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  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Darker Arctic Contributing to Global Warming

    02/19/2014 5:26:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | 02/18/2014 | Stephen Grace
    Darker Arctic waters, revealed as a result of melting snow caps. are contributing to global warming. This finding was shared as part of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The continued melting of polar snow caps is a well-documented phenomenon, with grassroots environmental action group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) confirming NASA’s finding that the extent of the polar icecap was the sixth lowest of all time. Over the course of a decade, the Arctic has lost over 432,000 square miles (1.12 million square kilometers) of ice as compared to the average between 1981 and 2010. The white,...
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy Confuses Arctic with Antarctic at Global Warming Debate

    02/17/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Arctic, Antarctic, who cares? The science is settled. Just look at this hockey stick. So what if it’s really a baseball bat. The science is settled, I tell you. We settled it one weekend and now it’s settled for good. At 8 min. 30 seconds in, Nye holds up a picture of Arctic and asks: ‘Would you say that the Antarctic has less ice than it used to?’Climate Depot’s Answer: NO! See: Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is on track to have highest minimum in modern satellite era! – ‘Sea Ice Extent is 27.4% above normal as of Feb 7 2014′Er,...
  • State Dept. Creating Arctic Ambassador Post

    02/14/2014 6:56:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 14, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    An Alaska senator said the State Department called his office today to say that they would be creating a post for a U.S. ambassador to the Arctic. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced the United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act a year ago, pressing Secretary of State John Kerry to make the appointment on economic and national security grounds. Six of the eight Arctic nations currently have ambassador-level diplomats representing their interests before the Arctic Council. The United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015. “It’s not always easy explaining to Washington bureaucrats how...
  • Winter weirdness: Is Arctic warming to blame?

    02/10/2014 1:36:03 PM PST · by CedarDave · 38 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor (via Yahoo) ^ | February 9, 2014 | Pete Spotts
    For Alaskans who have basked in record warmth, Atlantans who abandoned cars during a January snowstorm, or Californians enduring drought, this winter's extremes have been nothing if not memorable. Drought or unusual warmth is in sync with the effects that climate scientists expect from global warming. But what about wintertime invasions of Arctic air into the US Deep South or into China, where, a new study indicates, record cold events became more frequent over the past 10 to 20 years? For some climate scientists, January's extremes and the atmospheric patterns that nurtured and sustained them are fresh bits of information...
  • CryoSat shows Arctic sea ice volume up 50% from last year

    02/05/2014 1:32:59 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    Watts Up with That ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Anthony Watts
    Measurements from ESA’s CryoSat satellite show that the volume of Arctic sea ice has significantly increased this past autumn. The volume of ice measured this autumn is about 50% higher compared to last year. In October 2013, CryoSat measured about 9000 cubic km of sea ice – a notable increase compared to 6000 cubic km in October 2012. Over the last few decades, satellites have shown a downward trend in the area of Arctic Ocean covered by ice. However, the actual volume of sea ice has proven difficult to determine because it moves around and so its thickness can change....
  • Huge Natural Gas From Methane Hydrates Process Developed

    05/03/2012 12:51:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 57 replies
    New Energy and Fuel ^ | May 3, 2012
    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu contributed a statement to an announced breakthrough in research into tapping the vast fuel resource of methane hydrates that could eventually bolster already massive U.S. natural gas reserves.As Al Fin pointed out yesterday natural gas is priced to a barrel of oil equivalent at about $10-$11 per the estimable Geoffrey Styles view, something less than 10% of the cost of oil. For North Americans adding a viable and hopefully low cost means to make use of gas hydrates could be giant boost to low cost fuel sources and a massive kick to...
  • Canada and Russia battle for the Arctic

    01/05/2014 1:34:33 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 5 replies
    Maclean's ^ | January 5, 2014 | Jonathon Gatehouse
    It’s a hot fight over one of the coldest places on earth. Just in time for Christmas, Canada announced its intention to lay claim to the North Pole, some 800 km north of Alert, Nunavut, the country’s—and the world’s—northernmost settlement. However, in this case it’s not the sheet of sea ice that’s important, rather what might lie four kilometres below. By some estimates, the high Arctic is home to 15 per cent of the globe’s undiscovered oil and as much as 30 per cent of its untapped natural gas. And the scramble for title to those undersea riches has placed...
  • PQ-17 - an Arctic convoy disaster.

