 8th, 2010

Like scenes out of Gary Larson’s “Far Side” comic strip, scientists have discovered a tragicomedy playing out in deaths of Arctic seabirds.


Cannon Slams Russian Plan to Drop Paratroopers in Arctic
April 8th, 2010

Canada’s foreign minister blasted a Russian plan to drop paratroopers on the North Pole later this week, calling it a propaganda stunt.


Melting Arctic Poses Security Risk: U.S. Congress Report
April 8th, 2010

A new report prepared for the U.S. Congress on the growing importance of the Arctic in global affairs has highlighted the “potential emerging security issue” created by diminished ice, increased ship traffic and looming resource competition on the Northern Hemisphere’s polar frontier.


European Ice-Watching Satellite Will Launch Thursday
April 8th, 2010

Taking advantage of a second chance rarely afforded in the space business, a team of European scientists will launch the CryoSat 2 satellite Thursday to measure how fast Earth’s polar ice sheets are melting.


Inuit Prints Are Portals To The Past
April 6th, 2010

A little girl was out on the land, clinging to the last days of camping season with her parents, when a plane suddenly descended through the chill of an Arctic fall.


Science Can Settle Arctic Disputes
April 6th, 2010

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says he’s confident science can settle any international disputes over Canada’s Arctic borders.


Inuit Welcome Clinton’s Comments on Arctic
April 6th, 2010

Canada’s Inuit on March 31 welcomed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments suggesting that northern peoples should have participated in Arctic talks this week.


New Book About Arctic Economies
April 6th, 2010

The Actic regional economies are strongly dependent on their mother economies in the south.


Arctic Thaw May Yield Laughing Gas
April 6th, 2010

Thawing permafrost can release nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, a contributor to climate change that has been largely overlooked in the Arctic, a study showed on Sunday.


Coast Guard Sends Oil Spill Kits to Arctic Communities
April 6th, 2010

Increased traffic through Arctic waters is prompting the coast guard to help northern communities to respond to oil spills.


US-NATO Prepare Confrontation in the Arctic
April 6th, 2010

Competition in the Arctic region is becoming more and more intense. At the conference of the five Arctic coastal states in Canada, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that it is necessary to defend the interests of the countries, which also have their lawful interests in the Arctic Ocean.


Shell Gets Ready To Start Arctic Drilling
April 5th, 2010

Only hours after President Obama opened up vast tracts of America’s coastline to exploration, Royal Dutch Shell said that it plans to start drilling for oil in the Arctic Sea, north of Alaska, within weeks.


Arctic Ices Grow in Size to Largest in Decade
April 5th, 2010

The Climate Change or global warming theory, which predicted the destruction of the Arctic ice caps, has taken another hammering with the news that the ice floes are currently at their largest in a decade.


Arctic Attention: Canada Hosts a Meeting on an Emerging Problem
April 5th, 2010

Last week, Canada convened at Chelsea in Quebec a meeting at the ministerial level of five of the eight nations concerned with future use of the Arctic Ocean. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton represented the United States.


Obama Sets Sights on Arctic Oil, Gas Exploration
April 5th, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama has announced plans to end a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in almost all U.S. coastal waters, kick-starting what’s expected to be a major push to exploit extensive undersea deposits north of Alaska.


Expert: Norway-Russian Arctic Deal is Near
April 5th, 2010

A 40-year-old conflict between Russia and Norway over an Arctic sea boundary will likely be over this month, an expert told United Press International.



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