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  • The climate nightmare we aren’t taking seriously enough: President Scott Walker

    05/18/2015 1:27:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | May 18, 2015 | Jeff Stein, a recent Cornell graduate and the editor of the Ithaca Voice.
    Imagine, for just a moment, the following scenario: The year is 2019 — two years into the first term of President Scott Walker. The Royal Dutch Shell corporation proposes a massive expansion of its existing drilling operation in the Arctic Ocean. Shell officials note that there have been no major accidents since their first exploratory wells became operational, and that doing so will provide a big boost to an American economy sliding into recession. President Walker, whose base is furious that he has only eliminated half of all federal food stamp and welfare programs, jumps into action. He orders Interior...
  • Seattle, Like It or Not, Becomes Shell's Arctic Base

    05/14/2015 2:44:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 14, 2015 | By PHUONG LE
    The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet the rig off Seattle's picturesque waterfront said it's their moment to stand against opening a new frontier of fossil fuel exploration. "Unless people get out there and put themselves on the front lines and say enough is enough, than nothing will ever change," said Jordan Van Voast, 55, an acupuncturist who was going out on the water to...
  • A Narrow Opening for Arctic Oil

    05/13/2015 5:30:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 12, 2015 | NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
    ...Shell acquired the lease for just over $2 billion in 2008, and, absent a very good reason, the government felt obliged to approve it. Shell will be bound by safeguards that did not exist seven years ago. Several factors — including lawsuits and vigorous lobbying by environmental groups, widespread public dismay caused by the 2010 BP oil spill, and Shell’s ineptitude in earlier trial runs — have led the government to devise rules that are likely to make this project safer than it would have been. Shell is seeking to drill up to six exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea...
  • Administration Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic

    05/11/2015 1:18:36 PM PDT · by Theoria · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 May 2015 | Coral Davenport
    The Obama administration gave conditional approval on Monday for Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. to start drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The approval is a major victory for Shell and the rest of the petroleum industry, which has sought for years to drill in the remote waters of the Chukchi seas, which are believed to hold vast reserves of oil and gas. “We have taken a thoughtful approach to carefully considering potential exploration in the Chukchi Sea, recognizing the significant environmental, social and ecological resources in the region and establishing high standards for the...
  • NOAA Says The Arctic Will Be ‘Ice-Free’ In 25 Years

    05/06/2015 4:34:47 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 94 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/6/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Climate scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are warning the Arctic may be ice free by the summer by 2040 due to global warming. Scientists sounded the alarm on a Wednesday press call that comes after the north pole hit record low winter sea ice coverage in February. NOAA’s warning of an ice-free Arctic are consistent with warnings given by other researchers over the past few years. Scientists warned that Arctic ice will melt faster as temperatures grow hotter, which they warn is harming the region’s ecology — zooplankton are losing fat content which could harm fish...
  • Seattle ruling won’t derail Shell’s Arctic quest, executive vows

    05/06/2015 4:55:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    A ruling by the city of Seattle may throw a wrench into Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, but it won’t delay the company’s plans to bore two new wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer, a top executive vowed Tuesday. Although “it’s not my preferred approach . . . we have backup plans,” said Ann Pickard, Royal Dutch Shell’s executive vice president for the Arctic. “I don’t think this will delay the program.” At issue is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s ruling this week that the city port must obtain a new land-use permit to serve as a home base for Shell’s...
  • Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean

    05/04/2015 2:11:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 4, 2015 | by David Shukman
    Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to "a new era", according to Norwegian scientists. A switch from a permanent cover of thick ice will have far-reaching implications, they say. The Norwegian Polar Institute has been mounting an expedition to the Arctic Ocean during the year's coldest months. The director of the institute, Jan-Gunnar Wanker, said that measuring what happens in the winter was vital to improving scenarios for future climate change. "A new era has entered, we are going from old ice to young ice, thinner ice and the climate models...
  • Can Shell Afford To Drill In The Arctic?

