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Polarcus to Build Arctic Seismic Vessels
December 21st, 2010

Polarcus is building two seismic vessels of the new generation type SX134 at the Ulstein Verft shipyard, to be delivered in 2012. The two new generation ULSTEIN SX134s will receive their ICE-1A* class notation from DNV, which allows these vessels to operate in Arctic waters under harsh ice conditions without the assistance of icebreakers.


Rocks, Crude Will Fuel the Future of Nunavut: Conference Board
December 21st, 2010

Mining and fossil fuel extraction are the industries that will drive future economic growth in the North, according to a new study from the Conference Board of Canada.


Last Political Hurdles for Canadian Arctic Gas Pipeline Cleared
December 21st, 2010

After 40 years of opposition from Canadian Indian and Eskimo groups and from environmentalists, a pipeline to carry Arctic gas to southern Canada has won support of native groups and been given federal approval.


Experts: Canada Must Step Up Arctic Charting
December 21st, 2010

Canada should outfit the hulls of its future fleet of Arctic patrol boats with multibeam sonar to help chart Arctic seaways around Nunavut, a mapping expert told the ArcticNet conference Dec. 16 in Ottawa.


Is the Future of Arctic Energy Oil, or Natural Gas?
December 21st, 2010

Five countries, oil entrepreneurs big and small, and activists of various types have all weighed in on the biggest remaining motherlode of energy on the planet: the Arctic.


Coast Guard Dishes Out Arctic Oil Spill Kits
December 21st, 2010

The Coast Guard has finished the distribution of oil spill cleanup kits to 19 Arctic communities at a cost of $2.26 million, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced in a press release last week.


Australian Firm with Inlet Drill Plans Now Looks at Arctic
December 21st, 2010

Buccaneer Energy wants to expand its business plan for Alaska to include the Arctic outer continental shelf, a move that would open the doors to more drilling opportunities for the company, but also jeopardizes a major source of project funding.


New Nunavik Government Plan Nearly Done
December 21st, 2010

Nunavik residents can expect to see the final agreement for a new Nunavik Regional Government some time during the early weeks of 2011.


That Snow Outside is What Global Warming Looks Like
December 21st, 2010

There is now strong evidence to suggest that the unusually cold winters of the last two years in the UK are the result of heating elsewhere.


Inuit Health a Priority for Next Phase of ArcticNet
December 21st, 2010

The impact of climate change in the North will remain the guiding force behind the next seven years of ArcticNet, but the Inuit will increasingly influence how we gauge that impact and what gets studied.


Study: 70 per cent of Nunavut is Food Insecure
December 21st, 2010

Food insecurity among Inuit, a grave problem affecting many households with children, needs more attention, said researchers who spoke Dec. 16 at the recent ArcticNet conference in Ottawa.


Arctic Training Continues Despite Warm Weather
December 21st, 2010

110 Canadian troops converge on Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Apart from mode of transportation and lack of cold weather, training has continued as planned for a group of reservists from New Brunswick.


NOAA Adjusts Charts to Stop AO Going “Off the Scale”
December 21st, 2010

Charts mapping the magnitude of the Arctic air pressure system known as the Arctic Oscillation (AO) have been adjusted to allow for the extreme state of the system by the US National Oceanic and Atmopsheric Administration (NOAA).


Long, Perilous Journey Ends with City-Built Mosque in Place in Inuvik
December 21st, 2010

Remember the Arctic mosque built in Winnipeg and hauled up near the North Pole this fall? After a long and challenging journey by road and by barge, the Midnight Sun Mosque is permanently moored on the permafrost of Inuvik.


Unmanned Aircraft Tracks Arctic Seals, Sea Ice Decline
December 21st, 2010

An unmanned drone soaring over the Arctic recently had two missions: Take pictures of the declining sea ice and pinpoint the location of seals on chunks of the ice.


Cryosat-2 Data Reveals Arctic Ocean Circulation
December 21st, 2010

Scientists have used data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ice mission, Cryosat-2 to create the first complete map of ocean circulation in the Arctic.


Curbing Carbon Emissions Can Save Polar Bears, New Study Says
December 21st, 2010

Polar bears can be saved, report says, if carbon dioxide levels are stabilized.


Pipeline: A Go
December 17th, 2010

Canada’s Mackenzie Gas Project has been approved by federal regulators, marking a new chapter in a 30-year pursuit of Arctic natural gas riches by southern producers and a territorial government seeking economic independence.


