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Archive for June, 2010 :

Shell: Deep Drilling Must Continue
June 28th, 2010

Shell says rising demand means deep-water drilling must continue, but that competitor British Petroleum’s massive Gulf of Mexico spill offers lessons. Meanwhile, clean energy is still being suppressed in the mad rush to destroy the planet.


Is It High Time for a Tough Arctic Treaty?
June 28th, 2010

Debate rages over whether ‘soft-law’ approach can cope with hard issues of sovereignty that lie ahead.


Moratorium Won’t Stop Unprecedented BP Project in the Arctic
June 28th, 2010

The Obama administration’s six-month moratorium has put a freeze on new offshore drilling permits, but three miles off the coast of Alaska, there’s one unprecedented drilling project by BP that’s still moving forward regardless.


Arctic’s Ancient Past Offers Glimpse of Global Warming’s Future: Scientist
June 28th, 2010

A world-renowned Ellesmere Island fossil site has shed startling new light on how warm the Canadian Arctic was about four million years ago – and just how hot it could get in the coming decades.


Scientists Turn Their Heaters on Alaska
June 28th, 2010

Climate scientists are turning the heat up on Alaska in a hope to test the effects of global warming on the region.


Arctic Shelf Study Tour
June 28th, 2010

A Russian research vessel will leave Murmansk in mid-July to study the extensions of the Siberian shelf.


Taiwanese Scientist To Join China’s Arctic Survey Group
June 28th, 2010

A mainland Arctic survey team will set forth from Xiamen, China, on July 1 and a Taiwanese scientist is invited for the first time to join the group.


Polar Bear Overseer: Few Tools To Stop Melting Ice
June 28th, 2010

Polar bear policy in America can be summed up succinctly: The iconic bears are threatened with extinction, and so far nothing much is being done.


Moscow to Host International Arctic Forum in September
June 28th, 2010

An international Arctic forum, delayed when the eruption of a volcano in Iceland froze air travel in much of northern Europe, will be held in Moscow on September 22-23, forum organizers said on Monday.


Arctic Obsession
June 28th, 2010

A man who has lived in the Arctic since he was four is now capturing a wild world that’s changing fast as the planet warms up.


Parks Canada Mounting Summertime Search for Three Storied Arctic Wrecks
June 26th, 2010

Already on the hunt in the Canadian Arctic for two of the world’s most storied shipwrecks — the lost Terror and Erebus of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated polar expedition in the 1840s — Parks Canada is now preparing to search this summer for another famed vessel from that era, Canwest News Service has learned.


America’s Heavy Icebreakers Are Both Broken Down
June 26th, 2010

Despite having substantial scientific operations in Antarctica and seeing ever more activity in its Arctic waters, the U.S. has been relying on a pair of aging, decades-old heavy icebreakers to maintain mobility in ice-cloaked seas.


Proposed Prototype Ecosystem To Test Climate Change Effects on Arctic
June 26th, 2010

Scientists are planning a large-scale, long-term ecosystem experiment to test the effects of global warming on the icy layers of Arctic.


Murkowski Wants More Heavy Icebreakers
June 26th, 2010

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the temporary loss of the nation’s only working heavy icebreaker threatens the nation’s ability to respond to Arctic emergencies.


Worst Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice in Thousands of Years
June 26th, 2010

A major international study of Arctic sea ice has concluded that the recent, record-setting retreat is the worst in thousands of years.


Why It’s Safer to Drill in the ‘Backyard’
June 26th, 2010

Texas has had 102 oil and gas well blowouts since the start of 2006, without catastrophic consequences.


Inuit Divided Over Oil Drilling Off Greenland
June 26th, 2010

Emerging political divisions among the Inuit of the circumpolar world over Greenland’s plans to drill for oil in the Davis Strait surfaced June 24 at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s annual general meeting in Iqaluit.


Iqaluit’s AWG Arena Needs Even More Repairs
June 26th, 2010

The Arctic Winter Games arena needs even more repairs in addition to the $2.25 million in federal, territorial and municipal funds already committed to its renovation.


Arctic Freshwater Cycle Intensifies, Marks Warming
June 26th, 2010

The amount of fresh water flowing through the Arctic as snow or rainfall, in rivers and other cycles is increasing, in agreement with model projections under a warming climate.