    04/29/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 29-04-2015 | drillstem
    How can Shell possibly finance the purchase of BG? Royal Dutch Shell is set to report its first quarter earnings, and by all accounts, it will be a doozy. Analysts predict a 60 percent decline in earnings from a year earlier, including a massive 7 percent fall in production. But the price tag for BG will be $70 billion, a colossal sum in a period of low oil prices. Shell has already said that it would undertake a major divestment campaign to rid itself of assets it does not see as integral to its future. Purchasing BG is a sign...
  • Kerry: Arctic climate change goals more important than containing Russia

    04/26/2015 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 26, 2015 | Rick Moran
    US Secretary of State John Kerry assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and immediately made it clear that despite worrisome Russian military moves in the Arctic, the US would not challenge them. Washington Examiner: >>>>In assuming the leadership role, Kerry laid out a robust agenda to face the threat of climate change in the Arctic, which he says is being affected by global warming more than anywhere else in the world. But when faced with questions over whether the U.S. will use its new leadership position to address threats posed by Russia, Kerry said no. Kerry said the idea...
  • Kerry to visit Arctic amid concern over ice melt (Where does he find the time?)

    04/18/2015 4:31:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/18/15 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Arctic Circle next week for key ministerial talks on climate change amid global concerns about rising seas and accelerating ice melt. Global warming is happening twice as fast in the Arctic than elsewhere on the planet and many fear not only devastating impacts of warming but also from an influx of people and industry on the pristine environment, wildlife and Inuit culture. Kerry will attend a meeting of the Arctic Council in the northwestern Canadian town of Iqaluit, on Baffin Island. The United States on April 24 formally takes...
  • Claim: Arctic and Antarctic will melt “in the next decade”

    04/12/2015 8:19:09 AM PDT · by Signalman · 75 replies
    WUWT ^ | 4/11/2015 | Eric Worral
    Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry Maurie Trewhella, of Victoria University (Australia), has just made a stunning claim about global warming, in a letter to the editor. According to Trewhella; Ian Dunlop’s warning (Comment, 7/4) is especially sobering. The slowing of atmospheric temperature rise over the past 15 years or so, used by climate change sceptics to debunk the work of the IPCC, is, on the contrary, evidence that the solar energy delivered to the Earth is being absorbed by the oceans. The Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets are acting as giant dampers to contain temperature rise in the oceans. When...
  • Russian ships in old Arctic NATO base set alarms bells ringing

    04/03/2015 9:48:22 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/3/2015 | Pierre-Henry Deshayes
    Russian ships docked at what was once a secret Norwegian naval base in the Arctic have prompted concern from the NATO country's former top military leaders, anxious about its resurgent eastern neighbour roaming nearby. Norway's jagged Arctic coastline has regained its strategic importance since tensions between Russia and NATO members have spiked to levels not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Corona from Svalbard

    03/31/2015 3:48:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | March 31, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: During a total solar eclipse, the Sun's extensive outer atmosphere, or corona, is an inspirational sight. Streamers and shimmering features that engage the eye span a brightness range of over 10,000 to 1, making them notoriously difficult to capture in a single photograph. But this composite of 29 telescopic images covers a wide range of exposure times to reveal the crown of the Sun in all its glory. The aligned and stacked digital frames were recorded in the cold, clear skies above the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway during the Sun's total eclipse on March 20 and also show...
  • Seattle's Silly War On Oil Rigs (title shortened)

    03/21/2015 2:25:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 16 March 2015
    Reminder, The City Is Also Home To Boeing, The World's Largest Jet Maker If a plane flies over Seattle, does anyone hear it? Probably not, because they’re all down at the docks protesting the parking of drilling rigs used in the Arctic. When the port of Seattle agreed to allow Shell to park drill ships on the city’s waterfront, a “kind of civic call to arms” erupted, according to the New York Times. “A unanimous City Council lined up alongside the mayor to question the legality of the agreement with the Port of Seattle, a court challenge was filed by...
  • Putin orders fleet to put on Arctic show of force with military drills

    03/16/2015 9:37:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    GlobeandMail ^ | 3-16-15 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military manoeuvres in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by President Vladimir Putin amid spiraling tensions with the West over Ukraine. The five-day Arctic drills involving 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines and 110 aircraft are intended to check the readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the military’s ability to deploy additional forces from central Russia. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said “the new challenges and military threats require further increase of the armed forces’ capabilities.” As part of the exercise the military will check its ability...
  • Russia's Arctic Soldiers May Be Rewarded With Free Homes in Crimea

    03/16/2015 6:49:24 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 16 2015 12:44 Last edited 15:40 | The Moscow Times
    Russian soldiers who serve in the rough and inhospitable Arctic could be compensated by the state with real estate in Crimea, or other desirable locations in southern Russia, a Defense Ministry official said Thursday. Russia is pursuing a major military expansion in the Arctic that aims to reoccupy abandoned Soviet positions and assert Russia's territorial claims in the resource-rich North.
  • Russia's Northern Fleet Put on Full Alert in Arctic