Canada Opens Northwest Territories Plateau to Mineral Exploration
December 17th, 2010

Canada’s federal government is facing a lawsuit after quietly opening a vast tract of a once-protected Arctic wilderness to mining claims.


Future Bases for the Northern Sea Route Pointed Out
December 17th, 2010

Russia plans to build railways to two northern settlements that can be used as bases for traffic along the Northern Sea Route from Europe to Asia.


Shetland Oil Spill ‘Could Reach Greenland’
December 17th, 2010

An oil spill could reach the shores of Greenland if there was a deepwater blowout near the Shetland Islands in the UK, according to a drilling firm’s disaster projections.


Continental Shelf Still Under Dispute as Deadline Approaches
December 17th, 2010

Moscow is trying to convince the international community that it has a greater claim to the Arctic.


Arctic Hybrids Not a Good Sign, Warn Scientists
December 17th, 2010

The two grizzly-polar bear hybrids discovered in Canada’s North in recent years may be the tip of the iceberg, warn a trio of U.S. scientists who say the bears are a sign that Arctic biodiversity is at risk.


“Pizzly” to Be Joined by More Arctic Hybrids?
December 17th, 2010

The two bear species — polar and grizzly, are among the 22 Arctic marine mammal species most likely to interbreed, or hybridize, in a new Arctic “melting pot,” according to a commentary published this week in the journal Nature.


A New Predator Roams Arctic Seas: the Killer Whale
December 17th, 2010

Soon polar bears may not be the top predator in Arctic waters. That job may fall to stocky, black and white killer whales.


Ancient Forest Emerges Mummified from the Arctic
December 17th, 2010

The northernmost mummified forest ever found in Canada is revealing how plants struggled to endure a long-ago global cooling.


Dinosaurs Roamed Southwest Alaska in Jurassic Period
December 17th, 2010

Imagine, dinosaurs roaming Southwest Alaska 150 to 200 million years ago. Until last summer, recent discoveries of dinosaur bones and tracks in Alaska had been restricted to the Cretaceous Period, some 80 million years ago.


Concerns Over Secret Border Deal are Just
December 14th, 2010

Since the story broke about the imminent signing of a trade and security deal by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama, the Council of Canadians has been frothing at the gills about threats to Canadian sovereignty and privacy that would be created by a “zip-lock North America.”


U.S. Navy Inviting Executives to Play “Shipping Game”
December 14th, 2010

Executives from top U.S. companies, including Wal-Mart and Exxon, are teaming up with the U.S. Navy this week in a “gaming” exercise to study how a warming Arctic Ocean and the widening of the Panama Canal could dramatically change global shipping.


China Elbows Its Way Into Discussions Over Arctic Future
December 14th, 2010

China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) signed a long-term cooperation agreement with Russia’s most experienced company on shipping oil and gas through the Arctic, Sovcomflot (SCF) – the latest in accumulating indications of a Chinese strategy to elbow its way into the opportunities for both shipping and resource development afforded by expectations of the melting Arctic ice cap.


Scottish Voyages: The Final Frontier
December 14th, 2010

These are the voyages of five Scottish figures that made it their business to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no one had gone before.


Russia Mulls New Agency for Polar Shipping
December 14th, 2010

Russia may establish a new bureau to oversee growing shipping traffic through its Arctic Northern Sea Route, the Barents Observer and Voice of Russia reported.


Canada NOT PREPARED for Major Oil Spill, Environment Commissioner Warns
December 14th, 2010

Canada has the longest coastline in the world, including the Arctic. But the country is badly prepared to deal with a major oil spill, according to a report by Scott Vaughan, Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development.


No Relief for Pipeline Owners
December 14th, 2010

A federal appeals court has soundly rebuffed efforts by owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline to overturn a regulatory decision that rolled back increases in their interstate shipping rates.


Baywatch Star Draws Line in Sand Over Oil Tankers
December 14th, 2010

Canadian actress Pamela Anderson, who reached fame by guarding California’s beaches in the popular TV series Baywatch, is lending her name to protecting British Columbia’s beaches from oil tankers.


Santa’s Shipping Helpers Really Move the Freight
December 14th, 2010

With or without help from Santa, many of the presents that end up under Lower 48 Christmas trees will pass through Alaska.


On Thin Ice
December 14th, 2010

Canada’s Northwest Passage is now navigable during the summer due to global climate change.


Russia Won’t Give Up Claim on Arctic Shelf
December 13th, 2010

Next summer, Russia will continue its work in the Arctic to clarify the outer border of the continental shelf.


