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Archive for February, 2011 :

Australia to Mine in the Arctic Circle
February 28th, 2011

While the magnetite is a novelty for Queensland in Australia, the combination of copper/gold/magnetite is also a novelty on the Australian mining scene. Only thing is, the location of the ore is north of the Arctic Circle.


Younger Russian Workers Undeterred to Work in Arctic Mine
February 28th, 2011

Lung-blackening pollution and Arctic isolation have not stopped Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel from attracting graduates to work in its mines.


Canada’s Arctic Research Investment Seen to Improve Economy and Northerners’ Quality of Life
February 28th, 2011

“This investment will help ensure that Canadians in northern communities have the tools they need to prosper and manage the development of natural resources, in a way that respects northern cultures, communities and the environment.” — Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology)


Potential Benefits of OCS Development in Alaska’s Arctic
February 28th, 2011

Development of resources in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska’s Arctic coast would create an average 54,700 jobs/year nationwide with a $145 billion total payroll and generate $193 billion in federal, state, and local revenue over 50 years, according to a study.


Made for the Arctic
February 28th, 2011

A new kind of vessel is being specially designed to tolerate the tough, frigid conditions in the Arctic to allow for the repair and maintenance of sub sea installations.


Ancient Natural Global Warming According to the Arctic
February 28th, 2011

Scientists are unravelling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming. Newly published results from a high-resolution study of sediments collected on Spitsbergen represent a contribution to this endeavour.


Commissioner Urges Every Nunavummiut to Strengthen the Territory
February 28th, 2011

The Commissioner of Nunavut, Edna Elias, urged all Nunavummiut to build a “solid” foundation for the territory, as she opened the third session of the third legislative assembly Feb. 28 with her first commissioner’s address.


Alaska’s Transportation Will Be Affected by Climate Change
February 28th, 2011

Data shows that roads built over permafrost are at risk from warming trends, as these will experience more cracking, icing up or even washing away.


Iceland’s Geothermal Area Enlarged by Earthquakes
February 28th, 2011

The Reykjanes geothermal heat area have enlarged due to the current spate of small earthquakes shaking southwest Iceland, as more water is now able to come into contact with hot rocks, Geomorphologists say.


Mat-Su Residents Concerned Over Military’s Training Area Expansion Plan
February 28th, 2011

Alaska’s Mat-Su residents are increasingly concerned of the military’s plan to expand one of its training areas in southcentral.


Oil and Ice
February 27th, 2011

Fears and worries of an oil spill in the Arctic now has a face. With the Icelandic containership Godafoss aground in southern Norway and started leaking heavy oil, one of the biggest challenges of the cleanup operations has been to clean up oil from ice covered areas.


Which Nations Are Most at Risk from Climate Change?
February 26th, 2011

The international community faces the daunting task of determining which countries face the most significant impacts from global warming.


How Severe Can Climate Change Become?
February 26th, 2011

How severe can climate change become in a warming world? Worse than anything we’ve seen in written history, according to results of a study recently appearing in the journal Science.


Harper Government Invests in Arctic Research
February 26th, 2011

New research will examine how Canadians living in northern communities can benefit from the sustainable development of Arctic natural resources in a manner that improves northerners’ health and wellbeing, while preserving the region’s unique environment.


TNK-BP Russian Billionaires Accuse BP of ‘Sabotage’ Over GBP10bn Arctic Deal with Rosneft
February 26th, 2011

BP’S Russian billionaire partners in TNK-BP have accused the British oil giant of trying to “sabotage” their efforts to solve a bitter argument over a GBP10bn exploration deal.


Nunavut Tunngavik to Take Second Look at Uranium Mining
February 26th, 2011

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. says the territory needs to see “Arctic-specific regulations” around the mining of uranium before they can throw their support behind a proposed uranium mine near Baker Lake.


Alaskans Weigh In On Offshore Lease Plan Proposal
February 26th, 2011

Alaska drilling advocates on Friday night dominated a federal public hearing seeking comment on a proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and gas lease sales that includes the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.


