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Archive for July, 2010 :

Canada Intercepts Russian Bombers Near Arctic
July 31st, 2010

Canadian military jets intercepted two Russian bombers this week as they approached Canadian airspace near the Arctic, the defense ministry said Friday.


Probing Ship Security Incidents Hard To Do Fast
July 31st, 2010

The confusion around what the owners initially called a possible “attack” on a Japanese tanker in the volatile Straits of Hormuz shows the difficulties markets and policymakers face reacting to security events offshore.


Alaska Gov says Sen. Begich Proposal Unnecessary
July 31st, 2010

Alaska’s governor is opposing creation of a citizens’ advisory council to weigh in on Arctic drilling proposals.


TransCanada Gains Support for Alaska Gas Pipeline Project
July 31st, 2010

TransCanada Corp. says it has received commitments from North Slope natural gas producers to supply its Alaska natural gas pipelines project.


Senator Proposes Extending RCAC Concept to the Arctic
July 31st, 2010

US Sen. Mark Begich (R-Alas.) proposed extending the Regional Citizens Advisory Council concept to the Arctic as an alternative to continued legal challenges of offshore oil and gas activities in northern Alaska.


Icebreaker Ships to Map Arctic Seafloor
July 31st, 2010

The U.S. icebreaker ship Healy is about to set sail on its way to the Arctic, where it will burst through the sea ice in order to map the seafloor below.


Cutting Soot Emissions Best Hope for Saving Arctic Ice
July 31st, 2010

Soot from the burning of fossil fuels contributes far more to global warming than has been thought.


Firms Team Up in Arctic
July 31st, 2010

Canada’s oldest oil and gas company will team up with BP and ExxonMobil to drill in the Arctic off shore, Imperial Oil representatives said Friday.


Air Force: Arctic Thunder Show Will Go On
July 31st, 2010

Retired Col. Floyd Gori, founder of the Alaska Air Show Association, helped to create Arctic Thunder in 1990 — but he has mixed feelings about the decision to carry on with this year’s show.


A Great Day for Wilderness
July 31st, 2010

The Obama administration announced it will protect 170,000 acres of critical habitat in buffer zones south of Teshekpuk Lake in the western Arctic from oil and gas leasing.


Ship Lost for More Than 150 Years is Recovered
July 30th, 2010

Canadian archeologists have found a ship abandoned more than 150 years ago in the quest for the fabled Northwest Passage and which was lost in the search for the doomed expedition of Sir John Franklin.


Scientists Imagine an Arctic – and a World – Without Mosquitoes
July 26th, 2010

Anybody who has suffered an assault by swarms of mosquitoes in the Alaska Bush has wondered whether the world be a better place without them.


Antarctic Octopuses Found with Cold-Resistant Venom
July 25th, 2010

Researchers have discovered four new species of octopus in Antarctica with venom that works at sub-zero temperatures.


Obama Assigns Arctic Science Policy to White House
July 24th, 2010

President Obama has moved arctic science policy oversight to a White House council, according to a news release from the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.


Begich Outlines AK Priorities To Obama
July 24th, 2010

In a July 14 letter to President Obama, Sen. Mark Begich outlined Alaska’s energy priorities, as part of a dialogue over federal energy policy and energy legislation.


Inuit Back Controversial Arctic Shipping Rules
July 24th, 2010

Canada’s main Inuit organization is defending the country’s strengthened Arctic shipping regulations despite recent criticism from the world’s largest association of maritime cargo carriers that the new rules are “drastic” and may violate international law.


Archaeologists Hunt For Long-lost Arctic Explorers
July 24th, 2010

It has been more than 150 years since Capt Sir John Franklin and his 128 men perished in the Canadian Arctic, their ships lost in one of the greatest disasters of British polar exploration.


USA Will Use Nuclear Submarines to Study Arctic Ice
July 24th, 2010

The U.S. Navy and civilian scientists have established a program that enables scientists to use Navy submarines to collect data from Arctic regions that are normally beyond scientists’ reach.


Survey of Arctic Routes Seen as Critical
July 24th, 2010

A warming arctic climate could open up faster and more efficient sea travel routes but bring a risk of maritime “traffic jams,” experts say.


Cutting Into Arctic Sea Ice
July 24th, 2010

The ICESCAPE mission onboard the Healy is studying the physics, chemistry and biology of the ocean and sea ice within a changing Arctic.


Will Canada Be Frozen Out in Great Arctic Sweepstakes?
July 24th, 2010

Canada’s researchers lag in search for resilient polar microbes with potentially lucrative use in everything from laundry soap to cancer medicine.


Alaska Judge Impedes Plans for Oil and Gas Drilling in the Arctic
July 24th, 2010

The federal ruling states that the Interior Department violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to adequately consider the environmental ramifications of the proposal.


Nunavut Approves Geomapping Project Amidst Chorus of Boo-Birds
July 24th, 2010

The Nunavut Research Institute has approved a research license for a controversial project amid howls of outrage from Inuit and environmental groups.



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