Swedish Icebreaking Tug Through Northeast Passage
December 13th, 2010

The Russian nuclear icebreaker “Rossiya” has sailed to the Bering Strait to meet the Swedish icebreaking tug “Tor Viking”, which is planning to go through the Northeast Passage to Europe.


Russia to Modernize Conservation, Travel, Ecotourism Sectors
December 13th, 2010

The Russian government has approved plans to develop nature reserves, create a national park in the Arctic, protect the Siberian tiger and establish an agency for raising environmental awareness and stimulating eco-tourism.


STX, USC Join to Build Arctic Vessels
December 13th, 2010

STX Finland Oy and United Shipbuilding Corp. have formed a joint venture to specialize in arctic shipbuilding. The new company, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, will purchase the Helsinki shipyard from STX.


Putin: Russia Open for Dialogue on Arctic Problems
December 13th, 2010

Russia wants to continue an open discussion of key Arctic problems, including nature protection and climate change, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.


RF, Canada Can Widely Cooperate in Arctic – Ambassador
December 13th, 2010

Canada and Russia can cooperate in the Arctic on a wide range of issues, Anton Vasilyev, RF Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador at Large, in charge of issues of international cooperation in the Arctic, said.


Russia, Canada Prepared for Arctic Cooperation
December 13th, 2010

Russia and Canada are prepared to cooperate in the Arctic on a wide range of issues, says an official of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Anton Vassilyev, in charge of international cooperation in the region.


Kulluk Drill Rig Successfully Brought to New Dock
December 13th, 2010

Shell’s Kulluk mobile drill rig which has been anchored in Captains Bay for over three months, is moving to a new home. In the meantime Offshore Systems Inc has been working to build a new dock that is custom-fitted for the rig.


Shell Agrees to Transport Drill Fluids Out of Arctic Seas
December 13th, 2010

Shell has agreed to transport its used drilling fluids from Beaufort Sea exploration drilling out of the Arctic if the company finally gets government permission to drill a well next summer.


North Slope and Northwest Arctic Borough Representatives Examine Shell Oil Spill Response Fleet
December 13th, 2010

n Thursday, a group of two dozen community leaders from the Northwest Arctic and North Slope Boroughs traveled out to Unalaska to examine Shell’s oil spill response fleet.


Opening ANWR Only Feeds Oil Addiction
December 13th, 2010

As every former addict knows, the longer it takes to face your addiction, the more you lose. Let’s not lose the Arctic Refuge.


TB Once Again Stalking the Arctic
December 13th, 2010

The pernicious disease written so indelibly upon Inuit history and psychology is making an unwelcome return to the North. This week, Nunavut recorded its 98th case of tuberculosis in 2010, the most logged in the territory’s 11-year history.


Thune Air Base in the Arctic Circle Gets Energy Efficiency Upgrade
December 13th, 2010

The northernmost defense installation of the U.S., Thule Air Base, is getting an energy efficiency upgrade that shines a light on the potential for making a significant reduction in carbon emissions without waiting for futuristic new technologies to come on board.


ITF Concern Over Arctic Vessel Abandonment
December 13th, 2010

The ITF is expressing deep concern over the abandonment of the Lyubov Orlova in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada.


Alaskan Wildfires Could Trigger ‘Runaway Climate Change’
December 13th, 2010

Severe Alaskan wildfires have released much more carbon than was stored by the region’s forests over the past 10 years, researchers reported.


Canadian Government Plans Drilling Ban in Part of Eastern Arctic
December 13th, 2010

Oil and natural gas activity in all or parts of Lancaster Sound in the Eastern Arctic will be prohibited if the Canadian government succeeds in designating the waterway as a marine conservation area.


The Embattled Arctic Refuge
December 13th, 2010

As the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, Gov. Sean Parnell’s timing for a letter on the topic to President Obama needs be noted.


Bear Encounters: the Arctic Frontier
December 13th, 2010

Resolute Bay, a part of the Canadian Arctic, is one of the last travel frontiers, a place so defiantly remote that it may never be touched by the tentacles of mass tourism.


Warming Means Ringed Seals Face Uncertain Future
December 13th, 2010

Federal biologists say that climate change takes away the window time needed for ringed sea pups to grow blubber for it to survive the icy Arctic waters.


Schoolgirl Set for Arctic Adventure
December 13th, 2010

A schoolgirl is set for the trip of a lifetime to the frozen wastes of the Arctic.


