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Archive for April, 2011 :

Anchorage Assembly Wants Direct Involvement in Wind Power
April 30th, 2011

The Anchorage Assembly want to let its members get directly involved in negotiations to buy wind power to supplement Anchorage’s energy supply.


House Republicans to Reduce EPA Clout Over Arctic Drilling
April 30th, 2011

House Republicans say the Environmental Protection Agency’s air permitting process had “run amok.”


More Alternative Energy Funds — Northern Premiers
April 30th, 2011

Northern premiers called for more alternative energy funds during their annual forum in Yellowknife.


Shell Scraps Oil Drilling Efforts Because of EPA Rules
April 30th, 2011

This summer, Shell Oil says it will abandon plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska.


Arctic Ice Melt: Report Identified Vulnerable Areas
April 30th, 2011

Two organizations released an Arctic-wide report of areas most important to Arctic marine life and vulnerable to additional stress on top of global warming.


Arctic Spill Could Reach 58M Gallons of Oil
April 30th, 2011

Worst case scenarios of an Arctic oil spill paint the whole thing with 58 million gallons of headache.


Gray Whales Continue Arctic Migration
April 30th, 2011

Gray whales continue to swim up the west coast of North America in the world’s longest mammal migration, with recent sightings spanning thousands of miles of shore — from Kodiak and Seward to southern California.


Mercury Levels in Arctic Food Chain Alarm Scientists
April 30th, 2011

With the Arctic’s ice melt came a lot of wonders for the scientific world to discover, although not all are something to be happy about. Recent studies found mercury levels in the Arctic’s food chain is alarming.


Could Salt Clouds Really Help Lessen Arctic Warming?
April 30th, 2011

In this time of Earth’s warming, salt from sea spray forming into clouds in the Arctic, is already something to be thankful about. Let’s just hope it does what we expect it to do — deflect the sun’s heat rays.


Offshore Oil Operators Required of Spill Blowout Plans
April 30th, 2011

Independent audits and more specific strategies in dealing with potentially devastating blowouts should be required for offshore oil operators off Newfoundland, says a new report.


Lessons from the Past: Consensus Building for Arctic Drilling
April 30th, 2011

Paul Parker takes a look on whether consensus building among the oil industry, environmental community and other stakeholders as was done in the past, is possible today, and offers lessons learned and suggestions in the Arctic arena.


Russia Strengthens its Arctic Presence with a Brigade
April 21st, 2011

Just as vinegar draws flies, so does oil. The oil reserves in the Arctic have also triggered a scaling of arms in the region by interested parties. Russia is one of them.


Sovcomflot to Ship Three Cargoes via the Arctic Despite High Cost
April 21st, 2011

More Russian tankers will be plying the Arctic route, even if it is more expensive than Suez, says a Sovcomflot official.


The Problems of Nunavut: Price of Modernization?
April 21st, 2011

Canada’s The Globe and Mail has published an extremely long, multi-part project exploring a tough question: Has the creation of Nunavut been a failure? Since the territory was established 12 years ago, its violent crime rate has doubled and continues to worsen.


Polar Bears Get Help from Conservationists in Habitat Lawsuit
April 21st, 2011

Three conservation groups have intervened in defense of polar bear critical habitat in lawsuits filed by the oil industry and the state of Alaska, the Center for Biological Diversity said.


405 New Islands Discovered in the Arctic
April 21st, 2011

A study reports that there are 405 new islands in the Alaskan Arctic shoreline alone, while the other 252 are discovered in other parts of the world.


What the Arctic Drilling Can Learn from the Deepwater Horizon Spill
April 21st, 2011

If there’d be any good thing from the Deepwater Horizon Spill, it would be the lessons, that is, if the drilling proponents in the Arctic are willing to learn from it.


S. Korean Gas Execs Plan to Ship LNG from Arctic Canada
April 21st, 2011

A group of South Korean natural gas executives, including the chief executive of Korea Gas Corp., traveled to Inuvik, N.W.T., to explore a plan to ship liquefied natural gas straight from a port in Arctic Canada.


U.S. Military Makes its Presence Felt in the Arctic
April 21st, 2011

The U.S. military has its forces and equipments operational in the Arctic for sometime, and with other interested parties in the region, its clear they won’t be letting up.


Arctic Soot Causing Rapid Ice Melt in the Area
April 21st, 2011

In spite of the Arctic’s vast white wasteland, scientists believe a thin layer of soot — mostly invisible — is causing it to absorb more heat.


The Mythical Arctic Past
April 21st, 2011

In the past, the Arctic has been a subject of many writings, of myths, and speculations. All of course, harbor on entertaining to downright inaccurate speculations. Today, science has replaced all of those.


BP Shoved Aside in the Russian Arctic
April 20th, 2011

Hoping for a comeback from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP PLC finds itself sidetracked in the Russian Arctic.


New Arctic Site to Peek into the Stars
April 20th, 2011

In Ellesmere Island mountain, scientists are preparing a cold-hardy telescope for station in High Arctic location.


Clinton & Salazar to Bring Up Drilling During IGC Arctic Meeting
April 19th, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will bring up drilling as part of the agenda of the May 12 meeting of the intergovernmental Arctic Council in Greenland.


Canada Needs to Deploy More Armed Ships in the Arctic
April 19th, 2011

Colin Kenney, former chair of the Senate Committee on National Security and Defense, says Canada need to be serious in safeguarding its sovereignty in the Arctic.


Bill to Create Arctic OCS Coordination Being Pushed
April 19th, 2011

Sen. Mark Begich introduced the Outer Continental Shelf Permit Processing Coordination Act, saying this would help expedite oil and gas development in the Arctic outer continental shelf.


Arctic Sea Ice Shrinking Faster than Previously Known
April 19th, 2011

A new report from an international consortium of 30 environmental scientists found that, on average, Arctic sea ice was retreating at a rate of about a half-metre per year, but up to eight metres or more a year in some areas.


Wounded Soldiers Survived the Arctic
April 19th, 2011

A group of wounded soldiers who were joined by Prince Harry on their Arctic trek have finally arrived at the North Pole.


U.S. to Increase Its Stake in Melting Arctic Waters
April 11th, 2011

North of Alaska, a Coast Guard cutter is mapping the ocean floor so the United States can increase its claim to the oil and gas reserves that lie beneath the Arctic waters.


BP to Seek Kremlin Nod to End TNK Stalemate
April 11th, 2011

BP is expected to seek Kremlin’s nod, as it attempts to break the stalemate in negotiations with its partners in rival TNK-BP.


Silver Particles Highly Dangerous to Arctic Ecosystem
April 11th, 2011

Extremely tiny silver particles found in products like odour-killing socks are highly toxic to some beneficial Arctic soil bacteria, a Canadian study has found.


The Largest Ozone Hole Looming Over the Arctic
April 11th, 2011

Ozone loss over the Arctic has reached a record level this spring due to the continuing presence of ozone-depleting substances in Earth’s atmosphere and extremely cold temperatures in the stratosphere.


British Prince in Danger at Russian Base in the Arctic
April 11th, 2011

A broken ice runway caused Britain’s Prince Harry to be briefly stranded at a Russian base in the Arctic.



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