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Archive for November, 2010 :

Anglo to Focus Exploration on S.America, Arctic
November 30th, 2010

Anglo American is focusing the bulk of its exploration efforts on copper and nickel in South America and the Arctic, while any further growth in iron ore will come from joint ventures or acquisitions.


Emerging From the Shadow
November 30th, 2010

Canada’s strong economic performance has given it a long-sought place in the global spotlight. Now the question it faces: what to do with its new power.


Backyard Drilling Against Your Will
November 30th, 2010

Drilling in highly populated areas has become completely out of control. We cannot drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for fear of disturbing the pristine environment and the polar bears, but we gladly drill just yards from our schools, homes and churches.


Reforms Needed Before We Drill in the Arctic
November 30th, 2010

Before allowing new Arctic Ocean drilling, the Obama administration should realistically assess the likely effects of spills and ensure that needed regulations and enforcement resources exist.


Norway’s Statoil Eyes Arctic Reserves
November 30th, 2010

The payoffs for exploring for oil and gas near the coast of Greenland could be substantial, Norwegian energy company Statoil said.


Arctic’s Airports May Soon Get Southern Security Levels
November 30th, 2010

You may face delays due to fog, snow or tardy passengers, who haven’t made it to the airport yet, but one thing you won’t face when flying in northern Canada is the possibility of a public groping or other indignities of air travel in a post 911 universe.


Polar Bears Spotted Swimming with Cubs On Back
November 30th, 2010

Polar bears have been spotted carrying their cubs on their backs while they swim through icy waters, according to researchers.


Rapid Thaw of Permafrost Concerns Climate Experts
November 30th, 2010

Gas locked inside Siberia’s frozen soil and under its lakes has been seeping out since the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. But in the past few decades, as the Earth has warmed, the icy ground has begun thawing more rapidly, accelerating the release of methane – a greenhouse gas 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide – at a perilous rate.


Critical Overreach: On Balance, Habitat Rule for Bears Isn’t Worth It
November 30th, 2010

When considering the federal government’s decision to label almost 200,000 square miles of Arctic Ocean and North Slope coastline as “critical habitat” for polar bears, understand this: It does little to help the bears.


Arctic Blast Means North East ‘Cut Off’ From Rest of the Country
November 30th, 2010

North east Scotland is still isolated from the rest of the country after roads linking the area with the central belt were closed.


Prospects for Racing Look Grim as Arctic Conditions Continue to Bite
November 30th, 2010

Prospects for jumps racing in Ireland and Britain this week look bleak as the Arctic conditions continue to bite.


Whale of a Tale About the Earth
November 30th, 2010

In the 20th century humans decimated whale populations around the globe by 1.5 million animals. Recent reports clearly show that whales are helping researchers determine atmospheric science, Arctic oceanography, the extent of global warming, marine food web nutrition and record breaking migration patterns.


Seven-Class Feast for Team Arctic at Spirit National SnoCross
November 30th, 2010

Team Arctic racers devoured the traditional Thanksgiving feast at the Spirit National Snocross in Duluth, Minn., claiming seven victories at the first stop on the ISOC National Tour, leaving only table scraps for the competition.


Arctic Snow-Kiting Trek Makes Guinness Record
November 30th, 2010

Two Canadian adventurers have set a Guinness World Record for kite-skiing across Greenland’s massive ice cap last year.


Litepanels Equipment Used to Shoot Arctic Film
November 30th, 2010

Two filmmakers have used Litepanels’ broadcast camera equipment to shoot a movie set in the Arctic.


The Arctic Sea Competition and Key Strategic Challenges for Europe (Part One)
November 30th, 2010

For some years, the Arctic Ocean increasingly has become the focus of international interests. In particular the competition for resources – notably oil and gas – has significantly raised the importance of this area for the future global economy.


The Arctic Sea Competition: Strategic Competition (Part 2)
November 30th, 2010

When it comes to the North Pole and the question of who wins the race for the Arctic, two major interests are rising: energy and security. Therefore Arctic neighbor states regularly assert their national interests in this region.


