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Archive for September, 2010 :

Senators Object To Arctic Refuge Wilderness Review
September 30th, 2010

Alaska’s U.S. senators say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has no business conducting reviews of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to see if more areas should be designated as wilderness.


Nuclear Merchant Ships Could Open Up Arctic Routes for Real
September 30th, 2010

British business interests are suggesting that it may be time to revive the idea of nuclear-powered commercial shipping.


Arctic Soil Study Turns Up Surprising Results
September 30th, 2010

Across the globe, the diversity of plant and animal species generally increases from the North and South Poles towards the Equator but surprisingly that rule isn’t true for soil bacteria, according to a new study by Queen’s University biology professor Paul Grogan.


New Arctic Drifting Research Station
September 30th, 2010

The first group of Russian Arctic researchers is leaving Murmansk this week to prepare North Pole 38, the research station on the ice.


The New Rules: Global Warming Shifts Focus to the Friendly North
September 30th, 2010

According to virtually all global warming projections, humanity faces significantly more conflict in the decades ahead as we fight over dwindling resources in climate-stressed lands.


Surgut, Bashneft Cleared To Bid for Arctic Oil Fields
September 30th, 2010

Russia’s Surgutneftegaz and Bashneft were given the go ahead by the Ministry of Natural Resources to bid for the huge Arctic Trebs and Titov oil fields, a ministry source said on Monday.


Grounded Barge Moved To Oliktok Point
September 30th, 2010

The partially sunken barge Stryker was refloated and moved onshore at Oliktok Point Sept. 21, owner Bowhead Transport Company reports.


Exhibition Entitled Intuit Art from the Canadian Arctic Opens in New Delhi
September 30th, 2010

The Secretary Culture Shri Jawhar Sircar inaugurated an international exhibition on “Intuit Art” from the Canadian Arctic in New Delhi today.


Arctic Ships Sail Into Policy Vacuum
September 30th, 2010

The waterways of the Canadian Arctic are getting busier. The prospect of an ice-free summer and the potential for a shorter trading route due to reduced sea ice cover may result in a longer shipping season between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the fabled Northwest Passage.


A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Polar Bears in the Arctic from Being a Burden to the Planet
September 30th, 2010

There is nothing truly more despondent than the general plight of the noble Polar Bear, whose home and very livelihood is now threatened with utter extinguishment due to the Northern Pole soon to become entirely devoid of ice.


Icelandic President Welcomes Signs of Russian Constructive Dialogue on Arctic
September 27th, 2010

Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson has welcomed the holding of the Arctic Forum in Moscow as a sign of Russia’s willingness to engage over the future of the continent.


India to Bid for Share in Russia’s Arctic Oil Reserves
September 27th, 2010

India’s leading oil and gas firm, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will bid for Russian oil reserves in the Trebs and Titov Arctic region. ONGC, the only foreign company to bid for the oil deposits will place its bid through its Russian subsidiary, Nord Imperial.


Inuit Plan Arctic-wide Oil, Gas, Mineral Summit
September 27th, 2010

Inuit from around the circumpolar world will soon hold a summit in either Nuuk, Greenland or Iqaluit, Nunavut to discuss Arctic oil, gas and mineral development, Aqqaluk Lynge, president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, said Wednesday.


A Troubling Decline in the Caribou Herds of the Arctic
September 27th, 2010

Across the Far North, populations of caribou — an indispensable source of food and clothing for indigenous people — are in steep decline. Scientists point to rising temperatures and a resource-development boom as the prime culprits.


Sudden Chill in Northern Oceans Interrupted Global Warming in 1970
September 27th, 2010

Researchers believe fresh water from the Arctic coincided with a sudden world temperature drop.


Walrus Feel the Heat During Record Arctic Ice Melt
September 27th, 2010

At this time of year, Pacific walrus would normally be spread out across the Chukchi Sea of northern Alaska, using ice floes as platforms from which to feed and nurture their young. Not this year however.


Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise Sets Sail To Investigate the BP Oil Spill
September 27th, 2010

The well is now capped but is the oil breaking down or settling on the ocean floor?


Mosque Carried 2,000 Miles to Arctic Town
September 27th, 2010

A prefab mosque traveled more than 2,000 miles across Canada, has arrived in Inuvik on the last barge before winter sets in, local Muslims said.


The Race is on for Greenland’s Arctic Oilfields
September 27th, 2010

Greenland, eighty per cent covered in ice, is emerging as a potential oil producer and the race in on to get access to its fields.


Putin Calls for ‘Trust’ in Developing a Thawing Arctic
September 27th, 2010

“Mutual trust” will be the key to developing the vast resources of the Arctic and protecting its fragile ecosystems, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.


