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Archive for August, 2012 :

Why the Arctic Is Becoming a ‘Giant Slushie’
August 29th, 2012

Long-term thinning of Arctic sea ice combined with an intense, windy storm over the Arctic in early August contributed to a new record low for sea-ice extent.


Arctic Cap On Course For Record Melt
August 28th, 2012

The Arctic ice cap is melting at a startlingly rapid rate and may shrink to its smallest-ever level within weeks as the planet’s temperatures rise.


Antarctica Warmth ‘Unusual, But Not Unique’
August 23rd, 2012

The recent Antarctic Peninsula temperature rise and associated ice loss is unusual but not unprecedented, according to research.


Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet Breaks 30-Year Record
August 16th, 2012

The Greenland ice sheet shattered a seasonal record, with more cumulative melting since record-keeping began more than three decades ago, new research finds.


Cruise Sets Sail to Count Fish Off Alaska
August 14th, 2012

A group of researchers has embarked on the first comprehensive study of marine life in the eastern Chukchi Sea near Alaska.


Coast Guard Prepares for Expanded Arctic Role
August 7th, 2012

The Coast Guard is ready for expanded activity in Arctic waters, including petroleum exploration, even though the nearest agency base is more than 750 miles southeast of the Bering Strait, on Kodiak Island.


Military to Spend $1 Billion on Armed Drones for Arctic Patrols
August 7th, 2012

Canadian defence leaders pitched the idea of spending up to $600 million for armed drones to take part in the Libyan war shortly before the conflict ended, according to documents.


Rare Earth Metals Under Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet Could Trigger Mining Rush
August 3rd, 2012

For Greenpeace, the urgent demand for renewable energy technology means mining for rare earths can be an environmentally beneficial activity – provided it is done in the right way.



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