Arctic Security More Than Sovereignty
February 26th, 2011

A recent public opinion survey, Rethinking the Top of the World: Arctic Security Public Opinion Survey, commissioned by the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, showed that most Canadians define Arctic security more broadly.


Arctic Fever: Far-North Food Web May Be Unraveling
February 26th, 2011

Climate change in the far north happens “one warm, rainy day at a time,” writes freelancer and author Bruce Barcott in an On Earth article about the effects of climate warming as experienced by the indigenous residents of Kotzebue, who rely greatly on wild food resources.


PM on Hot Seat Over Subsidy Change
February 26th, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government could make changes to a controversial subsidy program blamed for skyrocketing food prices in Canada’s Arctic.


Arctic Environment During an Ancient Bout of Natural Global Warming
February 26th, 2011

Scientists are unraveling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming.


Ottawa Reopening Talks on Protected Arctic Wilderness
February 26th, 2011

The federal government is considering whether to restore full protection to a vast tract of Arctic wilderness that it quietly opened to mineral exploration last year.


Polarizing Debate: Polar Bear Status Roils Alaska
February 26th, 2011

This Sunday (Feb. 27) is International Polar Bear Day. While there may be celebration everywhere else, Alaska is embroiled in an ongoing and sometimes passionate dispute with the federal government and conservation groups over the polar bear’s status.


Inuit Leaders Develop Guidelines for Future Development in the Arctic
February 25th, 2011

The world’s Inuit say they are tired of being left on the sidelines as petroleum and mining companies reap the benefits of resources being extracted from arctic lands.


Study Highlights Benefits of Arctic Ocean Drilling
February 25th, 2011

Shell Oil is touting a report it commissioned that says outer continental shelf petroleum development off Alaska’s northern shores could create 54,700 new jobs that could be sustained for 50 years.


Murkowski: ANWR Drilling Back On The Table
February 25th, 2011

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski says unrest in the Middle East puts oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge back on the table.


Libyan Turmoil Puts Focus on Arctic Oil -Greenland
February 25th, 2011

Unrest in the Middle East means the potential oil riches in Arctic areas like Greenland are more important than ever, the island’s premier said on Wednesday, criticizing environmental groups that want to hamper exploration.


Suezmax Ready for Arctic Route
February 25th, 2011

A Sovcomflot vessel will this summer be the largest tanker ever to sail the Northern Sea Route with condensate to Asia.


Steady Progress at Arctic Diamond Exploration Project
February 25th, 2011

Exploration activities at the Chidliak diamond project on Baffin Island, Nunavut, in Northern Canada, will continue at a steady pace during 2011.


Arctic to Get New Weather, Shipping Service
February 25th, 2011

The feds have taken another step towards bolstering Canada’s reputation as an Arctic power by launching a $35-million overhaul Tuesday of weather and shipping warning services in the North.


Magnetic Pole Angles Toward Russia
February 25th, 2011

There was a recent report that our planet’s magnetic pole is slowly moving away from the Arctic regions and heading toward Russia. These magnetic shifts are still not completely understood by scientists.


Unlocking Arctic Carbon
February 25th, 2011

Sometime in the next 20 years, Arctic soil that has been frozen since the last ice age will begin thawing in response to rapidly warming polar temperatures and start releasing a vast reservoir of carbon into the atmosphere.


Bones of Ice Age Child Found in Alaska
February 25th, 2011

Archaeologists in Alaska have found the remains of a young child from the Ice Age, in a discovery of the oldest human bones yet uncovered from sub-Arctic North America.


Make the Arctic Nuke-Free: Liberal MP
February 22nd, 2011

Grit MP Larry Bagnell wants Canada’s Arctic to be a nuke-free zone.


Astronaut Chris Hadfield on Arctic Sovereignty
February 22nd, 2011

Astronaut Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk in space. A veteran of two space missions, he will become commander of the International Space Station in 2013. Here, he answers questions concerning Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.