Ottawa Quietly Opens Protected Arctic Wilderness to Proposed Mining
December 8th, 2010

The federal government is facing a lawsuit after quietly opening a vast tract of a once-protected Arctic wilderness to mining claims.


N.W.T. First Nation Wants Arctic Mining Ban Back
December 8th, 2010

A Northwest Territories aboriginal group is taking the federal government to court for quietly opening a vast area of once-protected northern wilderness to mining claims.


Germany Calls Off Disputed Nuclear Cargo to Murmansk – But New Vessel on Its Way
December 8th, 2010

The planned three shipments of spent uranium fuel from Germany along the coast of Norway to Murmansk will not take place after a decision by Environmental Minister Norbert Roettgen on Monday. But, this morning another nuclear cargo is sailing northbound Norway towards Murmansk.


Parnell, Treadwell Sworn in as Gov, Lt Gov
December 8th, 2010

Gov. Sean Parnell was sworn in Monday as Alaska’s 10th governor during a no-frills inauguration in line with his style of governing.


“Warm Arctic – Cold Continents”
December 8th, 2010

The impacts of climate change in the Arctic now appear to be spilling well beyond the region to affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people living in more temperate regions to the south.


After The Arctic Spill–Shell, Palin And Obama
December 8th, 2010

Here is a fictional story titled, ‘After The Arctic Spill,’ that Subhankar Banerjee is offering as a public comment and requesting that this story be entered as a public record in the federal register.


Oil Spill Commission Examines Arctic Drilling
December 8th, 2010

The presidential commission that’s looking at the Gulf of Mexico oil spill zeroed in Thursday on the future of oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, and specifically on how to address possible spills.


UAF Computing Center Expects to Lose Funds
December 8th, 2010

University of Alaska-Fairbanks officials have told employees at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center that it’s likely the program will lose its Defense Department contract.


Arctic and Small Island Nations Join Forces Against Climate Change
December 8th, 2010

Coastal communities in the Arctic and in the Small Island Developing States face many of the same challenges the rapidly changing climate is bringing to bear. The impact on coastal zones is the common denominator that has brought this group of 20 Arctic and SIDS together.


Ottawa Sets Up Arctic Marine Park
December 8th, 2010

The federal Conservative government will establish the boundaries of a new marine park in Lancaster Sound, an area rich with wildlife where proposed seismic testing was halted at the last minute this summer after court action by the local Inuit.


Shipowners to Earn Less in 2011 as Fleet Expands
December 8th, 2010

Arctic Securities said that ship owners will earn less in 2011 and in 2012 from renting out vessels to haul goods such as coal and iron ore as the fleet expands.


Prins Helps Strengthen Arctic Ties
December 8th, 2010

Ray Prins saw a number of a positives surface from last week’s trip to Alaska. Most importantly was Prins’ ability to spread awareness.


Experienced Arctic Airman Takes Questions on “Arctic Air” Documentary
December 8th, 2010

A member of the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Air Wing will be on hand at the New York State Museum this Saturday for a screening of a new documentary about his unit’s mission at the North and South Poles.


Scots Explorer Unveils Boat-Cum-Sledge to Navigate the Arctic
December 8th, 2010

Scots explorer Jock Wishart has unveiled the boat-cum-sledge in which he hopes to navigate the icy waters of the Arctic. It is a vessel unlike any other, built for a treacherous journey that has never before been undertaken.


Arctic Warming “Then and Now”
December 8th, 2010

The authors of “Early 20th century Arctic warming in retrospect” note that “the recent widespread warming of the earth’s climate is the second of two marked climatic fluctuations to attract the attention of scientists and the public since the turn of the 20th century.”


ESA Maps Possible Arctic Communication
December 7th, 2010

Increased shipping along the Northern Sea Route has triggered the European Space Agency initiated to map the communication gaps in the Arctic for the next decade.


Arctic Problems Require Global Solution
December 7th, 2010

The Russian lawmaker, Igor Chernisheno who attended a conference of the Standing Parliamentary Committee of countries in the Arctic region, held in Ottawa, Canada and devoted to finding a solution to the problems of the Arctic, tells VOR what was discussed at the conference.


First Round-Trip Without an Icebreaker
December 7th, 2010

The diesel-electric ice-classed vessel “Monchegorsk,” operated by Norilsk-Nickel, has become the first vessel to record a round-trip passage through Russia’s Northern Sea Route to Asia without being accompanied by an icebreaker.


