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Archive for October, 2010 :

Arctic Warming and Increased Shipping
October 31st, 2010

The increased Arctic ship traffic will not only mean more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere but will also bring with it air pollution in form of engine exhaust particles.


Russia’s Bashneft Poised to Win Arctic Fields-Sources
October 31st, 2010

Russian mid-sized oil company, Bashneft, is almost guaranteed to more than double its crude reserves after it became the solo contender for the huge Trebs and Titov oil fields in the Arctic, sources said.


AP Interview: CG Admiral Asks For Arctic Resources
October 31st, 2010

The advent of Russian shipping across the Arctic is of particular concern to Alaska and the U.S., which calls for more U.S. Coast Guard facilities and equipment in the area to secure U.S. claims and prepare for increased human activity, says US Coast Guard Admiral.


F-35 Buy Could Trigger Arctic Arms Race: Expert
October 31st, 2010

A government purchase of F-35 fighter jets could cause “angst in Russia” and trigger an Arctic arms race, Arctic sovereignty expert Michael Byers said.


Imperial, BP Pitch Arctic Drilling to Northerners
October 31st, 2010

Residents of Inuvik, N.W.T., have mixed reactions to plans by Imperial Oil and BP to explore for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea.


Greens Oppose Russia’s Arctic Energy Plans
October 31st, 2010

After last summer’s oil spill in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, environmentalists are increasingly alarmed by Russia’s massive oil and gas drilling plans for the Arctic.


Protect Arctic, U.N. Tells World Leaders
October 31st, 2010

Global climate change is creating unprecedented challenges to protecting diverse ecosystems in the arctic regions, a U.N. environmental official said in Japan.


‘Unicorn’ Whales Track Arctic Temperatures
October 31st, 2010

In a paper just published in the Journal of Geophysical Research -Oceans, researchers described tagging narwhals with satellite sensors that recorded ocean depths and temperatures during feeding dives from the surface pack ice to the seafloor.


Shell, Alaska Borough Plan Joint Science Studies
October 31st, 2010

Shell Alaska and the North Slope Borough announced they will collaborate on scientific research aimed at concerns about petroleum drilling on Alaska’s Arctic Ocean outer continental shelf.


Canadian Muslims Erect First Minaret in Arctic
October 31st, 2010

Canadian Muslims have erected the Arctic’s first minaret, atop a little yellow mosque which serves as spiritual home to the area’s fledgling Islamic community.


Arctic Aurora Outburst
October 25th, 2010

Last night, Oct. 24th, an outburst of color bright enough to rival the Moon spread across the skies of Scandinavia.


Oil, Gas Reserves In Arctic Comparable To Gulf, Western Siberia – Scientist
October 24th, 2010

The amount of identified hydrocarbon reserves in the Arctic is the world’s third largest after the Persian Gulf and Western Siberia, Russian news agency, Itar-Tass, reported.


EU Wants to Address Climate Change in Arctic Region
October 17th, 2010

The European Union reconfirmed on Friday its commitment to address climate change issues in the Arctic region.


Alaska Wants Arctic Drilling Suspension Lifted
October 17th, 2010

With the lifting of the six-month moratorium on deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska officials say it’s time to lift a suspension on shallow-water drilling in Arctic waters.


C.G. Drops Buoy Into Arctic Ocean
October 17th, 2010

If you need to get a 350-pound buoy into the Arctic Ocean north of Barrow, it’s good to have help from the Coast Guard.


EU Clashes with Greenland Over International Stewardship of Arctic
October 17th, 2010

Arctic Council told it is failing to safeguard the region, while EU accused of ‘panic reactions’ over deep-water drilling ban.


Is the Arctic Headed for Another Cold War?
October 17th, 2010

Arctic security wonks are gathering in Cambridge this week for a workshop on the challenges ahead for environmental security in the Arctic. Sound familiar? It should.


ANCSA Paved Way for Alaska Natives, State to Prosper Together
October 17th, 2010

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services enforcement officer Harry Pinkham got more than he bargained for when he arrested a couple Iñupiat hunters for shooting ducks around Barrow in May 1961.


Perspective from Moscow: The International Arctic Forum
October 17th, 2010

Competition for the Arctic has been growing intense since 2007. The Arctic neighboring states have proclaimed or renewed their national strategies on the Arctic. In the short-, mid- and long-term perspective, the question of who is entitled to the Arctic region and its vast store of resources remains unanswered in 2010.


Crew Circles North Pole in One Summer
October 17th, 2010

A trimaran sailing boat circled the North Pole in a single summer season, a feat made possible by global warming and the melting of the Arctic ice cap, the boat’s international crew said.


Shell Seeks to Drill Off Alaska
October 17th, 2010

Royal Dutch Shell has applied for a permit to drill in the shallow waters of Alaska’s Beaufort Sea next year and unveiled plans for an improved oil spill response system for the Arctic.


Russian Arctic Explorers Descend on Ice Floe
October 17th, 2010

The Russian polar expedition has recently found a suitable floe for the SP-38 drifting station and has landed on it. The station began its work on October 15.



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