Arctic Ocean Current Temperatures Traced Back to Roman Empire
February 22nd, 2011

Using as tiny climate sensors the miniscule bodies of hard-shelled protozoa deposited on the sea floor over millennia, an international research team has made a startling discovery off the coast of Greenland.


Arctic Climate Variation Under Ancient Greenhouse Conditions
February 22nd, 2011

Tiny organisms preserved in marine sediments hold clues about Arctic climate variation during an ancient episode of greenhouse warming.


Newcastle Coal Bid Up to USD 141 Per Tonne
February 22nd, 2011

Unusually severe ice problems at Russian ports including the normally ice free Arctic port of Murmansk provided some support to ARA prices but on the whole demand remains sluggish in Europe.


The Republic of Karelia Sends Proposals for Participation in the Arctic National Program
February 21st, 2011

The government of the Republic of Karelia has sent its proposals to developers of the large-scale national program of The Arctic Regions concerning a number of investment projects to be accomplished in northern regions of the republic within the range of the program.


Inuit to Stand Together at Summit on Arctic Resource Development
February 21st, 2011

Inuit leaders from the circumpolar world are to meet in Ottawa this week to hammer out a common front on the development of Arctic resources including offshore oil.


Statoil Drills Another Dry Well in Barents Sea
February 21st, 2011

Statoil drills yet another dry well in western part of the Barents Sea.


Russia: The Non-Reluctant Arctic Power
February 21st, 2011

In recent years, the Russian government has set forth ambitious territorial claims in the Arctic reinforced through recent scientific research expeditions and military measures.


Soldiers Train in Manitoba’s North
February 21st, 2011

Canadian soldiers will be tested by extreme cold in a training program under way in northern Manitoba.


No Deepwater Horizons in Russian Arctic
February 21st, 2011

Having clinched an agreement with Norway on who owns what in the Barents Sea, Russia is mulling projects to develop billions of tons of oil and trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in its sector of this Arctic sea area.


Arctic Food Subsidy Defended by Ottawa
February 21st, 2011

The federal government is defending its changes to the way food prices are subsidized in remote northern communities, after photographs revealed $29 cheese spread and $77 breaded chicken in a Nunavut hamlet.


Earth Activism: What We Don’t Want
February 21st, 2011

A justice movement usually begins with “what we want,” but for it to be effective we must also clearly articulate and fight for “what we don’t want.” What do we really want and don’t want out of the campaign to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?


Magnetic North Is on the Move. Time to Panic?
February 21st, 2011

The earth’s magnetic field is weakening at an accelerating rate. It is 15% weaker than it was at the time the north magnetic pole was “discovered”–and claimed for King William IV–by a British explorer in 1831. Should we be worried?


X-Class Flare Bounces Off North Pole
February 21st, 2011

A wave of charged plasma particles from a huge solar eruption has glanced off the Earth’s northern pole, lighting up auroras and disrupting some radio communications, a NASA scientist said.


House Moves to Block EPA Review of Arctic Drilling Pollution Permits
February 20th, 2011

The House of Representatives passed an amendment proposed by Rep. Don Young that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency appeals board from reviewing air pollution permits for offshore drilling in the Arctic.


Minister Cannon Ditches Script on Proposed Russian Parachute Jump: Documents
February 20th, 2011

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon is known as a careful politician, one who usually sticks to a carefully crafted message. But not when it comes to Russians in the Arctic.


Environment Ministry to Review Rosneft, BP Arctic Licenses
February 20th, 2011

Russia will review licenses for three blocks in the Arctic which OAO Rosneft and BP Plc. plan to develop, as the region may overlap a proposed national park.


Pilots, Boaters Adjust to Shift in Magnetic North
February 20th, 2011

Magnetic north, the point at the top of the Earth that determines compass headings, is shifting its position at a rate of about 40 miles per year. In geologic terms, it’s racing from the Arctic Ocean near Canada toward Russia.