    03/16/2015 6:26:54 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 16 2015 12:21 Last edited 15:24 | Reuters
    More than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country on Monday in one of the Kremlin's biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows. President Vladimir Putin called the Navy's Northern Fleet to full combat readiness in exercises in Russia's Arctic North apparently aimed at dwarfing military drills in neighboring Norway, a NATO member.
  • A Complete Guide to the March 20th Total Solar Eclipse [Just Hop Over to the Faroe Islands]

    03/11/2015 5:33:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | David Dickinson
    And what a bizarre eclipse it is. Not only does this eclipse begin just 15 hours prior to the March equinox marking the beginning of astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere, but the shadow of totality also beats path through the high Arctic and ends over the North Pole. ... Already, umbraphiles — those who chase eclipses — are converging on the two small tracts of terra firma where the umbra of the Moon makes landfall: the Faroe and Svalbard islands. All of Europe, the northern swath of the African continent, north-central Asia and the Middle East will see a...
  • Canada Delays Opening of Crucial Arctic Naval Port Until 2018

    03/02/2015 6:54:06 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 2, 2015 | Mike De Souza
    Canada’s military has again delayed the opening of a major new Arctic port, a sign the government is struggling to assert sovereignty over a remote resource-rich region. The planned deep water naval facility at Nanisivik – some 3,100 km (1,900 miles) north of Ottawa – is one of the key components of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “use it or lose it” approach to the Arctic. The port, initially due to open in 2012, will now not be operational until 2018.
  • The Big Melt: Antarctica's Retreating Ice May Re-Shape Earth

    02/27/2015 1:29:26 PM PST · by zeestephen · 57 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 27 February 2015 | Luis Andres Henao and Seth Borenstein
    Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans...And the melting is accelerating...Climate change has shifted the wind pattern around the continent, pushing warmer water farther north against and below the western ice sheet and the peninsula.
  • Mystery of the mile-wide ring in Antarctica: Enormous scar may be crater from house-sized meteorite

    01/12/2015 6:45:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 12, 2015 | Richard Gray
    An enormous impact crater thought to have been created by a meteorite the size of a house smashing into Earth has been discovered in the Antarctic ice sheet. Scientists conducting a routine aerial research flight above East Antarctica noticed a strange ring-like structure in the normally flat and featureless ice. It appeared to be a series of broken 'icebergs' surrounded by a 2km (1.24 miles) wide circular scar, surrounded by a few other smaller circular scars in the ice.
  • Did a Pacific Ocean meteor trigger the Ice Age?

    09/20/2012 5:02:02 AM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 9-19-2012
    (Phys.org)—When a huge meteor collided with Earth about 2.5 million years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean it not only likely generated a massive tsunami but also may have plunged the world into the Ice Ages, a new study suggests. A team of Australian researchers says that because the Eltanin meteor – which was up to two kilometres across - crashed into deep water, most scientists have not adequately considered either its potential for immediate catastrophic impacts on coastlines around the Pacific rim or its capacity to destabilise the entire planet's climate system. "This is the only known deep-ocean impact...
  • GOCE reveals gravity dip from ice loss (w/ Video)

    09/26/2014 11:36:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 09-26-2014 | Provided by European Space Agency
    Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's extraordinary satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature. More than doubling its planned life in orbit, GOCE spent four years measuring Earth's gravity in unprecedented detail. Scientists are now armed with the most accurate gravity model ever produced. This is leading to a much better understanding of many facets of our planet – from the boundary between Earth's crust and upper mantle to the density of the upper atmosphere. The strength of gravity at Earth's surface...
  • Robot Sub Finds Surprisingly Thick Antarctic Sea Ice

    11/30/2014 10:13:15 AM PST · by Labyrinthos · 59 replies
    LiveScience ^ | November 24, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    Antarctica's ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than was previously thought, a new study reports. The discovery adds to the ongoing mystery of Antarctica's expanding sea ice. According to climate models, the region's sea ice should be shrinking each year because of global warming. Instead, satellite observations show the ice is expanding, and the continent's sea ice has set new records for the past three winters...
  • Robot Sub Finds Surprisingly Thick Antarctic Sea Ice

