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Archive for March, 2010 :

Arctic Could Become the New Singapore
March 31st, 2010

The U.S. Council for Foreign Relations predicts that some Alaskan ports may become a new Singapore, which could lead to an increase in risks of collisions and bunker spills as a result of a sudden increase in traffic.


Preserve Legacy of Open Arctic for All Humanity
March 31st, 2010

Global warming is changing the geopolitics of the Arctic. This once ice-bound region is about to become an important passage for all of humanity.


NASA IceBridge Mission Prepares for Study of Arctic Glaciers
March 31st, 2010

NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission, the largest airborne survey ever flown of Earth’s polar ice, kicked off its second year of study when NASA aircraft arrived in Greenland March 22.


Dutch Artist Places Sculptures on Melting Arctic Iceberg
March 31st, 2010

A Dutch artist arranged two large sculptures on an iceberg in Greenland to raise awareness about climate change, and people will be able to monitor it online as the ice melts.


Arctic Seabirds Troubled by Warmer Summers
March 31st, 2010

Warmer, wetter weather in the Canadian Arctic could create problems for nesting seabirds, say a team of Canadian scientists who, between them, have spent over 7,000 days observing birds in the North.


The Future History of the Arctic
March 31st, 2010

This is a book written by Charles Emmerson, which covers why and how Greenland might become independent, what kind of presence in the Arctic Canada can realistically expect to have, the changing historical fortunes of Vladivostock, what the Law of the Sea really means, and why Norway manages its fossil fuel revenues so well, among other matters.


Changes in Arctic Vegetation Amplify High-Latitude Warming Through the Greenhouse Effect
March 31st, 2010

The recent paper of Swann et al. challenges the whole idea that the net impact of increasing water vapor content would be able to reduce temperatures at high latitudes.


Claims On The Arctic
March 30th, 2010

In 2007, a Russian parliamentary deputy even descended in a submarine to plant a Russian flag on the seabed under the North Pole. This is a look on how the changing face of the region will affect global affairs.


Rare Arctic Springs Hold Clues to Jupiter’s Moon
March 30th, 2010

Extraordinarily rare springs high above the rest of the world in the Arctic could serve as Earth’s own little version of Europa, helping scientists picture what life might face on the mysterious Jovian moon.


Half of Canadians Say Use Military to Assert Arctic Sovereignty
March 30th, 2010

Half of Canadians believe we should exercise military might to assert our sovereignty in the resource-rich Arctic, an exclusive poll for QMI Agency shows.


Clinton Blasts Canada for Exclusive Arctic Talks
March 29th, 2010

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Canada for excluding aboriginal leaders and three northern nations — Iceland, Finland and Sweden — from the gathering.


Norway Says Arctic Deal with Russia Not Imminent
March 29th, 2010

Norway played down on Monday the chances of an imminent agreement with Russia on settling a decades-long dispute over a region of the Barents Sea that could be rich in natural gas and oil.


Cannon Has ‘Forward-Looking’ Meeting with Arctic Rivals
March 29th, 2010

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon met today with his counterparts from the four other nations claiming parts of the Arctic as their own.


Waters of the Arctic Ocean Keep Changing
March 29th, 2010

International scientific think-tank claims that waters of the Arctic Ocean became warmer and less saline than they have been 20 years ago.


Nunavut Draws Up Plans for Multi-million Dollar Port Pitch
March 28th, 2010

Construction of a deep water port for Iqaluit would cost at least $65 million, according to the latest plans for the project drawn up by the Government of Nunavut.


Methane Frozen Beneath Arctic Seabed Destabilising
March 25th, 2010

Huge quantities of methane below the Arctic seabed are showing signs of leaking out into the atmosphere, which would be the tipping point for climate change.


Iceland’s Eruptions Could Have Global Consequences
March 25th, 2010

Blasts of lava and ash shot out of a volcano in southern Iceland on Monday and small tremors rocked the ground, a surge in activity that raised fears of a larger explosion at the nearby Katla volcano.


The Mystery of Identical Arctic and Antarctic Water Creatures
March 25th, 2010

One of the most surprising results of a research conducted on the North and South poles was the discovery of 235 identical species that lived on these opposite sides of the world.


Big Arctic Oil Fields for Sale
March 18th, 2010

The Russian state is preparing for the sale of the Trebs and Titov oil fields in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Oil companies have long awaited a decision on the fields, which have a total of more than 200 million tons of reserves.


Proposal to Ban Int’l. Polar Bear Skins Trade, Defeated
March 18th, 2010

A U.S.-backed proposal to ban the international trade of polar bear skins, teeth and claws was defeated Thursday at a U.N. wildlife meeting over concerns it would hurt indigenous economies and arguments the practice didn’t pose a significant threat to the animals.


Ian McEwan’s Arctic Inspiration
March 18th, 2010

Ian McEwan’s new novel, “Solar,” due out here on March 30th, was inspired by a trip that he took to the Arctic, in March, 2005.


Canada-Russia Arctic Tensions Rise
March 18th, 2010

Fresh tensions between Canada and Russia emerged Wednesday after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told a session of his Security Council that his country must be prepared to defend its claims to Arctic mineral riches.


Number of High Arctic Animals Declining
March 18th, 2010

Animals in the Arctic have increased in number over the last 40 years, but populations closest to the North Pole are shrinking, a new international study says.


Putin to Attend Conference on the Arctic
March 18th, 2010

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will attend the international Arctic Conference where the exploration and development of mineral resources, environmental protection and improving transport infrastructure in the region will be discussed, an official said.