Oil Drillship Headed to Arctic After Repairs
June 26th, 2010

The 748-foot Stena Forth, an exploratory oil drillship with deepwater drilling capability of 10,000 feet, was in Rockland this week for a fast change-out of three of the six thrusters onboard.


Arctic Oil: A Very Crude Idea
June 26th, 2010

Even now, as the disastrous situation in the temperate waters of the Gulf of Mexico continues, oil companies are still pushing for opening up the Arctic for, oil drilling.


Greenland: An Arctic Playground
June 26th, 2010

Greenland presents one giant playground. Like the pre-pipeline Alaska, Greenland represents an untamed outpost where adventure imbues everyday life.


Sea, Sand and Sculpture at the East Neuk Festival
June 26th, 2010

For the East Neuk festival, Sculptor Jamie Wardley will supervise the building of a steam train from 20 tons of sand, 10 metres long, one metre high, on the tide-line of Elie Beach in Fife on 4 July.


Mating Bears and a Wolverine Sighting
June 26th, 2010

Four people hiking in the Utukok Uplands got lucky to see a wolverine, North America’s most elusive mammal, including two coupling bears and a gathering of different bird species.


Future Arctic Winter Games Will Be Smaller
June 26th, 2010

The Arctic Winter Games International Committee is cutting back on the number of athletes able to compete.


Norway Continues High North Espionage
June 24th, 2010

The Norwegian high-tech intelligence in the north, directed towards what the Russians are doing, is still the most important part of Norwegian espionage, according to the Norwegian daily Aftenposten.


Environment, Sovereignty Focus of New Arctic Marine Rules
June 24th, 2010

The Canadian government has put the world on notice that ships entering the country’s Arctic waters will be subject to new mandatory vessel-tracking rules next week aimed at preventing terrorist activity and pollution while improving search-and-rescue capabilities in the Far North.


Russia’s Arctic Region To Auction 7 Oil and Gas Deposits
June 24th, 2010

Russia’s energy-rich Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous region plans to put up seven oil and gas deposits for auction soon, a deputy head of the regional administration said on Thursday.


Arctic Seismic Tests Scaled Back
June 24th, 2010

Federal scientists say they are changing their plans to conduct seismic testing in Lancaster Sound this summer because of concerns raised in Arctic communities.


Wireless Ocean Monitoring in the Arctic
June 24th, 2010

Three years ago the idea emerged of a wireless network of sensors to monitor the Arctic regions of the ocean. Today, the theory behind the concept has been tested and found to be watertight.


Too Little Known About Arctic To Risk Oil Spills, Scientists Warn
June 24th, 2010

Oil companies may see shrinking Arctic ice as an opening for new oil and gas exploration. But scientists caution they do not know enough about the Arctic to prevent disasters like the blowout of BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore platform.


BP’s Arctic Drilling Project Continues
June 24th, 2010

As oil from a mile-deep wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico continues to gush, BP is set to break records by drilling two miles below the sea’s surface off the coast of Alaska in pursuit of what they believe is a 100 million barrel resevoir of oil.


Canada Will Track Ships Sailing Arctic Waters
June 24th, 2010

The Canadian government has put the world on notice that ships entering the country’s Arctic waters will be subject to new mandatory vessel-tracking rules next week aimed at preventing terrorist activity and pollution while improving search-and-rescue capabilities in the Far North.


$25M Veto Cuts into Alaska Clean Energy Plans
June 24th, 2010

The future of renewable energy in Alaska is only about half as certain financially after Gov. Sean Parnell decided to veto $25 million from the $50 million state lawmakers had approved for development.


Statoil and Gazprom Sign Technology Agreement
June 24th, 2010

23 years after Mikhail Gorbachev suggested setting up a Soviet-Norwegian cooperation to jointly explore the energy resources in the Arctic, Statoil and Gazprom have signed an agreement that opens for cooperation in such area as geological exploration in the Barents Sea.


Arctic Bird Poop Loaded with Environmental Poisons
June 24th, 2010

High Arctic seabirds carry a “cocktail” of contaminants, confirms new research, which analyzed the excrement of Arctic terns and eiders nesting on a small island north of Resolute Bay.