Unlock the Secrets of the Russian Arctic
November 30th, 2010

Aurora Expeditions is once again pushing the boundaries of adventure travel with two brand-new voyages to the Russian Arctic; a land of complex history, unique cultures, inspiring landscapes and astounding wildlife.


World Warmer, But Trends at Odds: Report
November 30th, 2010

The global average temperature has increased over the past 160 years, but short-term trends in temperature and sea ice seem to be at odds with each other and need more research; according to UK scientists.


Five Lanes Planned for West Dowling Road
November 30th, 2010

Over the next four years, the state plans to build a big crosstown road that will change the way many drivers get around Anchorage: West Dowling Road, running east and west from the Old Seward Highway to Minnesota Drive.


Alaska, Revisited
November 30th, 2010

It’s not every day a student can listen to a teacher tell a story about hunting walruses in the Arctic Circle, especially from firsthand experience.


Could a Massive Dam Between Alaska and Russia Save the Arctic?
November 27th, 2010

Two years ago a science writer from the Netherlands proposed a radical solution to combat melting in the Arctic. In his “North Pole Rescue Plan,” Rolf Schuttenhelm suggests blocking the flow of water from the Bering Sea into the Arctic Ocean.


Russian Arctic Under Satellite Control
November 27th, 2010

Center of Space Monitoring of the Arctic Region was opened today on November 18 at the Institute of the Information & Space Technologies of the Northern Arctic Federal University.


Canadians Closing In On Lost Wreckage of HMS Terror
November 27th, 2010

It’s a genuine treasure of American history, with a price tag to match: a rare, 195-year-old printing of the original sheet music for the Star-Spangled Banner is expected to sell for up to $300,000 at an auction next week in New York.


Should Oil Firms be Allowed to Fund Climate Change Research?
November 27th, 2010

Two oil companies have paid to use a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker for research that could help them make a case for offshore drilling in the Arctic, CBC News reported Tuesday.


Don’t Drill, Baby!
November 27th, 2010

Right about now in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, dozens of pregnant female polar bears are preparing to give birth in dens they dug into the snowdrifts last month, unaware that the fate of their home, and possibly their species, hinges on the price of gasoline.


Drilling in Offshore Alaska Arctic
November 27th, 2010

Latest industry estimates are that the new drilling technologies have given and will give the US about 100 years worth of gas reserves from unconventional ‘tight’ shales, sands, carbonates and hydrocarbon ‘source’ rocks.


Coast Guard Equipment, Training Found Wanting by Internal Audit
November 27th, 2010

The Canadian Coast Guard lacks the training, equipment and management systems to fulfil its duties to respond to offshore pollution incidents such as oil spills, an internal audit reveals.


Critical Habitat Designation Will Adversely Impact Alaska Natives
November 27th, 2010

Today’s decision to designate more than 187,000 square miles across the North Slope as “critical habitat” for polar bears disproportionately impacts Alaska Natives.


Inuit Midwife Delivers in the Outback
November 27th, 2010

Remote regions of Australia are fertile ground for a revolution in maternity care. Leading the way is Mina Tulugak, an activist from Canada’s Arctic.


‘The World in 2050’: The Arctic and Everything Below
November 27th, 2010

Everyone wants to predict the future, but Laurence Smith actually does so in his new book, “The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Our Civilization’s Northern Future” (Dutton, 2010).


‘Arctic Gardens’ Offers Firsthand Accounts of Northern Survival
November 27th, 2010

In “Arctic Gardens: Voices from an Abundant Land,” Ayers and co-authors Landon Pennington and Dave Harman, have told the stories of how indigenous residents of Alaska and northern Canada rely on the land, water and air as “gardens.”


Polar Bears’ Arctic Habitat Gets New Protections
November 27th, 2010

An area larger than the state of California covering the Arctic Alaska coastline, barrier islands and icy seas will be protected as critical habitat for polar bears, with development severely restricted, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Wednesday.


Ten Inches of Snow Forecast as Arctic Weekend Arrives
November 27th, 2010

Nearly a foot of snow is forecast to fall on higher ground on Saturday with even London and the Midlands experiencing flurries as the country faces a bitterly cold weekend.


Yukoners’ Arctic Trek Makes Guinness Record
November 27th, 2010

Two Yukon-based adventurers have set a Guinness World Record for kite-skiing across Greenland’s massive ice cap last year.