Russia Embraces Offshore Arctic Drilling
February 20th, 2011

The Arctic Ocean is a forbidding place for oil drillers. But that is not stopping Russia from jumping in — or Western oil companies from eagerly following.


The Methane Monster Under Arctic Ice
February 20th, 2011

A new study out of the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado, shows that melting permafrost in the Arctic is adding even more carbon to the atmosphere than previously thought. It will eventually equal half of all the human-generated emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution


Shtokman Faces New Delays
February 20th, 2011

The giant Shtokman gas project in Russia’s Arctic waters faces new delays due to low gas demand and disagreements between shareholders over the project’s design, government and company officials said Thursday last week.


Russia May Tweak Arctic Park Border for Oil Firms: WWF
February 20th, 2011

Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry wants to set an Arctic nature reserve’s borders in a way that environmentalists say will subvert existing boundaries to accommodate the oil drilling plans of BP and Rosneft.


Polar Bear Status Goes to Court Again This Week
February 20th, 2011

A federal judge will hear arguments next week in a case that speaks to a central question regarding Arctic animals affected by climate warming: When is a species endangered?


Hibernating Bears Could Help Human Rescues
February 20th, 2011

Scientists are studying how the bears’ bodies work during hibernation in order to help doctors rescue people in trauma situations.


Arctic Doomsday Seeds Vault, Patrolled by Polar Bears
February 19th, 2011

Farmers from Australia are the latest donors to a polar bear-patrolled Arctic doomsday vault that stores seeds as insurance against an international food emergency.


Feds Find Safety Problems with Trans-Alaska Pipeline
February 12th, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation has found serious safety problems with the trans-Alaska pipeline.


EPA Includes Pebble in Review of Proposed Bristol Bay Projects
February 12th, 2011

The federal Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that it will review the consequences of large-scale development projects, such as the proposed copper and gold Pebble mine, in the Bristol Bay watershed.


The Future History of the Arctic is Now
February 12th, 2011

When the future history of the Arctic will be written, 2010 will be marked off as the breakthrough year for commercial shipping along the Northern Sea Route.


North Korea Wants Cooperation with Barents
February 12th, 2011

The Director of North Korea’s Department of Europe, Cultural Committee, Ryu Sung Rim, wants more cooperation with Barents on cultural issues.


Parnell Opposes Obama Plan for Wild Lands in Alaska
February 12th, 2011

Gov. Sean Parnell opposes an Obama administration effort to strengthen protection of wild lands in Alaska managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, saying it would allow the government to create more wilderness without congressional oversight.


Fighting Religious Sects in Arctic Russia
February 12th, 2011

The newly appointed Bishop Daniil of Arkhangelsk is likely to make the fight against new religious groups and sects a top priority.


Moscow is Ready to Assume Constructive Leadership in the High North
February 12th, 2011

Moscow is by far the major regional player in the Arctic. With significant deposits of mineral resources and fish stocks, Russia’s key economic interests are linked to the High North.


Univ. of Windsor Receives Research Fund to Study Arctic Biological Contamination
February 12th, 2011

The grant will create up to 100 research jobs across Canada and expand Windsor’s sphere of research to the Arctic, where the next big risks of biological contamination lie.


Icelandic Seas Under Pressure from Pollution
February 12th, 2011

Scientists are increasingly concerned by the effects of exhaust pollution on sealife.


Produce Growers Conference Coming Up in Palmer
February 12th, 2011

An Alaska Produce Growers Conference Feb. 15-16 in Palmer will provide vegetable and fruit growers with the latest research and recommendations.


US Icebreakers Can’t Handle Arctic Oil Spills, Official Says
February 11th, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard does not have enough working icebreakers to respond to a major oil spill in Alaskan waters, the top official who oversaw the containment of the BP oil spill warned Congress on Friday.