    01/05/2014 9:28:31 AM PST · by Vanders9 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/03/14 | Jeremy Clarkson
    PQ 17 was the code name for an Allied World War II convoy in the Arctic Ocean. In July 1942, the Arctic convoys suffered a significant defeat when Convoy PQ 17 lost 24 of its 35 merchant ships during a series of heavy enemy daylight attacks which lasted a week.
  • Putin orders military to boost Arctic presence

    12/11/2013 8:45:40 AM PST · by robowombat · 14 replies
    Terranet ^ | Dec 10, 2013
    President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's military on Tuesday to step up its presence in the Arctic after Canada signalled it planned to claim the North Pole and surrounding waters. The tough and rapid response to Canada's announcement reflected Russia's desire to protect its oil and natural gas interests in the pristine but energy-rich region amid competing claims there by countries that also include Norway and Denmark. Putin told an expanded defence ministry meeting that Russia's national interests and security lay in a bolstered Arctic presence after a brief post-Soviet retreat. "I would like you to devote special attention to deploying...
  • Race to claim High Arctic's oil resources may be a fool's mission

    12/14/2013 8:46:35 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 8 replies
    CBC News ^ | Dec. 14, 2013 | Andre Mayer
    When asked earlier this week about extending Canada's territorial claims in the Arctic, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was clear about the rationale. "We are determined to ensure that all Canadians benefit from the tremendous resources that are to be found in Canada's Far North," he said. But while the federal government is eager to establish its claims to the polar seabed, some Arctic experts believe that Ottawa is putting too much stock in trying to reap the potential riches of such a harsh domain. "The central Arctic Ocean is exceedingly remote, thousands of kilometres from any port, from any...
  • Arctic storms that churn seas and melt ice more common than thought.

    12/11/2013 4:29:16 PM PST · by gooblah · 32 replies
    Breitbart/upi ^ | December 11
    Arctic storms swirling around the top of the world are more common than previously thought with about 1,900 in the first decade of the century, researchers say. As they churn across the top of the globe each year they leave warm water and air in their wakes, melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, scientists at Ohio State University reported Wednesday.
  • Canada plans claim that would include North Pole

    12/10/2013 3:41:00 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 21 replies
    Fox News NY ^ | December 9, 2013 | Charmaine Noronha
    TORONTO (AP) — Canada plans to make a claim to the North Pole in an effort to assert its sovereignty in the resource-rich Arctic, the country's foreign affairs minister said Monday. John Baird said the government has asked scientists to work on a future submission to the United Nations claiming that the outer limits of the country's continental shelf include the pole, which so far has been claimed by no one. Canada last week applied to extend its seabed claims in the Atlantic Ocean, including some preliminary Arctic claims, but it wants more time to prepare a claim that would...
  • Canada plans claim to resource-rich Arctic, including North Pole

    12/10/2013 5:34:10 AM PST · by thackney · 21 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | December 10, 2013 | Charmaine Noronha
    Canada plans to make a claim to the North Pole in an effort to assert its sovereignty in the resource-rich Arctic, the country’s foreign affairs minister said Monday. John Baird said the government has asked scientists to work on a future submission to the United Nations claiming that the outer limits of the country’s continental shelf include the pole, which so far has been claimed by no one. Canada last week applied to extend its seabed claims in the Atlantic Ocean, including some preliminary Arctic claims, but it wants more time to prepare a claim that would include the pole....
  • Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Means Scorching US Summers (Conclusions from earlier data)