Northern Lights Top Off Arctic Adventure
November 27th, 2010

The Norwegians may struggle to make the cut at Eurovision, but no one knows how to have better fun during the winter as I learned during a trip to Finnmark at the northern tip of Norway.


Rare Arctic Bird Found in County as Polar Conditions are Forecast for 2 Weeks
November 27th, 2010

Freezing polar conditions have reached Lincolnshire – and they’ve brought a rare Arctic bird with them.


Protect Arctic Refuge
November 27th, 2010

The new Congress sure has some crazy ideas for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but the American people have been keeping it wild for generations.


One Scientist’s Hobby: Recreating the Ice Age
November 27th, 2010

Russian scientist Sergey Zimov is reintroducing animals to the land where they once roamed in millions to demonstrate his theory that filling the vast emptiness of Siberia with grass-eating animals can slow global warming.


Kent Couple Drive to Arctic Circle for Cancer Charity
November 27th, 2010

A Kent couple are driving to the most northerly point on mainland Europe to raise money for a blood cancer charity.


Arctic Explorer Faces a Local Obstacle
November 27th, 2010

Mille Porsild has brought her adventures to classrooms around the world. But her canine teammates have run afoul of an Afton ordinance that restricts private kennels to up to five dogs.


In Russia, a Push for Floating Nuclear Power Plants
November 22nd, 2010

Servicing Russia’s far-flung communities has never been easy. The job has been handled largely by Russia’s fleet of nuclear-powered ice-breakers, hulking vessels that have the massive horsepower needed to ram sea ice up to two meters thick and bring in needed supplies.


Arctic Seen as Possible Shipping Route for Massive Industrial Components
November 22nd, 2010

As protesters clog a new corridor built to transport the massive building blocks of a new oil sands mine, a small Northwest Territories company has suddenly found itself showered with interest by Asian companies looking for an alternative.


Canadian North Welcomes New Arctic Food Scheme
November 22nd, 2010

“No longer will the government be in the business of tilting the balance of competitive power.”


Moscow Opens Up on Arctic Claims
November 22nd, 2010

Russia had to be more transparent in its claims to the arctic because the United Nations wouldn’t accept previous claims to natural resources, a geologist said.


Arctic Drilling Poses Untold Risks, Study Concludes
November 22nd, 2010

Now that the moratorium on deep-sea oil and gas drilling has been lifted by the Obama administration, the battle for the Arctic is heating up again.


Cairn Energy Refuse to Publish Full Oil Spill Plan
November 22nd, 2010

The Scots-based energy firm involved in oil exploration in the Arctic has refused to publish full details of its contingency plan should a spill occur.


NZ Probe Tracks Ice Changes in Antarctica
November 22nd, 2010

New Zealand scientists in Antarctica are using a new high-tech probe to track the interaction between the ocean, Antarctica’s sea ice and ice shelves.


Leaking Siberian Ice Raises a Tricky Climate Issue
November 22nd, 2010

Gas locked inside Siberia’s frozen soil and under its lakes has been seeping out since the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago.


Islam in Arctic
November 22nd, 2010

The Canadian Arctic’s first mosque is pictured on its opening Wednesday, November 10, 2010 in Inuvik where it will to serve as spiritual home to the area’s fledgling Islamic community.


As Arctic Temperatures Rise, Tundra Fires Increase
November 22nd, 2010

Models built on 60 years of climate and fire data found that even moderate increases in warm-season temperatures in the region dramatically increase the likelihood of such fires.


National Monument Status Urged for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
November 22nd, 2010

Forget healthcare reform, cap and trade, deficit reduction. For congressional stalemates, there’s no more evergreen a fight than whether to drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Arctic Sea Case in Court
November 22nd, 2010

The Prosecutor General’s Office sent a case against six people accused of hijacking the Arctic Sea freighter last year to the Arkhangelsk regional court on Friday, the prosecutor’s office said on its web site.


Gyllenhaal Plans Arctic Birthday
November 22nd, 2010

Jake Gyllenhaal is planning a 30th birthday to remember – he’s jetting off to the Arctic to face his fear of freezing temperatures and frightening mammals.