Where Gas Meets Ore
June 23rd, 2010

A high-level conference with the aim to link industrial value creation from ore and mineral deposits with natural gas in the Barents Region starts in the Norwegian border town of Kirkenes on Tuesday.


Alaskans Ask for Piece of BP Gulf of Mexico Funds
June 23rd, 2010

Alaskans are speaking out this week, asking for a piece of BP funds set aside for Gulf of Mexico oil spill compensation.


Passport Control from the Top of the World
June 23rd, 2010

Norwegian authorities will introduce passport control for travelers to and from the Norwegian mainland to Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town.


IWC Tries for a Compromise
June 23rd, 2010

A proposal before the 88-member now meeting in Morocco would allow Norway, Iceland and Japan limited whaling in exchange for removing their rogue status and imposing a 10-year period of international monitoring.


Gazprom: Big Deals Ahead for Shipbuilders
June 23rd, 2010

When developing the offshore shelf, Gazprom will seek to replace foreign-made equipment with analogues from Russian yards, company leaders told Russian shipbuilders.


Russia and Iceland in Co-operation Talks
June 23rd, 2010

Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ossur Skarphedinsson, yesterday held talks with Russia’s deputy FM Vladimir Titov. The pair spoke about Arctic affairs and bilateral co-operation in fishing, trade, energy and cultural issues.


Nunavut Ponders More Competition in Sealift
June 23rd, 2010

A report commissioned by the department suggests switching to an open-market system for sealift would produce more losers than winners.


Another Voice Against Seismic Tests
June 23rd, 2010

The Pew Environment Group’s Oceans North Canada says 6,500 concerned Canadians have signed a letter opposing the seismic testing plans around the Lancaster Sound.


Canada Needs an Arctic Ambassador Again
June 23rd, 2010

Canada’s federal government should get cracking on implementing Nunavut land claims and involving indigenous peoples more in protecting Arctic sovereignty, the House of Commons defence committee said Thursday.


Finland Proposes Arctic Council Summit
June 23rd, 2010

Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb on Thursday proposed a summit meeting of the eight-nation Arctic Council in the capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi.


Murmansk: “Capital of the Arctic”
June 23rd, 2010

The Murmansk Oblast regional government has adopted a program aimed at making the Northern Russian town of Murmansk “Capital of the Arctic,” reports the Barents Observer.


Shopping Centre for Nuuk?
June 23rd, 2010

Plan for a two-storey mall with 300 parking spaces, bus stops and two residential towers of eight floors has been approved by Nuuk’s Sermersooq municipality, Sermitsiaq reports.


Melting Permafrost Threatens Arctic Housing Projects
June 23rd, 2010

An Arctic community that has seen its fire hall sink and roads buckle in the melting permafrost is now shifting future building projects away from town.


North Van-built Survey Ships Headed To Canadian Arctic
June 23rd, 2010

Four new hydrographic survey boats from North Van will help map out Canada’s Arctic regions.


British Geologists Probe Arctic Origins
June 23rd, 2010

Two British scientists are heading to Ellesmere Island to continue research aimed at unlocking the geological origins of the Arctic.


U.S. Sidelined in Fight for Arctic’s Future
June 22nd, 2010

Held up in legislative limbo in the United States, the Law of the Sea treaty could give other nations the authority to tap into natural resources in the Arctic.


Summer Solstice Meets Record Low Arctic Ice
June 22nd, 2010

The sun reached its highest point in the sky on June 21; it is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year.


Arctic Terns Inspire Awe at Anchorage Marsh
June 22nd, 2010

Thousands of people drive south from Anchorage to see mountains, eagles and glaciers on the Kenai Peninsula. Most blow by a vista where they could be seeing aerial acrobats.


Why the Gulf Spill isn’t Lifting Oil Prices — Yet
June 20th, 2010

Oil prices are eight per cent lower than they were when the Deepwater Horizon blew up on April 20. It seems that much depends on whether others should adopt the U.S. moratorium.