    11/30/2014 4:56:35 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 31 replies
    Live Science ^ | November 30, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    Antarctica's ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than was previously thought, a new study reports. The discovery adds to the ongoing mystery of Antarctica's expanding sea ice. According to climate models, the region's sea ice should be shrinking each year because of global warming. Instead, satellite observations show the ice is expanding, and the continent's sea ice has set new records for the past three winters. At the same time, Antarctica's ice sheet (the glacial ice...
  • Global Warming Explorers Stuck in Blizzard (HA HA HA)

    03/19/2007 8:05:01 AM PDT · by milwguy · 13 replies · 1,028+ views
    globalwarming101.com ^ | 03/19/2007 | milwguy
    Yesterday I posted this quote from Elizabeth from the Will Steger Foundation global warming expedition to the artic.............. It felt so good to be back on trail. The weather was relatively warm for this time of year, there was little wind and the sun was shining. The mountains plunge dramatically to the ice on all sides. The U-shape of the head of the fiord ahead of us gave us a clue to the glaciations that sculpted this land, grinding away the granite to leave sheer walls of bare rock. I felt like I was inside an I-Max movie. I couldn't...
  • British scientists stranded in freezing Antarctic research station

    08/10/2014 11:37:26 AM PDT · by citizen · 77 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8 August 2014 | Dan Bloom
    British scientists are stranded after their Antarctic base lost power in the depths of winter as temperatures plummeted to a record low of minus 55C. There is no way of rescuing the 13 researchers from the Halley VI Research Station - which has been hit by a 19-hour blackout - for months until the hostile winter subsides. The British Antarctic Survey admitted it was a 'serious incident' and has suspended all experiments as the workers heat up emergency accommodation which has not been used for months. Some of the fallout from the power cut, which happened a week ago but...
  • Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

    12/26/2014 5:44:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 77 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 12/26/14 | Ian Sample
    **SNIP** That New Year’s Eve an interview with expedition leader Chris Turney was beamed live to Times Square in New York. Two days later, the rescue effort entered a new phase. With no icebreaker able to smash way through, a Chinese helicopter, Xue Ying, or “Snow Eagle”, rose into the air for the first of five flights to ferry passengers from the stricken ship to the Aurora Australis. A core crew remained behind to sail vessel home once conditions allowed. Media interest in the expedition faded after the rescue, but in the year since Turney and his team have been...
  • Arctic Sea Ice A Whole Lot More Stable Than Scientists, Al Gore Predicted

    01/06/2015 7:02:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01.05.15 | Michael Bastasch
    Despite dire predictions that the North Pole would be ice-free in the near future, Arctic Sea ice levels have been more stable than scientists predicted.  So far this winter, Arctic Sea ice levels are above where they were at the same time last winter and are well within the the standard deviation of the 1981 to 2010 variation, according to daily sea ice data.Europe’s CryoSat-2 satellite found that sea-ice volumes for the fall of 2014 were above the average extent for the last five years. Sea-ice levels were up sharply from 2011 and 2012, according to the satellite– only slightly...
  • Inconvenient study: Methane seepage from the Arctic seabed has been occurring for millions of years

    02/07/2015 6:11:53 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    Despite the ever present wailing from green activists that we are sitting on a “methane catastrophe”, it’s simply business as usual for Earth in the Arctic. Even Dr. Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS thinks the issue is “implausible”. This study further confirms that the issue is just another emotional overblown green issue of no merit.Methane seepage from the Arctic seabed occurring for millions of yearsFrom the Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and EnvironmentMethane gas flares, up to 800 meters high, rise from the Arctic Ocean floor. That is the size of the tallest building in the world, Burj...
  • I’m Linda, Fly Me ( Tom Daschle: Ambitions grounded by his wife’s baggage)

    01/17/2003 2:47:51 AM PST · by KQQL · 188 replies · 1,401+ views
    laweekly ^ | 01/17/2003 | by Doug Ireland
    The real reason Tom Daschle didn’t run for president. The national press corps didn’t bother to tell you why Tom Daschle, the Democrats’ Senate leader, decided at the 11th hour not to run for president: In the end, he calculated that he couldn’t survive scrutiny of his persistent service to the clients of his wife. Linda Daschle has been one of the airline industry’s top lobbyists for two decades — when she wasn’t busy running the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which explains why, just 11 days after the 9/11 attacks, her husband rushed through the Democratic Senate, which he controlled,...
  • ANWR: America's Untapped Resource