Next Idea in Arctic Shipping: ‘Massive Industrial Components’
December 7th, 2010

Asian companies looking to ship giant, industrial components to Western Canada (particularly to the region’s oil sands mining operations) are looking at the feasibility of a polar maritime shipping route connecting to barges that would run south on the Mackenzie River.


Transport Businesses Call for “Arctic Gateway”
December 7th, 2010

Packaging northern development into an “Arctic gateway” could help governments balance economic development, traditional values, infrastructure needs and a looming boom in Arctic shipping, says a study presented at an Arctic conference in Winnipeg Nov. 10.


An Improved Drilling Plan But the Administration Leaves Open Arctic Development
December 6th, 2010

The Obama administration has wisely reversed its decision to expand oil drilling off the eastern Gulf of Mexico and portions of the Atlantic Coast. Long-standing prohibitions on new drilling along the Pacific Coast will remain in effect, sparing Oregon, California and Washington the blight and risk associated with oil exploration.


Arctic Left Vulnerable in Energy-Hungry World
December 6th, 2010

The rocky start to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Cancun, Mexico last week bodes ill for the chances of an internationally coordinated effort to reduce the use of fossil fuels.


Canada Set to Declare Arctic Marine Sanctuary Protected: Officials
December 6th, 2010

Environment Minister John Baird will make “an important announcement concerning the long-term protection of Canada’s North” Dec. 6 in Ottawa.


Power from the Slope?
December 6th, 2010

With open seasons having come and gone for both of the projects aimed at building a pipeline to ship natural gas from the North Slope, the jury is out on the question of whether the gas industry thinks that there is a viable market for Arctic gas.


DEC Study Fuels Call for Spill Measures
December 6th, 2010

Nearly every week on average since 1995, the North Slope oil fields have had a spill from a pipeline, a well, a tank or other equipment, according to a study published Thursday by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.


Official: AK in Strongest Financial Position Ever
December 6th, 2010

Alaska is in its strongest financial position ever, with billions of dollars in reserves, but it’s important the state take a conservative approach to spending and spur more oil and gas development, outgoing Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin said.


Nunavut Woos Private Sector for Costly Infrastructure
December 6th, 2010

Desperate for big-ticket infrastructure and lacking the money to pay for it up front, the Government of Nunavut is eying public-private partnerships to help fund $225-million in upgrades for Iqaluit.


Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Issues
December 6th, 2010

RD Shell’s contentions that they are drilling in shallow water, not mile deep water, and that drilling is therefore much safer, ring hollow given Shell’s past and ongoing record in the shallow Gulf of Mexico, and even onshore.


Who Should Be Embarrassed?
December 6th, 2010

Fifty years ago, the Daily News-Miner strongly advocated creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Range, which later became the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But the competing visions of the range were many, and the politics were complicated, as can be seen in the following editorial. It was published on Dec. 7, 1960, the day after Secretary of the Interior Fred Seaton signed the order creating the range.


Russia Warns Against Missile-Interceptors in the Barents Sea
December 6th, 2010

Russian NATO envoy Dmitri Rogozin says Russia will never agree to a joint system on European missile defense if NATO deploys ship-based interceptors in the Barents Sea.


Multi-Billion Investments in the Barents Region
December 6th, 2010

Mining- and metallurgical industry, oil- and gas, el-transmission, roads, ports and railways. Welcome to an investment boom in the north estimated to more than 114 billion Euros over the next ten years.


Tanker Hits Trouble in the Aleutians
December 6th, 2010

The crew of a bulk cargo ship adrift off the Aleutian Islands regained control of the vessel on the afternoon of Dec. 3, lessening the risk that it would run aground, officials said.


Abandoned in a ‘Dead Land’
December 6th, 2010

In the 1950s, Patsauq’s family, along with 18 other families from the Inukjuak area, then known as Port Harrison, were plucked from their hunting camps and relocated to the High Arctic -some 1,200 kilo-metres farther north in what was then the Northwest Territories, now Nunavut.


Arctic Region Supercomputer Center May Lose DoD Contract; Layoffs Expected
December 6th, 2010

Employees at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center were told on Friday that the program will likely lose its Department of Defense contract next summer, resulting in a dramatic restructuring and probable layoffs for most of its 46 employees.


ASRC Helped Inspire, Prosper from Native Claims Settlement
December 6th, 2010

Over four decades, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act has brought millions of acres of lands into private ownership and hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment capital into Alaska.


