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Archive for January, 2011 :

Polar Bear’s Epic 9 Day Swim in Search of Sea Ice
January 27th, 2011

A polar bear swam continuously for over nine days, covering 687km (426 miles), a new study has revealed.


Russia: Arctic Short-Cut Shipping to Leap in 2011
January 27th, 2011

Russia predicted on Tuesday a surge in voyages on an Arctic short-cut sea route in 2011 as a thaw linked to climate change opens the region even more to shipping and oil and mining companies.


Russian Icebreakers Struggle with Ice in Arctic Rescue
January 27th, 2011

The Krasin and Admiral Makarov icebreakers, which are rescuing a large Russian fishing ship in the Arctic, have covered only 1.8 miles in heavy ice floe in the past 24 hours, the Far Eastern Shipping Company said on Thursday.


Arcelor Poised to Take Control of Baffinland
January 27th, 2011

ArcelorMittal all but clinched a deal to acquire a giant Arctic iron ore deposit after a majority of shares in Canada’s Baffinland Iron Mines were tendered to its C$590 million ($596 million) takeover bid.


Staking Claim in the Arctic
January 27th, 2011

Defining boundaries and jurisdiction in the Arctic has long been a contentious subject between countries, eager to lay claim to parts of the resource-rich region.


Arctic Security Means More than Arctic Sovereignty
January 27th, 2011

The Northwest Passage could be part of Canada’s internal waters. It could be an international strait. That debate continues, as illustrated by the results of the poll on Arctic security.


Spill Commission Co-Chair Endorses Exploratory Arctic Wells
January 27th, 2011

One of the leaders of the President’s Oil Spill Commission endorsed Shell’s plan on Wednesday to drill an exploratory well in the Arctic, even though he admits spill research is inadequate.


Arctic Oscillation Chills North America, Warms Arctic
January 27th, 2011

Snow fell in the U.S. Deep South, severe storms battered the East Coast, and International Falls, Minnesota, set a new temperature record: -46 degrees Fahrenheit (-43 degrees Celsius) on January 21. But in areas north of the United States and southern Canada, temperatures were above normal.


Alaska Lawmakers Press Oil Spill Panel on Recommendations
January 27th, 2011

As the new Congress got fully under way this week, the politics of oil moved quickly to the front burner.


Loss of Sea Ice Poses Mercury Risk
January 27th, 2011

A new study in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests that declines in sea ice cover might affect the amount of mercury entering into the Arctic marine food chain.


Experts Seek Arctic Climate Early Warning System
January 27th, 2011

Scientists sought on Wednesday to pin down triggers for abrupt climate shifts in the Arctic, such as a feared runaway melt of Greenland’s ice sheet, to create an early warning system for governments.


BP and Russia to Operate Jointly in Arctic Shelf Oil Deal
January 24th, 2011

The world crude giant, British Petroleum (BP) is set to make a comeback in this fiscal and has agreed to a joint project with Russian state-controlled energy firm Rosneft to explore Russia’s oil and gas rich Arctic shelf.


GAC and TransAtlantic Sign Arctic Agency Agreement
January 24th, 2011

GAC Norway has welcomed TransAtlantic’s ice-breaking anchor handler Tor Viking II to Hammerfest after its transit of the ice-bound northeast passage, under a new agency agreement that brings together two companies with plans for Arctic expansion.


KOGAS Buys Stake in Arctic Gas Field
January 24th, 2011

Korea Gas Corp. is set to become the first Korean firm to develop resources in the Arctic.


Spill Report Could Delay Arctic Drilling
January 24th, 2011

The presidential commission that probed the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico also delivered a setback to Shell Oil Co. and others that hope to drill in Arctic waters near Alaska.


Prepare for $200 Oil
January 24th, 2011

There have been no major oil finds in 40 years. The find off the coast of Brazil wouldn’t cut it. The Arctic reserves is elusive as the melting ice caps. The oil price is likely to reach $200 per barrel, says Jim Rogers.