Eni Starts Oil Production at Nikaitchuq Field in Alaska
February 11th, 2011

Eni, an Italy-based company engaged in the oil and gas, power generation, petrochemicals, oilfield services and engineering industries, has started oil production at the Nikaitchuq field, located offshore the North Slope of Alaska at an average water depth of 3m.


Shell Loses Alaska Air-Quality Permit Appeal
February 11th, 2011

A federal panel has denied a request from Royal Dutch Shell to reinstate disputed air-quality permits needed to drill offshore in Arctic waters, making it clear that the company and regulators must start over to draft new and stricter permits.


Russian Injunction on BP-Rosneft Deal Extended
February 11th, 2011

A court has extended an injunction on a deal between BP and Russian top oil producer Rosneft pending arbitration scheduled to start in early March, BP said on Friday.


Walrus Protection Can Wait: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
February 11th, 2011

The Pacific walrus, hampered by vanishing sea ice in Arctic waters, deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act but must wait in line behind more imperiled animals, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman said.


Finland to Increase Its Input in Arctic Region Cooperation
February 10th, 2011

Finland wants to increase its presence in the Arctic region and aims to strengthen its cooperation with Russia, emphasized the Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb during his visit to St. Petersburg.


Polar Ring: from Russia to Canada Through North Pole
February 10th, 2011

Time is ticking down for an automobile expedition across the North Pole – the third stage of the Polar Ring project.


Independent Explorers: Gas, Oil Tax Incentives Are Working
February 10th, 2011

Three independent oil and gas exploration companies told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Monday that tax credits for exploration in Cook Inlet are working. The Legislature passed two bills last year that offer incentives for drilling and natural gas storage.


Russia Poised to Breach Mysterious Antarctic Lake
February 10th, 2011

For 15 million years, an icebound lake has remained sealed deep beneath Antarctica’s frozen crust, possibly hiding prehistoric or unknown life. Now Russian scientists are on the brink of piercing through to its secrets.


Russia to Build Research Center on Svalbard
February 10th, 2011

Russia plans to build a research center for monitoring of the environment in the Arctic on the archipelago of Svalbard.


No ‘Tipping Point’ for Arctic Sea Ice – Latest Science
February 10th, 2011

According to the latest research by German climate scientists, it seems that even in the case of a completely ice-free summer with the sun shining down onto an unprotected Arctic Ocean 24 hours a day (as it does in summer time up there), the heat absorbed by the sea would not be enough to permanently remove the ice cap. It would recover, in fact, within two years: there is no tipping point.


Canada Could Be a Very Different Place
February 9th, 2011

There’s no disguising the fact that if the border deal is carried to its logical conclusion, Canada will be a very different place than it is now.


Greenland, Nunavut Want Arctic Protection
February 9th, 2011

Some of Greenland’s politicians say they want to team up with Nunavut to demand better protection for Arctic waters, as areas like the Northwest Passage open up to more marine traffic.


Denmark and Russia Agree to Military Cooperation
February 9th, 2011

New military cooperation between Denmark and Russia, the first of its kind, was agreed upon in Moscow on Tuesday, reports Berlingske newspaper.


The Future for Arctic Counties: Oil and Gas Bonanza or Environmental Catastrophe?
February 9th, 2011

Whether Russia and Norway are prepared to cooperate on Arctic oil and gas fields and what kinds of challenged and environmental threats stand before them were the subject of an international conference that took place last week in Norway.


Russia, Finland to Discuss Arctic Cooperation
February 9th, 2011

The seminar in St. Petersburg discussed Arctic policy, scientific, environmental and technological cooperation.


Russian Expedition Seeks to Unlock Arctic Mystery
February 9th, 2011

It is hoped that the Russian expedition, Polar Ring, will solve the mystery of Sigizmund Levanevsky’s ill-fated Arctic flight.