    12/08/2013 6:41:54 PM PST · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 8, 2013 | Becky Oskin
    Thirty years of shrinking Arctic sea ice has boosted extreme summer weather, including heat waves and drought, in the United States and elsewhere, according to a study published today (Dec. 8) in the journal Nature Climate Change. The new study — based on satellite tracking of sea ice, snow cover and weather trends since 1979 — links the Arctic's warming climate to shifting weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere's midlatitudes. "The results of our new study provide further support and evidence for rapid Arctic warming contributing to the observed increased frequency and intensity of heat waves," said study co-author Jennifer...
  • Putin Says Russia Needs to Beef up Arctic Presence

    12/03/2013 6:27:09 AM PST · by oxcart · 5 replies ^ | 12/03/13
    President Vladimir Putin says that Russia should beef up its presence in the Arctic for economic and military reasons. Putin said Tuesday that the Arctic holds rich oil and gas and mineral resources. He also argued that the Arctic region is important for national security reasons. Both Russia and the United States have a strong navy presence in the region.
  • Arctic ice cap grows 29% in one year

    12/02/2013 7:06:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/02/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    Global warming hysterics at the BBC warned us in 2007 that by summer 2013, the Arctic would be ice-free. As with so many other doomsday predictions by warmists, the results turn out to be quite the opposite. The UK Daily Mail reports: A chilly Arctic summer has left 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year - an increase of 29 per cent. (snip)...days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to...
  • Arctic mystery fish identified

    11/19/2013 7:40:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    CBC News ^ | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 4:53 PM CT|
    Nigel Hussey, a researcher who works with the Ocean Tracking Network, says the fish some speculated was a goblin shark is actually the mysterious "long-nosed chimaera" — mysterious because they're rarely caught.
  • Fossils prove that giant camels once roamed the Arctic

    11/01/2013 7:33:08 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 23 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Mar 05 2013 | By Tanya Lewis
    High Arctic camels, like those shown in this illustration, lived on Ellesmere Island during the Pliocene warm period about 3.5 million years ago. (Image: Julius Csotonyi) Camels are the poster animals for the desert, but researchers now have evidence that these shaggy beasts once lived in the Canadian High Arctic. The fossil remains of a 3.5-million-year-old camel were found on Ellesmere Island in Canada's northernmost territory, Nunavut. The camel was about 30 percent bigger than modern camels and was identified using a technique called collagen fingerprinting. The finding, detailed in March 5 in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that...
  • Camels' Humps Originated in the Arctic

    03/05/2013 11:03:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Mar 2013
    Camels get their humps from giant ancestors which roamed the Arctic rather than the desert and stored fat on their back to help them survive polar conditions, researchers claim.New fragments of leg bone discovered in the far north of Canada suggest that modern camels are descended from ancestors which lived within the Arctic Circle. Thirty fossilised pieces of a lower leg bone belonging to a camel which lived 3.5 million years ago were found by researchers on Ellesmere Island, in Canada's High Arctic. The giant mammals would likely have measured up to 3.5m (11ft) in height and had one hump...
  • Global Warming Halts, Arctic Ice Multiplies (article)

    10/18/2013 7:51:53 AM PDT · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Oct. 16, 2013 | Brian Thomas
    Global Warming Halts, Arctic Ice Multiplies by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Fox News recently reported, "Arctic sea ice up 60 percent in 2013," publishing dramatic before and after satellite images of Earth's Arctic region.1 How could ice increase if man-made industrial emissions—which have not appreciably diminished of late—continue to heat the earth, melt glaciers, and kill polar bears? Scientists are producing conflicting predictions from the same available climate data—what pieces might their models be missing? A technical comment published in Nature Climate Change shows that the actual warming trend from 1993 to 2012 was "significantly slower" than predictions from climate...
  • Wood Stove Ban Made Universal

