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Archive for August, 2010 :

Expert Sounds Alarm About Outdated Arctic Charts
August 31st, 2010

This past weekend’s grounding of the Clipper Adventurer cruise ship near Kugluktuk, Nunavut, underlines the inadequate charting of Arctic waters, says a leading Canadian ice expert.


Minimal Ice-Class Vessel to Transit Northeast Passage
August 31st, 2010

Russian media speculate that the Danish bulk carrier MV Nordic Barents is not fit for the journey from Norway to China through the Northeast Passage.


Border-free Bering Zone?
August 31st, 2010

Russia has proposed setting up an open travel zone along with the creation of the Beringia Park.


Kugluktuk Welcomes Cruise Ship Passengers
August 31st, 2010

People in Kugluktuk, Nunavut opened their arms to a tired group of unexpected visitors who arrived in the wee hours of Aug. 30.


Greenpeace ‘Shuts Down’ Arctic Oil Rig
August 31st, 2010

Greenpeace claims to have shut down offshore drilling by a British oil company at a controversial site in the Arctic after four climbers began an occupation of the rig just after dawn.


PM’s Arctic Quicksteps
August 31st, 2010

What is it about the Arctic’s vast expanses and frigid climes that inspire public figures to push the envelope in front of the cameras?


Norway Welcomes China to the Arctic
August 31st, 2010

China can make a valuable contribution in the Arctic region, Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said in a speech at the China Institute of International of International Studies Forum in Beijing this week.


Search Continues for Franklin Ships
August 31st, 2010

The HMS Erebus and Terror continue to evade maritime detectives 160 years after Canadian Arctic waters swallowed them into secret graves.


Canada Opens Arctic To NATO, Plans Massive Weapons Buildup
August 31st, 2010

Canada is, as NATO’s top military commander Admiral Stavridis remarked in Ottawa last month, providing the Western military bloc and the Pentagon indispensable services around the world. In the Arctic as much as if not more than anywhere else.


Icebreaker Xuelong Ends Arctic Scientific Expedition
August 31st, 2010

Chinese icebreaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon) sailed for home on Tuesday after completing its fourth scientific expedition in the Arctic Ocean.


Baltica Breaks the Ice as New Route to the East Opens in the Arctic
August 31st, 2010

For 500 years, commodity traders have been trying to conquer the treacherous waters of the Russian Arctic passage – aware of its potential as a lucrative short-cut shipping route.


Canada to Open New Arctic Station at Cambridge Bay
August 31st, 2010

Canada will set up a research station at Cambridge Bay in the Arctic, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said.


Battered BP Thinks Twice About Arctic Oil
August 31st, 2010

A foray into environmentally sensitive Greenland must have looked like a bad idea.


Stranded Arctic Cruisers Return
August 31st, 2010

Dozens of passengers from the Clipper Adventurer cruise ship arrived in Edmonton Monday, about two days after the vessel hit a rock.


Why Don’t Fish in the Arctic Ocean Freeze?
August 31st, 2010

Scientists have discovered why fish don’t freeze in the Arctic Ocean.


Arctic Sea Route Reopened
August 29th, 2010

After 15 years, Russia has reactivated its Arctic Sea Route from Europe to East Asia.


11 Russian Sailors Drown on Rescue Bid in the Arctic
August 29th, 2010

Eleven Russian sailors drowned in the Arctic after their rescue vessel went down in stormy seas on a mission to try to help a fishing boat in distress, it was reported Saturday.


Deepwater Horizon Fears Resurface as Rigs Probe for Oil Under Arctic Ice
August 29th, 2010

In a few days’ time, officials at the Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum in Greenland will reveal the winners of a new round of licences to drill for oil and gas in its waters. The announcement promises to be explosive.


Nation-building, Not Politics, Behind Arctic Tour: PM
August 29th, 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has had his share of photo-ops over the past few days as his annual Arctic trip winds through the nation’s great northern expanses.


Cairn Arctic Energy Find ‘Not Commercial’ Yet
August 29th, 2010

Cairn Energy’s discovery of a working hydrocarbon system below the seafloor off Greenland’s coast does not necessarily mean the find will be commercially viable, the company says.


Alaskans Sound Off on Arctic Offshore Drilling
August 29th, 2010

Alaska’s U.S. senators urged the Obama administration last August 26th to get Arctic Ocean offshore petroleum development back on track.


Canada Jets Turn Back Russian Aircraft in the Arctic
August 29th, 2010

Canadian air force jets turned back two Russian bombers close to Canada’s northern border yesterday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office said in a statement.


After Thousands of Years, Canada’s ‘Majestic’ Ice Shelves Disintegrating
August 29th, 2010

Canada is home to plenty of ice, but the ancient, undulating ice shelves on the north coast of Ellesmere Island are something special.