Sharply Cooler Temperatures to Arrive on Thanksgiving
November 22nd, 2010

Thanksgiving comes with the taste of winter this year – clouds, showers and what probably will be the first widespread freeze of the season.


Beating the Arctic Blast
November 22nd, 2010

The forecast and fear is keeping the local hardware stores busy. Walking through the doors of any home store, you can’t miss them: Snow shovels of every shape, size and color.


Effort Launched to Prevent Drilling in Arctic Refuge
November 20th, 2010

Environmentalists fear the new GOP majority in the House might renew attempts to open the Alaska region for development.


Time to Commit in the Arctic
November 20th, 2010

President Obama needs to finish something that started the year before he was born. That’s when President Eisenhower set aside the pristine wilderness in the northeast corner of Alaska that we know today as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Southwestern B.C. Braces for Snow
November 20th, 2010

Environment Canada is forecasting more snow is on the way for B.C.’s South Coast and southeastern Vancouver Island, as an arctic cold front pushes cold air down from the mountains and across Metro Vancouver and the islands.


Hopes Rise of Fitting Honour for the Arctic Convoy Heroes
November 20th, 2010

The last surviving veterans of the Russian Convoys have been given hope that their efforts in the Second World War will at last be recognised with a campaign medal.


Arctic Explorer Speaks to Students
November 20th, 2010

Surviving sub-zero temperatures and extreme terrain is no small feat. Those are experiences one Minnesota native and arctic explorer shared with students at Superior Middle School Thursday.


Decision Near on $16-Billion Arctic Gas Pipeline
November 19th, 2010

A final decision on building the long-delayed Mackenzie Gas Project is expected next month after Canada endorsed most of the recommendations of a report on its likely environmental and social effect.


The Arctic Sea Competition and Key Strategic Challenges for Europe (Part One)
November 19th, 2010

For some years, the Arctic Ocean increasingly has become the focus of international interests. In particular the competition for resources — notably oil and gas — has significantly raised the importance of this area for the future global economy.


Presidential Forum to Feature Arctic Regions
November 19th, 2010

Finland’s President Tarja Halonen has invited key speakers to highlight Arctic issues for the next Presidential Forum in Helsinki on November 23rd.


U.S. Oil Imports Shrink, Yet Worries Loom
November 19th, 2010

According to some October statistics released by the American Petroleum Institute, the United States imported 10.75 million barrels of oil a day last month, a decrease of 133,000 barrels a day from October 2009.


An Arctic Cold War with Russia?
November 19th, 2010

Some fear that melting Arctic sea ice could trigger a new “great game” between the United States and Russia as they and other Arctic coastal states race to extract newly accessible energy and minerals resources.


Prosecutors Get 6 Arctic Sea Cases
November 19th, 2010

Investigations into six suspected hijackers of the Arctic Sea freighter have been completed and sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Investigative Committee said Wednesday.


59% of Black Carbon in Arctic Comes from EU
November 19th, 2010

The EU is responsible for 59% of black carbon emissions in the Arctic, according to an impact assessment discussed by a group of experts in Brussels on Thursday.


Arctic Air to Chill Thanksgiving
November 19th, 2010

It’s shaping up to be a mild weekend, with temperatures expected to approach 70 by Sunday. Unfortunately, those warm temperatures will be long gone by the time the Thanksgiving holiday arrives.


Hungry Polar Bears Loiter on Hudson Bay Coast Waiting for Ice
November 19th, 2010

Hundreds of polar bears were spotted on the west coast of Hudson Bay earlier this week, waiting for ice that is almost a month late forming.


Inuit Carvings Part of New Arctic Museum Exhibition
November 19th, 2010

The Arctic Museum’s latest exhibit titled “Imagination Takes Shape,” features roughly one third of a huge collection of contemporary Inuit carvings and prints given to the College by Judith and Robert Toll.


Final Decision on Canadian Arctic Pipeline Near
November 17th, 2010

A final decision on building the long-delayed Mackenzie Gas Project is expected next month after Canada endorsed most of the recommendations of a report on its likely environmental and social impact.