    10/02/2013 2:10:04 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 248 replies ^ | September 30, 2013
    For many years, those of us in the Arctic have been fighting the wood stove ban. The use of PM2.5 particulates has been an issue pursued by local agencies as a way to swipe at those who choose to live beyond the borders of traditional civilization. That attack has now extended to the rest of the United States. In a stunning move, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to ban most of the operational wood stoves in the U.S. In those places where there is you, God, and nature, the wood stove has represented that one thing that can sustain. Going...
  • Arctic sea ice coming back strongly

    10/01/2013 8:35:02 AM PDT · by Signalman · 4 replies
    IARC-JAXA ^ | 10/1/2013 | self
    This year's sea-ice Sept. minimum was significantly higher than that of 2007, 2011 and last year's. And, since the minimum,it has been increasing at a rate faster than the previous years as can been seen in this graph.
  • Greenpeace: "Arctic Sunrise"'s crew is kneeled at gunpoint

    09/20/2013 1:03:50 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 49 replies
    The crew has been herded to the upper deck and forced to stay there kneeled at gunpoint. Some crewman locked themselves in the radioshack. A search is underway, doors are being beaten out. We still hold the press-room from Spetznaz. We'll keep on writing on what is going on here. We don't know for how long the door will survive.
  • Greenpeace says 2 activists held in Russian Arctic, warning shots fired

    09/18/2013 3:18:56 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 34 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | September 18, 2013
    MOSCOW – The environmentalist group Greenpeace says two of its activists have been arrested after climbing onto an oil platform in Russia's Arctic waters. It claims warning shots were fired across the organization's ship. A Greenpeace statement says the arrests were made Wednesday in the Pechora Sea, a section of the Barents Sea. The activists, who climbed a platform belonging to state gas company Gazprom, are being held on a Russian Coast Guard ship, according to Greenpeace. The statement said the Coast Guard fired 11 shots across the Greenpeace ship that brought activists to the area. A spokeswoman for the...
  • Arctic Ice Rebounds, Buries Global Warming

    09/10/2013 4:45:09 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 9 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 09/10/13 | LD Jackson
    I would simply be amiss if I didn't write about this news. Remember how we have been informed by the scientific community that global warming is on the march and how it is all our fault? Remember the claims they have made that the Arctic could experience an ice-free summer in 2013? As it turns out, that hasn't happened. In fact, quite the opposite has taken place. Instead of the ice receding, it has gained ground (or would that be water) in 2013. This comes to us from The Daily Mail, via Hot Air. A chilly Arctic summer has left...
  • Global Warming Tour Cut Off By--Wait for It-- Too Much Ice!

    09/09/2013 3:05:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 9, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    In an effort to highlight the impacts of global warming, four fun loving environmentalists decided to row the Northwest Passage in Canada, which used to be cut off by ice accumulation. Unfortunately, their trek was cut short by seasonally cold temperatures and – you guessed it – ice. “After learning that ice choked much of the route ahead, the group decided to end their trip at Cambridge Bay, about halfway to Pond Inlet,” reported CBC. Apparently there is just not enough global warming happening right now. (Maybe the group should have driven around town in a Hummer a few times...
  • Global warming? No, actually we're cooling, claim scientists

    09/08/2013 6:06:11 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Global warming? No, actually we're cooling, claim scientists A cold Arctic summer has led to a record increase in the ice cap, leading experts to predict a period of global cooling. By Hayley Dixon 9:55AM BST 08 Sep 2013 Comments204 Comments There has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, they equivalent of almost a million square miles. In a rebound from 2012's record low an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia's northern shores, days...
  • And now it's global cooling! Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year

    09/08/2013 8:39:55 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 7, 2013 | David Rose
    A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 60 per cent. The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013. Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores. The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked...
  • Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year

    09/07/2013 9:07:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7 September 2013 | By David Rose
    A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 60 per cent. The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013. Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores.
  • Arctic Sea Ice bounces back