New Jets Needed to Keep North Strong and Free
August 29th, 2010

The increasing significance of the Northwest Passage and untapped Arctic resources demand an unwavering surveillance over northern activity.


Inuit Villages Sue to Stop Seismic Tests for Oil, Gas
August 29th, 2010

Above the Arctic Circle in Canada near Greenland, five Inuit villages have won a court order that blocks a German icebreaker from conducting seismic tests of an underwater region that abounds with marine life — and possibly with oil, gas and minerals.


Canada To Emphasize Arctic Cooperation
August 29th, 2010

Canada says one of its top foreign policy priorities will be to work with other countries to resolve differences over Arctic border disputes.


Ottawa Apologizes To Aborigines Over High Arctic Relocation
August 29th, 2010

New Canadian Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan apologized on August 18th to aborigines on behalf of Ottawa.


Antarctic Sea Ice Expanding While Arctic Ice Melts
August 29th, 2010

A new study led by a Georgia Tech climate scientist has shown that Antarctic sea ice has expanded despite global warming, unlike Arctic sea ice; but this is expected to change as greenhouse gases continue to warm Antarctic waters.


Canadian Senate: No Offshore Drilling Ban Needed
August 29th, 2010

The risk of an oil spill in Canadian waters similar to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is low enough that the government shouldn’t ban offshore drilling, the Canadian Senate said.


Russia Uses Nuclear Icebreakers to Send Oil to China via Arctic Not Suez
August 29th, 2010

OAO Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipper, and OAO Novatek aim to cut the time it takes to deliver oil and gas to China, sending their first cargo through the Arctic rather than the Suez Canal.


Stevens’ Work ‘Everywhere’ in the Arctic
August 29th, 2010

In the Arctic, Sen. Ted Stevens will always be remembered as the fighter for every Alaskan, no matter how small the village or how far-flung.


Untamed Alaska Challenges Pilots
August 29th, 2010

The plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens and four others highlights Alaska’s unique transportation challenges. Travel in small aircraft is a way of life for many in the vast state. Rough terrain and a brutal climate add a layer of risk.


Ancient Meteorite Could Have Impact as Canada Draws Line in the Arctic
August 6th, 2010

The ancient object, believed to have struck Earth in the central Arctic Ocean about 300 kilometres beyond Ellesmere Island, may yet pose problems for this summer’s Can-Am research mission as the experts try to profile a swath of polar sea floor that remains deeply disfigured from that prehistoric extraterrestrial impact.


Thrills, Chills & Rescue Bills: Northwest Passage Luring Poorly Equipped Sailors
August 6th, 2010

Freshly navigable after confounding sailors for centuries, the Northwest Passage has suddenly become a tourism draw for the inexperienced, creating a dangerous and expensive burden for the Canadian Coast Guard.


Statoil’s Arctic Offshore Seismic Tests Approved
August 6th, 2010

Late Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline cleared the way for Statoil USA to proceed with a large-scale seismic study in the Chukchi Sea.


Surveying Wildlife in Arctic Alaska
August 6th, 2010

Steve Zack, a Wildlife Conservation Society scientist based in Portland, Ore., narrated a photographic look at his expedition to Arctic Alaska.


Laying Claim to the Rich Arctic Seafloor
August 6th, 2010

Research vessels from the United States, Canada and Russia are again steaming into the Arctic Circle this month with the aim of mapping the seafloor and laying claim to potentially vast hydrocarbon and mineral riches.


Climate Change: How Adapting to Warming Could Make It Worse
August 6th, 2010

Positive feedback cycles—they’re what keeps climatologists up at night. The term describes the way that certain ecological responses to a warming climate can further accelerate warming, creating a feedback cycle that can spiral out of control.


Planned Arctic Seismic Tests in Court in Nunavut
August 6th, 2010

A Nunavut court is hearing arguments today over whether seismic tests in a proposed northern national marine park should be allowed.


Arctic Discovery Confirms Impact of Global Warming
August 6th, 2010

The discovery of HMS Investigator, a British ship that sank 155 years ago while searching for Sir John Franklin’s doomed Northwest Passage expedition, is proof enough that the Arctic is affected by global warming.


Chevron Wins C$103M Bid for Canada Arctic Rights
August 6th, 2010

Chevron Corp has acquired an exploration license for the Beaufort Sea in Canada’s Far North with a C$103.3 million bid as the country gets set to review offshore drilling following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


NASA Simulates Space in Arctic
August 6th, 2010

Simulating the arid, rocky terrain explorers might encounter on future space missions to planets and moons, from July 26 to August 8, 2010, the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) is conducting robotic field test at the Haughton Crater on Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic.



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