Cold Oil Facts: 5 Reasons NOT to Drill in the Arctic
November 17th, 2010

New drilling is on hold in Alaska, much to the chagrin of many Alaskan politicians. Here are five reasons why oil and gas drilling in the Arctic should stay on hold.


Canada’s North at Risk for Terrorism, Human Trafficking
November 17th, 2010

Canada must not ignore the struggles of its isolated northern communities as it works to solidify the country’s Arctic security, a new report urges.


Climate Change a Top Fear in North: Report
November 17th, 2010

Northern Canadians are more worried about the impacts of climate change on their communities than the risk of terrorist threats, according to a report on Arctic security by the Conference Board of Canada.


Climategate Scientist Insists Sceptics Will Accept Global Warming When Arctic Ice Melts
November 17th, 2010

Professor Phil Jones, the scientist at the centre of the Climategate row, has insisted that global warming sceptics will be won over once the negative effects become obvious.


Arctic’s ‘Fiery Ice’ is Potential New Energy Source
November 17th, 2010

Scientists drill through permafrost to assess challenges in harnessing gas hydrates, a source of clean-burning methane.


Arctic Sea Ice Drops Fast in 2010, to Near-Record Lows
November 17th, 2010

Arctic sea ice coverage appears to have dropped to its lowest extent for the year as of last week, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced today (Sept. 15).


Arctic Cold Fronts En Route to Western Montana
November 17th, 2010

Two snowstorms and an arctic breakout could bring an abrupt start of winter in western Montana starting Tuesday.


Arctic Explorer’s Race Against Time
November 17th, 2010

“Northern Passage,” a small fiberglass sailing boat, recently completed an 18,000-kilometer voyage around the Arctic, crossing through both the Northeast and Northwest passages in just three and a half months.


First Circumnavigation of Arctic Completed
November 17th, 2010

The Russian yacht, Peter 1, has completed the circumnavigation of the seas of the Arctic Ocean and returned to St. Petersburg, from whence she started her voyage on June the 4th.


Arctic Drilling Sites
November 14th, 2010

Darkness, extreme weather and shifting sea ice could delay efforts to stop an oil well blow-out in the Arctic Ocean for six months or more, trapping spewed oil in ice for up to a decade, according to a report from the Pew Environment Group.


Arctic Waters Vulnerable to Oil Spill: Report
November 14th, 2010

An oil spill in the Arctic Ocean would be so hard to clean up that offshore development there should be put on hold, a U.S. environmental group said Friday.


Britain Must Sharpen Focus on Security in High North as Arctic Thaws
November 14th, 2010

British defence secretary Liam Fox has signalled his country’s growing attention to security in the high north by joining a meeting of Nordic and Baltic defence ministers.


The Explorers 2010: Northern Alaska & Arctic Offshore
November 14th, 2010

It is perhaps helpful to consider oil exploration and development in Arctic Alaska in the context of five distinct but interrelated trends.


Will An Arctic Blast Hit Next Week? Some Forecasters Say Yes
November 14th, 2010

Is there an Arctic outbreak with snow at lower elevations in store for the Pacific Northwest soon?


Ted Danson Testifies in Alaska on Arctic Drilling Drew Barrymore News
November 13th, 2010

Ted Danson told regulators that far more research is needed before drilling should be allowed in the Arctic Ocean.


ArcelorMittal in Arctic Swoop
November 13th, 2010

ArcelorMittal has joined the scramble for a huge iron ore deposit on Baffin Island in the high Arctic with an agreed C$433m bid for Toronto-based Baffinland Iron Mines.


Federal Funding at Stake at Arctic Gateway Summit
November 13th, 2010

ACHIEVING federal “gateway” status for the Arctic Gateway, starting in Winnipeg and including the Port of Churchill, could mean access to millions of future federal dollars to spur growth in the region.


Manitoba to Develop Arctic Gateway Strategy
November 13th, 2010

An Arctic Gateway Strategy will be developed with the feedback and outcomes from Manitoba’s Arctic Summit, according to Premier Greg Selinger.


Arctic World Music
November 13th, 2010

One of the most fascinating releases in recent months is Jienat’s album, Mira (CD + Blu-Ray disc), a project led by Norwegian musician Andreas Fliflet.