    09/01/2013 10:17:37 AM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    IARC-JAXA ^ | 9/1/2013 | IJIS
    The graph shows the Arctic Sea Ice Extant (in square kilometers) for 2013, 2011, 2007, and 2012. Arctic Sea Ice Extant has almost reached the minimum (which usually occurs around mid-Sept) for this year. In a December 2007 article appearing in National Geographic News, NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally predicted that the Arctic would be ice free in the Summer of 2012, That did not happen, as the graph shows, and this year the Summer minimum will be significantly higher than it was in 2012, as well as being higher than it was for 2007 and 2011.
  • Arctic Sea Ice making a comeback (bad news for the warmists)

    08/23/2013 9:12:34 AM PDT · by Signalman · 23 replies
    IJIS Institute ^ | 8/22/2013 | JAX
    The graph below shows the current state of the Arctic sea ice extant (measured in square kilometers)and how it looked in recent years(2007, 2011 and 2012). It's looks like the 2013 sea ice extant minimum (which occurs in mid-Sept.) will be much higher than it was for last year, which was the lowest ever recorded.
  • Russia 'blocks Greenpeace ship'

    08/21/2013 5:34:26 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 23 replies
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 21 August 2013 | unknown
    Russia has blocked a Greenpeace ship from entering Arctic waters where the environmentalist group was planning to protest against oil exploration activities by Rosneft and ExxonMobil, the group said. Russian authorities denied the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise entry to the Northern Sea Route, citing questions over the vessel's ice strengthening, Greenpeace said in a statement... ..."This is a thinly veiled attempt to stifle peaceful protest and keep international attention away from Arctic oil exploration in Russia," Greenpeace campaigner Christy Ferguson said in a statement... ...Greenpeace said it wanted to "expose" the offshore activities of Russian oil company Rosneft and US partner...
  • Arctic Methane Claims Questioned

    08/06/2013 2:59:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Live Science ^ | 26 July 2013 | Becky Oskin
    A scientific controversy erupted this week over claims that methane trapped beneath the Arctic Ocean could suddenly escape, releasing huge quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas, in coming decades, with a huge cost to the global economy. The issue being debated is this: Could the Arctic seafloor really fart out 50 billion tons of methane in the next few decades? In a commentary published in the journal Nature on Wednesday (July 24), researchers predicted that the rapid shrinking of Arctic sea ice would warm the Arctic Ocean, thawing permafrost beneath the East Siberian Sea and releasing methane gas trapped in...
  • World faces US$60-trillion ‘economic time-bomb’ from Arctic methane leakage, study suggests

    07/25/2013 5:05:49 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 24 replies
    Financial Post ^ | July 25, 2013 | Reuters
    LONDON — A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to US$60-trillion over coming decades, according to a paper published in the journal Nature. Researchers at the University of Cambridge and Erasmus University in the Netherlands used economic modelling to calculate the consequences of a release of a 50-gigatonne reservoir of methane from thawing permafrost under the East Siberian Sea.
  • Arctic Muslims Risk Health During Ramadan

    07/11/2013 3:53:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Jul 13
    Swedish Muslims north of the Arctic circle have long waited for and feared this summer. When the sun never sets, they have pondered how to observe Ramadan, when devout Muslims fast from sun up to sun down for a month. "Kiruna is as high up as you get in Sweden, the sun never sets during this month," Ali Melhem, 45, who has lived in Kiruna for 24 years told The Local. As the fasting month is set by the moon, Ramadan usually moves about 10 days forward in the calender each year, which means this is the first summer it...
  • Mars Society Proposes A Year-Long Arctic Mission To Better Prepare for the Red Planet

    05/25/2013 5:10:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Universe Today ^ | May 25, 2013 | Elizabeth Howell on
    The Arctic’s a lot like Mars, according to the Mars Society. It’s cold, it’s isolated, and it’s kind of dangerous. And, the society says, it’s ready to bring humans to the Arctic for a year to make a mission there even more Mars-realistic. The proposed Mars Arctic 365 (MA365) mission on Canada’s Devon Island would take place at Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station, where missions have been sent since 2001 for periods of a few months each. This mission would encompass all seasons, though, including the bitter winter. In a press release, Mars Society president Robert Zubrin drew comparisons of...
  • Russia to field MiG-31 replacement by 2020 - Commander.