Scientists Go ‘GaGa’ to Find Creatures Beneath 600 feet of Ice
March 16th, 2010

In a surprising discovery about where higher life can thrive, scientists for the first time found a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish frolicking beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.


Canada Arctic Gas Pipeline Delayed Again
March 16th, 2010

Backers of a C$16.2 billion ($15.9 billion) Canadian Arctic gas pipeline have pushed back its planned start-up by another four years, blaming regulatory delays and lack of a financial deal with Ottawa.


Putin Justifies Russia’s Arctic Rights
March 16th, 2010

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday defended Russia’s claims for the Arctic continental shelf and called for dialogue to resolve disputes.


“Ice Arches” Act as Gatekeepers to Melting Arctic Ice
March 16th, 2010

It’s easy to imagine the Arctic ice cap as it looks on a globe — pinned firmly to one spot. However, that’s not the case. Sea ice is free to roam when it breaks up, bobbing out of the Arctic Ocean through straits that head toward the Atlantic and Pacific.


Canada, Korea Research the Arctic
March 16th, 2010

To understand more about the arctic, the Canadian and Korean governments signed a memorandum of understanding recently for joint cooperation in arctic research.


Arctic Crystals Hold Evidence of Early Ocean
March 16th, 2010

The theory that oceans covered the Earth four billion years ago has received a boost from a study of crystals found in Greenland.


Arctic Reindeer Go Off the Circadian Clock
March 15th, 2010

Reindeer adapt to the Arctic’s endless summer light and winter dark by silencing their circadian clock. The adaptation may be a general one that helps Arctic animals make the most of their weird environment.


Chilean Sea Bass Dinner Wiping Out Whales
March 15th, 2010

A one-of-a-kind killer whale population appears to be threatened by human appetites for Antarctic toothfish, better known to restaurant-goers as Chilean Sea Bass.


Why Trees Won’t Help Arctic
March 15th, 2010

In keeping options viable for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and avoiding dangerous levels of warming, planting more trees, just could possibly make things worse.


Doomsday Seed Vault On An Arctic Island Hits 1/2 Million Mark
March 12th, 2010

Two years after receiving its first deposits, a “doomsday” seed vault on an Arctic island has amassed half a million seed samples, making it the world’s most diverse repository of crop seeds, the vault’s operators announced.


Canada, U.S. Flip-Flop Positions in Beaufort Sea Boundary Dispute
March 11th, 2010

Just days after the Conservative government’s throne speech pledged to resolve several outstanding Arctic territorial disputes, polar experts have revealed an unexpected twist in the long-running disagreement over the Canada-U.S. border in the southern Beaufort Sea.


Nunavut to Balance Budget, but Fears Funding Cuts
March 11th, 2010

Nunavut has tabled a balanced budget for this year, but the territorial finance minister is concerned about deficits elsewhere.


Arctic Methane Warming Danger
March 11th, 2010

A section of the Arctic Ocean seafloor that holds vast stores of frozen methane is showing signs of instability and widespread venting of the powerful greenhouse gas, according to new research findings.


China’s Arctic Play
March 11th, 2010

‘The Arctic belongs to all the people around the world as no nation has sovereignty over it,’ says a Chinese Admiral who is staking a territorial claim. And it looks like there’s more to come.


Halogens Soar Above Arctic Sea Ice
March 11th, 2010

Halogens such as bromine and chlorine in the Arctic lower atmosphere can deplete ozone and oxidize mercury and dimethyl sulphide.


Merseyside Royal Marines Train in the Arctic Circle
March 9th, 2010

Marines from across Merseyside were among thousands of troops who spent a month in the icy fjords of the Arctic to hone their skills.


Llanberis Climbers to Conquer Unclimbed Arctic Peak on Baffin Island
March 9th, 2010

Three Welsh climbers are preparing to conquer a previously unclimbed, mile-high vertical wall on the Arctic’s remote Baffin Island.


Dogs to Join Military Sovereignty Patrol of Canadian Arctic
March 9th, 2010

Canadian soldiers who will patrol higher into Canada’s Arctic than ever before to enforce national sovereignty will do so with the help of a country often seen as a chief rival for control of the increasingly accessible region.


Economist Predicts Iceland Shipping Boom
March 9th, 2010

The London School of Economics professor Robert Wade believes Iceland has an important part to play in the future of trans-Arctic shipping.


Ottawa Unveils New Arctic Ship-Registration Rules
March 9th, 2010

The Transport Minister announced that as of July 1, all ships greater that 300 tonnes of displacement making Arctic voyages, whether they be foreign or domestic, must register with the federal government.


China Eyes Arctic Shipping
March 3rd, 2010

The melting Arctic ice-cap changes the geopolitical map in the north. Now, China is preparing for the Arctic being navigable during summer months.


Arctic Experts To Discuss Border Dispute
March 3rd, 2010

The long-standing dispute over where in the Beaufort Sea the Canada-U.S. marine boundary should be located will be tackled by some Arctic experts this week.


Melting Arctic: Think of the Bering Strait As the Next Panama Canal
March 3rd, 2010

As Arctic sea ice melts at unprecedented rates, opening new shipping routes, it is time for Alaskans to demand a seat at the table for planning coastal infrastructure.


Scientists Say Polar Bears Survived Climate Change Before
March 3rd, 2010

A fossil find suggests that polar bears have already survived a global warming from 130,000 to 115,000 years ago, when the Greenland ice sheet and the Arctic ice cap were smaller than now.


Murkowski Speaks at Arctic Policy Talks at Foreign Relations Council
March 3rd, 2010

Senator Murkowski helped lead a discussion on U.S. Arctic policy at a roundtable forum today at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.



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