Former President Talks About Preserving Arctic Refuge
January 24th, 2011

Attendees to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Services last January 18th, heard from former President Jimmy Carter about his efforts to expand the Artic refuge and protect it from oil drilling.


Prince Harry to Join Soldiers for Gruelling Arctic Trek
January 24th, 2011

Prince Harry is in intensive training to take part in a gruelling 200-mile trek across Arctic pack ice to the North Pole with four disabled soldiers.


Fighting Fiercely to Keep Alaska Wild
January 24th, 2011

For Douglas Brinkley and his conservation heroes, Alaska is above all a place to be defended.


Baffinland Deadline Looms After Long Takeover Fight
January 24th, 2011

Stakeholders in Baffinland Iron Mines, owner of a vast Arctic iron ore deposit, have until midnight on Monday to tender to a C$590 million ($594 million) takeover offer led by No. 1 steelmaker ArcelorMittal, ending a months-long standoff.


Researchers Get Grant to Study Deadly Disease Plaguing Arctic Birds
January 24th, 2011

A new bird disease has arrived in Canada’s Arctic, one so lethal it can kill thousands of ducks in a dense colony in a lightning-fast outbreak.


The Great Arctic Solar Mystery: Why Did Sunlight Return to Greenland Two Days Early?
January 24th, 2011

Forget what the groundhog says, the winter may have ended two days early in Greenland.


Rosneft and BP are Planning to Drill for Oil in a Remote Region of the Arctic
January 22nd, 2011

Russian Rosneft oil company and British BP will explore the Kara Sea, known for its energy resources and the most fragile environment in the world. This fact frightens ecologists.


EU Lacks Arctic Policy, Lawmakers Complain
January 22nd, 2011

Northern European communities should find a place at the top of the EU agenda because of natural resources and region concerns, European lawmakers said.


Begich Urges Exploration of Arctic Seas
January 22nd, 2011

Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich today said oil and gas exploration in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off his state’s coastline should proceed — along with critical investments in scientific research, infrastructure and oil spill response capabilities.


Alaska Health Officials Warn of Toxin in North Pole Gardens
January 22nd, 2011

Alaska health officials are warning North Pole residents to avoid using well water on their gardens after tests showed traces of an industrial chemical.


Can Harper Wait Out the Election Traffic Jam?
January 22nd, 2011

Forcing every ship entering the Northwest Passage to obtain a licence? We don’t know what the Tories have in store for their 2011 Arctic agenda, but an agenda there will be.


Leading the Charge Against Lead
January 22nd, 2011

A Utilities Kingston team is testing water in local houses to ensure no one ends up like Sir John Franklin, who may have died of lead poisoning from cans of preserved food.


Rare Whale Heads Toward U.S.
January 22nd, 2011

A highly endangered whale typically seen near Russia’s shore is taking a swim across the Bering Sea toward Alaska.


Arctic Unlocked
January 22nd, 2011

Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic has been an issue, or at least a topic of interest, for everyone who has served in the Parliament of Canada since Confederation, especially since Laurier.


Arctic Alaska Offshore, a 40-year Recap
January 22nd, 2011

The state of offshore drilling in Alaska’s Arctic can be summed up in one word: uncertain.


Melting Arctic Ice Could Fuel Interbreeding by Mammals
January 21st, 2011

As the world heats up and polar ice melts, different types of bears, whales and seals could meet and mate–but these unions may be far from happy, researchers said.


Deadly Avian Cholera Threatens Ducks in Canadian Arctic
January 21st, 2011

A new bird disease has arrived in Canada’s Arctic, one so lethal it can kill thousands of ducks in a dense colony in a lightning-fast outbreak.


Snow Man: Bruce Parry Explores the Arctic
January 21st, 2011

What takes Britain’s most intrepid broadcaster to the extremes of the planet? It’s all about telling the whole story, says Bruce Parry


Arctic May Be Warming Faster Than Previously Thought
January 21st, 2011

Shrinking ice and snow cover across the Arctic has sabotaged the Far North’s “albedo” — one of the Earth’s tried-and-true methods of chilling itself and maintaining a relatively stable global climate.