Russia To Explore Continental Shelf This Summer
June 20th, 2010

In July Russian Polar scientists will conduct a larger study of the Arctic continental shelf as part of the program “Boundaries of the Russian continental shelf”. The program is aimed at securing Russia’s right to the natural resources in the Arctic, RIA Novosti reports.


Arctic Security Improvements Recommended
June 20th, 2010

Canada should take a greater interest in its stewardship of the Arctic and move ahead with measures to strengthen its ability to exercise security and control over the region, a Commons committee says.


Inuit Need Greater Role in Protecting Arctic: Committee
June 20th, 2010

An all-party report expressed “concern” that Indigenous peoples have not been accorded proper recognition for their historic role in helping ensure Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic by living in the region.


Arctic Drilling Suspended
June 20th, 2010

The Obama Administration has done an about face on drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Just days after its Justice Department defended Shell Oil’s plan to drill five exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off the coast of Alaska, the Interior Department suspended the operation.


New Bills Should Make Oil Exploration Safer
June 20th, 2010

The tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill should serve as a wake-up call for stronger oversight to prevent another such massive spill and a comprehensive national energy policy that must include more domestic oil and gas production.


Arctic Seismic Tests Opposed by Eco Group
June 20th, 2010

A national group is urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to protect Nunavut’s Lancaster Sound from any oil and gas activity, including federal scientists’ plans to conduct seismic testing there.


The True North, Strong and Alien
June 20th, 2010

On 1st September 1880, Canada became the second largest country in the world when the British Admiralty had authorized an order transferring the Arctic archipelago, described as “worthless,” into Prime Minister John A. Macdonald’s hands.


Arctic Scientists Sharing Guesses
June 20th, 2010

With sea ice levels in the Arctic at record lows this month, a new report comparing scientists’ predictions calls for caution in over-interpreting a few weeks worth of data from the North Pole.


Ernestina is Adrift in Economic Doldrums
June 20th, 2010

One year after returning to New Bedford from an 11-month makeover in a Downeast shipyard, the Ernestina sits forlornly at the state pier, leaking and with her pumps running.


International Cooperation or Competition in the Arctic
June 10th, 2010

Scientists from 63 countries have gathered in Oslo to discuss the prospects for the exploration of the Arctic regions and the Antarctic.


Devizes Man in Arctic Upset
June 10th, 2010

A dream trip to the magnetic North Pole for Devizes adventurer Nick Heal turned into disappointment when it was curtailed just a week after it began.


Canada Won’t Seek Delay in Greenland ‘Iceberg Alley’ Drilling
June 10th, 2010

Canada will ask Greenland for information about safety plans for drilling in arctic waters, without seeking a request to delay exploration following the Gulf of Mexico spill, Environment Minister Jim Prentice said.


Two Canadian Premiers Back Offshore Drilling in Beaufort Area
June 10th, 2010

Two Canadian premiers still back offshore drilling in the Beaufort despite the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, arguing that tighter rules can prevent a repeat of the disaster.


Oil Spill Could Harm Arctic Birds: WWF
June 10th, 2010

Arctic birds that migrate south for the winter could be affected by the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill if it continues to spread, the World Wildlife Fund warns.


Report Urges Canada to Work with U.S. on Arctic Security
June 10th, 2010

A new report meant to boost Canada’s global standing urges the nation to work with the United States to patrol Arctic waters, by expanding the role of the North American Aerospace Defence Command.


Minister Prentice Reinforces Importance of Arctic Partners Cooperation
June 10th, 2010

Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, reinforced Canada’s commitment to Arctic environmental safety at the Arctic Ministers’ Meeting, held this week in Ilulissat, Greenland.


Canada-Russia Relations Thaw in Arctic
June 10th, 2010

The Canadian government denounced it as a land-grabbing stunt when Russia planted its flag on the sea floor under the North Pole in 2007.


NASA Plans to Boldly Go to the Arctic
June 10th, 2010

The mission will seek to unlock clues about the changing Arctic climate and the shifting ice conditions that affect ocean ecosystems.


Canadian Minister Appoints Regulator To Oversee Oil Business Drilling Sites
June 10th, 2010

Environmental Minister Jim Prentice says a new offshore drilling initiative in the Davis Strait will have the guidance of an inspector from the Canadian government.



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