Cruise Ships and the Arctic, Subject of New Book
November 13th, 2010

Can cruise tourism ever be sustainable? That is the question UNBC Outdoor Tourism and Recreation Management Professor Patrick Maher set out to answer.


Bryant Student and Professor United by Rare Arctic Fossils
November 13th, 2010

By peering deep into the molecules of fossilized conifer needles, a Bryant University senior has become a partner in a Bryant faculty member’s research into global climate change.


Arctic Terror Threats Real: Security Agencies
November 13th, 2010

The chilling prospect of terrorists or other extremists exploiting the Canadian Arctic has attracted the watchful eye of federal security agencies.


A Witch Hunt Against Climate Scientists?
November 13th, 2010

As a climate scientist, Dr. George Divoky may soon find himself as potential prey to a species with far less grace and class than polar bears — newly empowered Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Luxurious Sea Spirit Cruises the Antarctic Peninsula for the First Time
November 13th, 2010

Since 1991, Quark Expeditions has specialized in polar cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica. Today, the company, which operates the largest fleet of polar adventure ships in the Southern Ocean, announced the addition of Sea Spirit.


Canadian Polar Commission Board Named
November 9th, 2010

There is a new board of directors at the Canadian Polar Commission, which had been without a board for over two years.


Nothing to Stop Petroleum Exploration in Lancaster Sound: Analysis
November 9th, 2010

The environment group that joined this summer with Inuit leaders to block the Canadian government’s proposed seabed survey of Lancaster Sound says a new legal analysis of the ecologically sensitive Arctic water body shows petroleum exploration could proceed in the area unless federal agencies take protective action.


Shell Presses for Drilling in Arctic
November 9th, 2010

Eager to win approval for its stalled plan to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, Royal Dutch Shell is beginning a public lobbying campaign, including national advertising.


Baird Gets Canada Arctic Gas Responsibility-Report
November 9th, 2010

Interim Canadian Environment Minister John Baird will assume responsibility for the stalled C$16.2 billion ($16.2 billion) Mackenzie Arctic gas pipeline following the resignation of predecessor Jim Prentice, CBC News reported.


Vladimir Radyuhin: Arctic’s Strategic Value for Russia
November 9th, 2010

Russia and the United States have made headway in improving their relations on arms control, Afghanistan and Iran but there is one area where their “reset” may yet run aground — the Arctic.


Northern Rescuers Almost All Southern Based
November 9th, 2010

Search and rescue technicians are almost all based in Southern Canada, even though most of Canada’s remote and hard-to-reach areas are in the North, according to the Conference Board of Canada’s Waiting to Be Rescued map, the latest in its Here, the North series.


Technological Breakthrough for the Russian Arctic
November 9th, 2010

Russia’s ambitious goals in the Arctic can only be reached with the introduction of advanced technology, Murmansk Governor Dmitri Dmitriyenko says in a newspaper interview.


WFS Technologies Develops Radio for AUVs in Arctic Seas
November 9th, 2010

Underwater robots operating in the Arctic could soon be able to communicate through ice for the first time thanks to work by a British firm.


Ottawa Mulls Arming Coast Guard Vessels Bound For Arctic
November 9th, 2010

Ottawa is mulling the arming of Coast Guard vessels bound for the Arctic to strengthen Canada’s presence in the north.


Arctic University Proponents Meet in Yellowknife
November 9th, 2010

People who support the idea of a university in Canada’s North met in Yellowknife this week to discuss how to go about establishing such an institution.


Iceland Sees Icesave Agreement in 2010
November 9th, 2010

Negotiations on repayment of $5 billion lost by British and Dutch investors in Iceland’s 2008 banking crash are likely to be resolved by the end of this year, the island’s foreign minister said.


Arctic Melting Sets International Issues Bubbling
November 9th, 2010

A congressional report says melting Arctic ice driven by global warming poses new opportunities and new challenges for international cooperation.


Ocean pH Dropping Faster Than Expected
November 9th, 2010

Thanks to rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, some Arctic waters are already experiencing pH dips that could be harmful to sea life. What’s more, this acidification seems to be happening more rapidly than models have predicted.