Eggs Show Arctic Mercury Cycling May Be Linked to Ice Cover
January 21st, 2011

An international research team has suggested for the first time that mercury cycling in the flora and fauna of the Arctic may be linked to the amount of ice cover present.


Make Way for the Arctic’s Mighty Mammal
January 21st, 2011

They may be small and cute but in the Arctic food web, lemmings are a mighty keystone species whose future depends on snow — and plenty of it.


Oil Leak Is Latest Mishap for Alaska’s Troubled Pipelines
January 11th, 2011

Almost all oil production on Alaska’s North Slope remains shut down after workers on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system discovered a leak over the weekend.


U.S. Slow to Protect Arctic Interests
January 11th, 2011

U.S. reaction to the opening of arctic sea lanes and access to seabed resources as global warming reduces ice in the region is slow and inadequate, experts say.


Greenland Steps Up Its Independence Calls as Oil Ambitions Grow
January 11th, 2011

Greenland’s goal of gaining full independence from Denmark is getting closer as rising oil prices and melting ice spark renewed interest in its fossil fuels from companies such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Statoil ASA.


Alameda Firm Builds Arctic-Bound Sub
January 11th, 2011

When scientists begin probing the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in an effort to better understand the effects of global warming, they’ll do so with the aid of a 28-foot-long robotic submarine designed by an Alameda firm.


Melting Arctic, Unprepared US
January 11th, 2011

According to The Washington Post, U.S. military leaders are still lamenting their lack of preparedness in the Arctic region as economic activity there continues to increase.


Extreme High Pressure System May Affect Alaska Aviation
January 11th, 2011

A severe high-pressure system in the Interior and Arctic this week is expected to cause a strong temperature inversion and air pressure high enough to affect some airplane instrument systems.


Researchers Brave Icy Waters to Study Arctic Food Web
January 11th, 2011

Professor Deborah Bronk of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is now leading a VIMS study of the Arctic coastal ecosystem, and how climate change might affect the supply of nutrients that supports the food web on which native peoples depend.


Mummified Forest Discovered in Arctic Circle
January 11th, 2011

On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic where no trees now grow, a newly unearthed mummified forest is giving researchers a peek into how plants reacted to ancient climate change.


Inuit Dog Sleds Help Measure Arctic Sea Ice
January 11th, 2011

Dog sleds that have carried Inuit hunters since the earliest times are now helping tow high technology across the Arctic to investigate the latest global warming-related changes in sea ice there.


Arctic Sea Ice May Be Affecting Weather Patterns: Expert
January 11th, 2011

The shrunken Arctic ice pack could be to blame for the warm rains showering Alaska while typically milder Georgia and Florida freeze, experts said on Friday.


Polar Explorers Announces 2011 and 2012 Dates for Greenland Icecap Crossing Expeditions
January 11th, 2011

Polar Explorers guides lead amateur explorers across Greenland’s icecap following a daily regimen of cross country ski trekking, camping in expedition tents and exploring Greenland’s vast wilderness.


Arctic Blast Predicted … Are You Prepared?
January 11th, 2011

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will begin tumbling into the low 20s Monday night, remain in the 20s and 30s Tuesday and Wednesday and sink into the low and mid 20s Wednesday night before Johnson County begins to warm into the 40s on Thursday.


Sault’s Prosperity to Depend on Environmental Choices Now
January 7th, 2011

In 2007, a northwest passage briefly opened in the Arctic ice, almost a century before any climate change models predicted it would happen. So does this mean transpolar trade is closer to reality?


The Melting Arctic: A Threat to Indigenous Land and Culture?
January 7th, 2011

Climate change in the circumpolar region has had and will continue to have devastating effects on the Indigenous peoples who consider the region to be their homeland.


Arctic Search and Rescue Treaty in Works
January 7th, 2011

Canada and other northern nations are expected to sign a treaty that would clarify how search and rescue efforts are handled in the Arctic.