Unfreezing Arctic Assets
September 21st, 2010

A bloc of countries above the 45th parallel is poised to dominate the next century. Welcome to the New North.


Newly Discovered Arctic Graves Could Be Tied To Franklin Expedition
September 21st, 2010

A British adventurer has piqued the interest of the Canadian government after reporting the discovery of skeletal human remains on a small, unnamed island in Arctic waters close to where members of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition are known to have disappeared more than 160 years ago.


Russia to Scrutinize Bid by India’s ONGC for Strategic Arctic Oil Fields
September 21st, 2010

Russia’s government will examine whether India’s Oil & Natural Gas Corp., known as ONGC, has the right to bid for the Trebs and Titov fields under the country’s strategic resources laws.


Arctic Success: Cairn Continues Drilling Offshore Greenland
September 21st, 2010

Cairn (LON:CNE) has seen shows of both oil and natural gas with its Alpha-1S1 exploration well in the Arctic waters offshore Greenland.


Arctic Offshore Drilling Review Gains Scope
September 21st, 2010

The National Energy Board said Monday it broadened the scope of its Arctic offshore drilling review to reflect public input in the multi-phase process.


Global NATO Raises Alarms from Arctic to Brazil
September 21st, 2010

“NATO’s drive to the east has taken it to China’s borders and its plans for the south are just as far-reaching. Moving into the South Atlantic permits the military alliance to penetrate alike Latin America and Africa, especially its oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, and positions it for the impending battle for Antarctica and its resources which will parallel that over the Arctic.”


Russia’s Rosneft Drops Bid for Arctic Fields-Ifax
September 21st, 2010

Russia’s largest crude producer Rosneft has decided not to bid for one of the country’s last big unallotted oil fields, Interfax quoted its new head as saying on Monday.


Canada, Russia Expect to Win Arctic Claims at UN
September 21st, 2010

The foreign ministers of Russia and Canada both said Thursday they expect the United Nations to rule in favour of their nations’ respective rival claims to Arctic resources.


“The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue”
September 21st, 2010

On September 22-23, the forum, entitled “The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue,” will be held in Moscow. It is to focus on the challenges of climate change, the effects of human activity, issues concerning natural resources and ways to ensure sustainable development in the Arctic region.


Arctic Shipping Gets Boring
September 21st, 2010

In many conversations in the last few years, the environmental sociologist Robert Brulle has pointed to research showing how changes that seem jarring to one generation — signs that the human-heated climate is transforming frozen places — become normal to the next.


Russia Launches North Pole-38 Drifting Station
September 21st, 2010

Preparations for the launching of the North Pole-38 drifting station are in full swing at the base of the local hydro-meteorological centre in the polar city of Murmansk.


Arctic Ice in Death Spiral
September 21st, 2010

The carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels have melted the Arctic sea ice to its lowest volume since before the rise of human civilization, dangerously upsetting the energy balance of the entire planet, climate scientists are reporting.


Arctic Tanker Stuck in Northwest Passage Passes Inspection
September 21st, 2010

A fuel tanker that was stuck in the Northwest Passage for two weeks is allowed to have its diesel cargo pumped back on board for transport to remote Nunavut communities.


Inuit Loophole for Sealskin Sporrans
September 21st, 2010

Scottish kilt makers who have been prevented from making sealskin sporrans due to an EU trade ban have been handed a lifeline by the Inuit.


Two Billion RUB on Arctic Shelf Studies
September 21st, 2010

Russia will spend about two billion RUB on studies of the Arctic shelf as part of its bid to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.


Shell Given Go Ahead on Tailings Scheme
September 21st, 2010

Shell Canada received conditional approval for a tailings plan for its Muskeg River project the same day Greenpeace held a protest at the Energy Resources Conservation Board.


Fairbanks’ Bid for Arctic Games Gets a Boost
September 21st, 2010

Organizers say Fairbanks might have the lead as it looks to host the 2014 Arctic Winter Games.


Walrus Again Forced To Flee Melting Arctic Sea Ice
September 21st, 2010

For the third time in the past four years Walrus again find themselves forced onto land due to retreating sea ice.


Arctic Microbes Sleep for 100 Million Years
September 21st, 2010

Heat-loving bugs at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean may spend a hundred million years waiting for things to warm up, according to a new study.


UK’s Oldest Known Arctic Tern Returns To Roost
September 21st, 2010

Bird originally caught on the Farne Islands in 1980 reunited with the man who ringed it.


Youngest Sailor Sets Sail Under Sea Shepherd Flag
September 8th, 2010

The youngest girl to attempt to sail around the world alone has set sail, under the Sea Shepherd flag.



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