KEFTY Exerciser Selected by the Mars Institute for Space Exploration Rover Simulations in the Arctic
December 6th, 2010

The KEFTY Company announces today that its revolutionary home exerciser system has been selected by the Mars Institute for use in Summer 2011 onboard concept rovers for future human Moon and Mars exploration operated by the Haughton-Mars Project on Devon Island, High Arctic.


Russian Researchers Tag Three Polar Bears During Arctic Expedition
December 6th, 2010

Three female polar bears were tagged with satellite collars during a research expedition on the Franz Josef Land archipelago in Russia’s far north, the Russian environment watchdog said on Friday.


Listing as ‘Threatened’ Sought for Arctic Seals
December 6th, 2010

The Obama administration proposed listing six subspecies of ice-dependent seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act on the grounds that diminishing sea ice in the Arctic threatens their survival.


Novelistic Arctic Journey Full of a Dark Beauty
December 6th, 2010

What is there about the failed Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage that holds the Canadian imagination? Oblivion on the endless ice? The mystery of never finding Sir John and the unfortunate crew who set out in 1845 to extend the British Empire?


Anniversary Book Celebrates Beauty of Canadian Parks
December 6th, 2010

To mark the 125th anniversary of Canada’s national parks, which took place on November 25, Parks Canada has compiled a collection of stunning photos by 39 photographers depicting the stunning preserved landscapes in the area.


Russian Billionaire’s Bashneft Wins Oil Fields for $587 Million
December 3rd, 2010

OAO Bashneft, the oil producer controlled by Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov, won the rights to develop two Arctic oil deposits for 18.5 billion rubles ($587 million), higher than the starting price.


100,000 Tell Obama Administration To Redo Arctic Drilling Assessment
December 3rd, 2010

More than 100,000 people asked the Obama administration to stick to its commitment to science-based decision making and redo a court-ordered environmental analysis of impacts from proposed drilling in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea.


Administration’s Offshore Plan Fails to Protect Arctic
December 3rd, 2010

Marilyn Heiman, director of the Pew Environment Group’s U.S. Arctic Program, issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s announcement today on offshore oil and gas leasing.


Water Supply Fear as Arctic Weather Sees 50% Rise in Burst Pipes – Thaw Warning
December 3rd, 2010

There are fears for London’s water supply as the bitter cold weather bursts record numbers of pipes.


Global Warming Could Fuel ‘Compost Bombs’
December 3rd, 2010

One of Earth’s biggest stores of carbon dioxide sits locked within the decaying vegetation found in peatlands, which range from tropical peat swamps to Arctic permafrost. A fast-warming world could transform those peatlands into a “compost bomb” that would dump huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, British researchers have calculated.


Teams Help Women Injured On Icy Peak
December 3rd, 2010

Two women had to be rescued from the same mountain within 24 hours after suffering injuries in the Arctic weather conditions.


Protect the Arctic Refuge on its 50th birthday
December 3rd, 2010

This December marks 50 years since President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on a beautiful and vast stretch of land on Alaska’s northern coast.


Heat is on Canadian Artic as Temperature Rises, Sea Ice Melts
December 3rd, 2010

Canada experienced record high average temperatures this year, with the Arctic being particularly hard hit by abnormal heat and declining sea ice, the World Meteorological Organization says.


Biomass Burning Pattern Leaves Arctic Ice Mystery
December 3rd, 2010

A team of scientists studying Antarctic ice cores have found surprising evidence of a fluctuating pattern of carbon monoxide concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere caused by biomass burning in the Southern Hemisphere over the past 650 years.


Interior to Process Shell Permit
December 3rd, 2010

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Shell’s application to drill an exploration well in the company’s Beaufort Sea federal offshore leases next summer will be processed.


Oil Spill Commission Examines Future of Arctic Drilling
December 2nd, 2010

The presidential commission that’s looking at the Gulf Oil Spill zeroed in Thursday on the future of oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, and specifically on how to address possible spills.


Alaska Acknowledges Effects of Climate Change
December 2nd, 2010

Alaska wildlife officials have released a report acknowledging that scientific and traditional evidence increasingly shows climate change at unprecedented rates throughout the Arctic.


Couple Battle Arctic Conditions to Tie Knot
December 2nd, 2010

It really was a white wedding for one brave couple as they battled the arctic conditions to get married at Sheffield Town Hall.


A Scramble for the Arctic
December 2nd, 2010

With one fifth of the world’s oil and gas at stake, countries are struggling to control the once-frozen arctic.



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