    04/13/2013 9:06:56 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 20 replies
    MOSCOW, April 11 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Air Force is hoping to receive a new long-range fighter-interceptor by 2020 and retire its existing fleet of MiG-31 interceptors by 2028, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday. “We have started development of a new aircraft of this type and I think we can develop this plane before the state armament program ends in 2020,” Bondarev said at a meeting with Russian lawmakers. “The new plane should replace the existing fleet by 2028,” he said. Bondarev spoke out against restarting production of the MiG-31, which was stopped 20...
  • Arctic Going Green from Warming, Study Finds

    04/04/2013 11:42:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/3/13 | Tia Ghose, LiveScience
    Large swaths of the Arctic tundra will be warm enough to support lush vegetation and trees by 2050, suggests a new study. Higher temperatures will lessen snow cover, according to the study, which is detailed in the March 31 issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. That, in turn, will decrease the sunlight reflected back into the atmosphere and increase warming. About half the areas will see vegetation change, and areas currently populated by shrubs may find woody trees taking their place. "Substitute the snowy surface with the darker surface of a coniferous tree, and the darker surface stores more...
  • Sea Ice extent greater than average extent

    03/14/2013 11:56:42 AM PDT · by Kinsingmonster · 8 replies
    University of Ilinois ^ | March 14, 2013 | Universtity of Ilinois
    Sea ice extent has been above average for about two weeks now. No big deal, but worth a mention. Please see the attached link from The Cryosphere Today page, published by the University of Illinois.
  • Ancient Arctic camel a curious conundrum

    03/05/2013 3:17:09 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 28 replies ^ | Published March 05, 2013 | Associated Press
    OTTAWA – Ancient, mummified camel bones dug from the tundra confirm that the animals now synonymous with the arid sands of Arabia actually developed in subfreezing forests in what is now Canada's High Arctic, a scientist said Tuesday. About 3.5 million years ago, Strathcona Fiord on Ellesmere Island's west-central coast would have looked more like a northern forest than an Arctic landscape, said paleobotanist Natalia Rybczynski of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.
  • An inconvenient truth: More polar bears alive today than 40 years ago

    02/04/2013 1:53:46 PM PST · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 02/04/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Author Zac Unger was originally drawn to the arctic circle to write a “mournful elegy” about how global warming was decimating the polar bear populations. He was surprised to find that the polar bears were not in such dire straits after all. “There are far more polar bears alive today than there were 40 years ago,” Unger told NPR in an interview about his new book, “Never Look a Polar Bear in The Eye.” “There are about 25,000 polar bears alive today worldwide. In 1973, there was a global hunting ban. So once hunting was dramatically reduced, the population exploded.”
  • The Experiment That Never Ends: Arctic oil spill study still producing results

    01/19/2013 7:49:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Alaska Science Forum ^ | August 25, 2011 | Ned Rozell
    In late July 2011, Paul Boots, a supervisor at an oilfield on Alaska's North Slope, found a small, yellow plastic disc on a creekbed. Scientists 30 years ago tossed the disc into the sea as part of a study on arctic oil spills. Boots, who works at the large gravel pad that hosts the Badami oil field, was with his coworkers on an annual cleanup day along a nameless creek just west of the gravel pad. "I was enjoying a beautiful day and strayed a bit farther than most in my search for 'fugitive emissions' (everything we pick up has...
  • Obama admin orders Arctic drilling probe after rig accident {not during drilling or in Arctic)

    01/09/2013 5:05:02 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 8, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration ordered a broad review of Shell’s Arctic drilling program on Tuesday, following a series of mishaps that culminated with the grounding of the company’s Kulluk rig on New Year’s Eve. The move calls into question whether Shell Oil Co. will be allowed to continue its hunt for crude under the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska, after spending $5 billion and more than six years on the quest. In announcing the probe, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stressed that the Obama administration “is fully committed to exploring for potential in energy resources in frontier areas, such as...
  • Shell’s Arctic drilling rig towed to safe harbor