How Microscopic Plankton Explain the Opening of the Northwest Passage
February 9th, 2011

Why is the Arctic melting so fast? There are a number of reasons, but a new study in Science shows that part of the reason is that the ocean currents are pumping heat from the rest of the world straight into the Arctic.


Alaska Lawmakers Propose Ditching Pipeline Plan
February 8th, 2011

A showdown over efforts to build a major natural gas pipeline is brewing in Alaska’s Legislature.


ArcelorMittal, Partner Nearing Absolute Control of Baffinland
February 8th, 2011

ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron Ore Acquisition Inc., which jointly acquired Canada’s iron ore-rich Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation last month, Monday announced further consolidation of their stake in the Toronto-based company.


If Canadians Rank Northern Issues as a Priority, Why Can’t the Conservative Government?
February 8th, 2011

According to a recent poll conducted for the Munk School of Global Affairs, Canadians rank defending Arctic sovereignty as a top foreign policy priority.


New Areas Could Expand Arctic’s Oily Component
February 8th, 2011

The Arctic, thought to be natural gas-dominant on the basis of limited exploration, could become more oily as more of the region is more fully explored, delegates at the Arctic Technology Conference were told Feb. 7 in Houston.


Aussie Farmer Travels to Nordic Seed Vault
February 8th, 2011

An Australian farmer will this week travel to a frozen Arctic “doomsday” vault to deposit precious seeds as insurance for the world’s food supply.


A Snow Dragon in the Arctic
February 8th, 2011

With the world’s largest non-nuclear research icebreaker, Xue Long (Snow Dragon) China has embarked on four Arctic research expeditions in recent years.


Subsistence Mapping Project Strengthens Traditional Knowledge for Future Generations
February 8th, 2011

Mayor Siikauraq Whiting and the Northwest Arctic Borough staff are glad to share that they successfully received a $1.8 million grant to conduct a 4-year project documenting and mapping subsistence uses and habitats in their region.


The Arctic’s Embattled ‘White Giant’
February 8th, 2011

According to Inupiat groups, the designation of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas as a critical habit for polar bears will impede crucial development – any oil or gas exploration will be outlawed if it poses a risk to the animals.


Killer Whales Ambushing Gray Whales in Aleutians
February 8th, 2011

A ground-breaking, four-year research project has found killer whales using sophisticated and cooperative techniques to intercept, isolate and then kill young gray whales part-way through their annual 5,000-mile trip to summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas.


Winter Scuttles Effort to Reach Ancient Arctic Lake
February 8th, 2011

In a race against the clock, Mother Nature won. A Russian team that has been toiling around the clock to pierce through to a sub-glacial lake in Antarctica is calling it quits – for now – because of harsh winter weather that’s freezing their hydraulic tools.


Shell Oil Company Nixes Drilling in Alaskan Arctic for 2011
February 3rd, 2011

Shell announced on Thursday it would forgo exploratory drilling in the Alaskan Arctic for this year, the result of a ruling last month that revoked the oil giant’s federal clean-air permits that allowed drilling ships and support vessels to operate in the sensitive region.


India’s ONGC May Help Develop Russia’s Arctic Fields
February 3rd, 2011

India’s state-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) may take part in development of Russia’s Trebs and Titov Arctic oilfields together with mid-size Russian group Bashneft.


Russian Seeks More Control Over Arctic Shelf Projects
February 3rd, 2011

The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources intends to step up the level of control in offshore oil and gas projects.


An Iron Ore Rush Above the Arctic Circle
February 3rd, 2011

With steel demand growing and iron ore fields in Brazil and Australia locked up by mining’s Big Three, Canada is the next resource battleground.


Arcelor, Nunavut Closer to Control of Baffinland
February 3rd, 2011

ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron Ore inched closer to taking control of Baffinland Iron Mines as they took an additional 6.2 million shares in the junior explorer, raising their ownership to 64 percent.


BP Opens Old Russia Wounds
February 3rd, 2011

The announcement on January 14 that BP had agreed with Rosneft to compose a joint venture to explore, develop and operate offshore oilfields in the Arctic seas, and exchange shareholdings is not exactly a novel one.