Residents, Church Vie For History-Rich Russian Isles
November 9th, 2010

The Solovetsky Islands, less than 100 miles from the Arctic Circle, have become a popular destination. Their history is dramatic — and that drama is still being played out.


Kaplan Finds Interest in Indigenous Arctic Civilizations
November 9th, 2010

The employees of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum are used to wearing many different hats, and not just for staying warm in the cold weather.


Scientist Lives with Endangered Tribe To Save Disappearing Language
November 9th, 2010

A British adventurer has been living near the Arctic Circle for the last three months with an endangered tribe so that he can record their rapidly disappearing culture and language.


‘Arctic Electric Vehicle’ Wins Top Honors
November 9th, 2010

Wasilla inventor Chris Hunter’s idea for an “Arctic Electric Vehicle” earned top honors at the 2010 Arctic Innovation Competition last weekend in Fairbanks.


Town in Perpetual Night Receives Ultimate Night Lights
November 9th, 2010

In an attempt to lighten the Norwegian town’s mood about the forthcoming four months of night, Philips has launched a science experiment it calls “Wake Up the Town.” And anyone who’s complained about the brief daylight hours in winter will want to know how it works.


Stranded Russians Poised to Leave St. John’s
November 9th, 2010

Workers aboard a popular Arctic cruise ship who’ve been stranded in St. John’s since authorities seized the vessel six weeks ago in will be heading home to Russia starting Saturday.


Staples High Teen Inspired by Arctic Adventure
November 9th, 2010

A contest essay submission this past Spring was a Westport teen’s golden ticket, affording him passage to an arctic adventure and ambassadorship … and now he’s come home enlightened and with tales aplenty.


A Hotel Like No Other in Arctic Norway
November 9th, 2010

A trek to a ship-hotel frozen into the ice in the middle of the Arctic wastes makes for the trip of a lifetime — as long as you can keep your feet warm.


Polar Commission Still Lacks Board After 2 Years
November 4th, 2010

The ongoing absence of a board of directors at the Canadian Polar Commission could hurt Arctic research, says one prominent researcher.


Siemens Inks Arctic Oil Contract With Eni
November 4th, 2010

Siemens has signed a contract with the oil company Eni on delivery of an onshore electrification system for the Goliat oil field outside Hammerfest, Northern Norway.


Transneft, Partners to Finance Arctic Pipe to 2013
November 4th, 2010

OAO Transneft, Russia’s pipeline operator, and its partners will finance design and construction of the Zapolyarye-Purpe oil pipeline until 2013, according to a government order published today.


Manitoba Envisions Route Straight Into Heart of Asia
November 4th, 2010

Manitoba is pushing hard to turn Canada’s Arctic into an international trade zone, and aims to transform Winnipeg into an air-cargo hub to and from Asia.


‘The Northern Dimension’ as Innovation Project
November 4th, 2010

In 2006 the participants decided to implement joint projects as part of the Northern Dimension initiative and not deal with an issue of Arctic resources.


U.S. Department of Justice Limits Investigation of the U.S. Packaged Ice
November 4th, 2010

Arctic Glacier Income Fund today commented on recently released information indicating the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not be taking further action against Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc. of Dallas, Texas related to its investigation into the U.S. packaged ice industry.


Canada’s Arctic Rescuers Not Based in North
November 4th, 2010

Search and rescue crews that conduct Arctic rescue missions are based nowhere near the Arctic, according to the Conference Board of Canada.


Arctic Lake Yields Planet’s Most Continuous Record of Ancient Climate
November 4th, 2010

It took the better part of a decade, $10 million, and help from the guys who build ice roads for Canadian truckers. But scientists now have the most continuous record of ancient climate ever extracted from the terrestrial Arctic.


Deep-diving Narwhals Aid Arctic Research
November 4th, 2010

Scientists trying to measure the impact of climate change in Baffin Bay — the vast arm of the Arctic Ocean that separates Canada and Greenland — have employed narwhals as research assistants to gather temperature data from the icy depths.


Arctic Temperatures Increasing
November 4th, 2010

Arctic sea ice coverage was the third-lowest on record this summer, signalling that 2010 has seen a return to dramatic warming, according to the latest Arctic Report Card.



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