    01/08/2013 5:02:33 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 7, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    A massive campaign to free a grounded Arctic drilling rig that employed more than a dozen ships and some 730 people cleared a big hurdle Monday, as salvagers pulled the vessel to safe harbor in Alaska. Salvage teams anchored the Kulluk rig in Kodiak Island’s Kiliuda Bay after arriving there at 10 a.m. Alaska Standard Time, 1 p.m. Monday in Houston. But for Shell, which owns the 266-foot conical drilling unit and planned to use it to continue a $5 billion quest for Arctic oil this summer, the work is just beginning. Salvage specialists will conduct a detailed inspection of...
  • Antarctic Sees Record Growth in Sea Ice (WDJ Video Report)

    11/12/2012 11:56:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies ^ | 11/12/2012 12:55:35 PM2:58 | Robert Lee Hotz
    Northward winds are driving the record growth of winter sea ice around Antarctica, which stands in contrast to the extensive melting of the Arctic sea ice in recent years. Robert Lee Hotz has details on Lunch Break.
  • Arctic sea ice thaw may be accelerated by oil, shipping

    09/18/2012 4:56:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    OSLO, Sep. 18, 2012 (Reuters) — Local pollution in the Arctic from shipping and oil and gas industries, which have expanded in the region due to a thawing of sea ice caused by global warming, could further accelerate that thaw, experts say. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said there was an urgent need to calculate risks of local pollutants such as soot, or "black carbon", in the Arctic. Soot darkens ice, making it soak up more of the sun's heat and quickening a melt. Companies such as Shell, which this week gave up a push to find oil this...
  • Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

    08/05/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-4-2012 | Dalya Alberge
    When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation – a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons. Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one...
  • Polar bears' ancient roots pushed way back

    07/25/2012 6:22:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Science News ^ | Monday, July 23rd, 2012 | Devin Powell
    ...A new analysis of its DNA suggests that Ursus maritimus split from the brown bear between 4 million and 5 million years ago -- around the same time when, some scientists believe, the Arctic's thick sea ice first formed. With such old origins, the creature must have weathered extreme shifts in climate, researchers report online July 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Simulations of how the DNA changed over time suggest that polar bear populations rose and fell with the temperature. After thriving during cooler times between 800,000 and 600,000 years ago, the bears seem to...
  • Polar Stakes: China’s Polar Activities as a Benchmark for Intentions

    07/19/2012 7:18:39 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown China Brief ^ | 7/19/2012 | Anne-Marie Brady
    On July 2, China’s polar icebreaker Xuelong set off on its fifth Arctic expedition. On board were scientists from Denmark, France, Iceland, Taiwan and the United States in addition to Chinese scientists, support staff and a team of journalists. During the 90-day voyage, Xuelong will make China’s first ever traverse of the strategically important Northeast Arctic shipping route (Xinhua, July 18, July 2). The trip highlights many states renewed interests in the polar regions, because of climate change, the shifting global balance of power and declining global oil stocks. China's Icebreaker, Xuelong In the last eighteen months, three new nations...
  • Arctic discovery: Massive algae bloom raises crucial (Global Warming) questions

    06/09/2012 4:21:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 8, 2012 | Amy Hubbard
    NASA has revealed its discovery of a massive algae bloom under the slowly diminishing Arctic ice -- a finding that made scientists' eyes pop. But does this never-before-seen phenomenon change the fate of this microscopic algae? Not long ago, this crucial plant life -- which produces much of the world's oxygen -- was reported in a century-long tailspin. Here's the back story. The same year that NASA researchers launched the Icescape expedition to the Arctic -- the project that resulted in NASA's astounding new discovery -- there was a dire report on the world's phytoplankton. A Canadian team said...