Arctic Mapping Data Camp Dropped by Ottawa
February 3rd, 2011

The Canadian government is abandoning plans to set up a remote scientific camp on the Arctic Ocean ice this year, citing dangerously thin ice conditions.


Canadians Prepared to Fight for Arctic: Survey
February 3rd, 2011

Canadians rank the Arctic as their top foreign policy priority and support shifting up to 3,000 troops from UN missions abroad to defend disputed claims in the far north, a survey showed.


PBS Documentary Tells Tragic Story of Greely Expedition
February 3rd, 2011

The public television documentary series “American Experience” featured a story about the American military leader whose name is attached to Fort Greely. The program focuses on an 1881 expedition that Alaska author Alden Todd captured in his book, “Abandoned: The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition 1881-1884.”


Arctic Fix: Does Castration Help Reindeer Cope with Climate Change?
February 3rd, 2011

If Rudolph wants to adapt to global warming, he may have to lose his most precious assets. Or so say experts among the Sami — an indigenous people who occupy the northern extremes of Finland, Norway, and Sweden, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.


Warming North Atlantic Water Tied to Heating Arctic
February 3rd, 2011

New study finds that the temperatures of North Atlantic Ocean water flowing north into the Arctic Ocean are likely related to global warming.


CDC Opens Arctic Medical Lab
February 2nd, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has opened a $2.3 million Arctic Investigations Program laboratory at the Alaska Native Medical Center campus in Anchorage.


BP, Russia Oil Plans Encroach on Arctic Parks-WWF
February 2nd, 2011

Ambitious Arctic drilling plans by oil giant BP and Russia encroach upon key nature reserves, threatening native polar bear and whale populations, WWF said.


Rescue in the Arctic: Historic Treaty to Coordinate Operations
February 2nd, 2011

A new treaty, the first between the eight Arctic nations, will coordinate search-and-rescue operations in Earth’s vast and inhospitable Far North, where tourism, shipping and other human activities are on the rise.


Amid TNK Spat, BP Freezes Rosneft Deal
February 2nd, 2011

BP will halt a share swap agreement with Rosneft while it resolves a dispute with investors in TNK-BP through arbitration later this month, lawyers for the groups said at a court hearing in London.


Arctic Home to Mysterious Mercury Deposits
February 2nd, 2011

More mercury is deposited in the Arctic than anywhere else on the planet. Norwegian NTNU researchers think one explanation for this may lie in the meteorological conditions in the Arctic spring and summer.


Alaska’s Exploit-or-Preserve Debate Rages On
February 2nd, 2011

Two lady “bush pilots” helped persuade the Eisenhower administration to designate an 8.9 million Arctic National Wildlife Range.


Help Protect Arctic Polar Bears, Whales, Walruses, & Seals from Offshore Drilling
February 2nd, 2011

The Arctic’s beautiful but harsh landscape of frozen seas and subzero temperatures are the conditions perfect for polar bears, whales, walruses, seals, and other hardy Arctic marine animals that make it home. But they spell disaster in the inevitable event of an offshore drilling accident.


High Arctic Avian Athlete Gives Lessons About Animal Welfare
February 2nd, 2011

Researchers report that an arctic relative of the grouse has evolved to cope with its extreme environment by moving efficiently at high speeds or when carrying winter weight.


Tracks of Two Prehistoric Birds Found in Alaska
February 2nd, 2011

Fossilized tracks from two newly discovered prehistoric birds have been found in Alaska’s Denali National Park, according to findings released by an expert in Arctic paleontology.


‘Humongous Suckers’ Drifting South from the Arctic
February 2nd, 2011

As two gargantuan islands of ice continue to drift slowly southward from the Arctic, an iceberg expert says there’s a slim chance they could reach the Grand Banks of Newfoundland as early as August, posing a remote threat to the Hibernia oil platform.



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