Drilling In An Arctic Frontier
January 7th, 2011

Alaska’s outer continental shelf is a starkly beautiful ecosystem populated by polar bears, bowhead whales, and arctic seabirds. It’s also a bonanza for oil companies.


Shipping Pollution a Danger Around Bering Sea
January 7th, 2011

With climate change reducing Arctic ice, Aleut and Pribilof people will find themselves living at the crossroads of two shipping lanes ¯ the Great Circle route to Asia and the fabled Northwest Passage. It also means that those of us living in the Bering Sea region will be increasingly exposed to unprecedented levels of virtually unregulated emissions.


Hurtigruten Breaks Through the Ice
January 7th, 2011

Norway’s passenger shipping line Hurtigruten hasn’t only sailed through a sea of financial trouble in recent years. Now it’s setting records in the winter off-season and charting a new course in Arctic areas.


Ancient Ships Hold Key to Future
January 7th, 2011

A research project lead by Sunderland University is looking to the past to help with the future.


A Reporter’s Eye View
January 7th, 2011

There were some unexpected twists in 2010 in the story of Lancaster Sound, an ecologically rich stretch of Arctic waters north of Baffin Island.


Global Warming Shines a Light on the Dark Arctic Winter
January 7th, 2011

The eternal darkness that blankets the high Arctic three months a year is becoming brighter every year and, according to one observer, it’s the result of global warming.


Is Arctic Sea Ice Endangered?
January 7th, 2011

A new report issued Wednesday by the Endangered Species Coalition names Arctic sea ice as one of the top 10 places to save for wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction.


Maritime Border Agreement Key Event in Arctic Cooperation — Russian Ambassador
January 4th, 2011

The agreement between Russian and Norway on delineation of the Barents Sea was a key event in in 2010 and opens new horizons of cooperation between the two countries, says Russian Ambassador at Large Anton Vasiliev.


Cairn Secures Arctic Rigs; Desire Falklands Blow
January 4th, 2011

Oil firm Cairn Energy secured two rigs for its Greenland drilling campaign, boosting Arctic exploration hopes and sending its shares higher on Tuesday.


Statoil says Snoehvit LNG to Restart After Repairs
January 4th, 2011

Norwegian oil and gas producer Statoil (STL.OL) said its Snoehvit liquefied natural gas facility in the Arctic has begun lengthy restarting procedures after a malfunction and would reach full capacity this month.


U.S. Step Toward New Oil Leasing Puts Focus on Alaskan Waters
January 4th, 2011

The U.S. offshore-drilling agency on Monday said it would hold a dozen public meetings next month — more than half in Alaska — as part of a process to auction off offshore oil and gas drilling leases from 2012 through 2017.


Shell’s Offshore Arctic Plans Dealt Another Legal Blow
January 4th, 2011

Shell faces another setback in its plans to drill for offshore oil in the Arctic, this time from a federal board that sided with Alaska Native and environmental groups and kicked air quality permits back to the Environmental Protection Agency for further review.


TGS-Nopec Signs DMNG Deal
January 4th, 2011

Norway-based seismic player TGS-Nopec has signed a three-year deal with Russian geophysical services company Dalmorneftegeophysica Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for work in the Arctic.


Let Science Inform Arctic Drilling Decisions
January 4th, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar must not back away from a pledge to seek out the best science and research before making decisions on oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.


‘Double Whammy’ Warms Nunavut
January 4th, 2011

A lack of sea ice in parts of Canada’s eastern Arctic is contributing to unusually mild temperatures in Nunavut, according to scientists.


Archaeology in Arctic Norway
January 4th, 2011

The Varanger Peninsula is at the very northeastern edge of the country of Norway, in fact the very northern limits of mainland Europe, well above the arctic circle and near the Russian border.


Distressed Arctic Bird Rescued in Padanaram
January 4th, 2011

A small, ocean-going bird showed up in an unexpected spot Monday: a street in Padanaram Village.



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