    03/27/2003 8:30:26 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 6 replies · 633+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 27, 2003 | Paul M. Weyrich
    America's greens chalked up a `victory' when the United States Senate voted last week to omit funding for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the fiscal year 2004 budget. Not surprisingly, the Sierra Club's national office trumpeted the vote as one "to protect this spectacular (Alaskan) landscape." And it also claims with a straight face to favor reducing our dependence on foreign oil. We both agree on the last point. But the Sierra Club sees your SUV and its thirst for gas as the problem in our achieving that important goal. This powerful green lobby pushes...
  • Obama Proposes to Make ANWR a Wilderness

    01/25/2015 10:18:39 AM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Sunday, January 25, 2015 | Sean Cockerham
    The White House is proposing to designate the oil-rich coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness permanently off limits to drilling. The proposal sets up a showdown with Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who said the White House also intends to put much of the Arctic Ocean off limits to drilling in the new five-year offshore leasing plan to be released this week. SNIP Obama’s proposal to designate 12.3 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness would require Congressional approval, and there is no chance...
  • Polar Ice Caps More Stable Than Predicted, New Observations Show

    01/05/2015 8:20:45 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Anthony Watts
    THE North and South Poles are “not melting”, according to a leading global warming expert. In fact, the poles are “much more stable” than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought. For years, scientists have suggested that both poles are melting at an alarming rate because of warming temperatures – dangerously raising the Earth’s sea levels while threatening the homes of Arctic and Antarctic animals. But the uncertainty surrounding climate change and the polar ice caps reached a new level this month when research suggested the ice in the Antarctic is actually growing. And...
  • Franklin search: Canada confirms ship as HMS Erebus

    10/08/2014 6:37:52 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 2, 2014
    A shipwreck uncovered beneath the icy wastes of northern Canada has been identified as long-lost HMS Erebus. The Victorian-era vessel became part of nautical folklore after it vanished in the mid-19th Century. Its captain, Sir John Franklin, had been searching for the fabled Northwest Passage. Experts on Thursday confirmed that the wreck, discovered last month, was indeed the celebrated Royal Navy vessel. "It is in astonishing condition,'' said search team member John Geiger, president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. "We're over the moon." The ship set sail from England in 1845 under Sir John's command. He was accompanied by...
  • Stephen Harper renews hunt for Franklin ships long lost to the Arctic depths

    08/24/2012 3:43:20 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 17 replies
    National Post ^ | August 24, 2012 | Jordan Press and Randy Boswell
    CAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut — The search for the remnants of an ill-fated British expedition that failed to cross the Northwest Passage — and a seminal moment in Canada’s history on Arctic sovereignty — will start anew. In the coming weeks, a group of researchers will scour Canada’s Arctic waters to find Sir John Franklin’s two ships, Erebus and the Terror, led by a ship named for an Arctic researcher who perished in a plane crash last year. The renewal of Parks Canada’s search for the lost Franklin vessels, anticipated last week by Postmedia News, follows three recent federal expeditions that...
  • Canada releases pictures of world's most northerly shipwreck

    05/01/2014 9:24:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    - Breadalbane sank in 1853 on search for Franklin expedition - - Wooden three-master is well preserved in icy waters - Canada has released underwater images of the world's most northernly shipwreck – a three-masted merchant ship that went down 161 years ago after becoming trapped in Arctic ice. The Canadian Armed Forces and Parks Canada produced the footage over six days, lowering a remotely operated HD camera through a hole in the sea ice, to capture images of a barnacle-encrusted hull and anchor from the ocean floor. “It's rare to have such a detailed view of a shipwreck from...
  • Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found

    09/09/2014 1:15:16 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9th September 2014 | BBC News
    'One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says. Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them. Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The expedition's disappearance shortly after became one of the great mysteries of the age of Victorian exploration. The Canadian government began searching for Franklin's ships in 2008 as part of a strategy to assert Canada's sovereignty...
  • Ship lost for more than 150 years is recovered

    07/28/2010 5:53:50 PM PDT · by dware · 19 replies · 2+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 07/28/2010 | AP via Yahoo
    TORONTO – 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, the head of the team said Wednesday.
  • Bronze Bell from Long-Lost Arctic Shipwreck Revealed

    11/10/2014 3:27:42 PM PST · by robowombat · 19 replies
    Live Science ^ | November 10, 2014 03:13pm ET | Megan Gannon
    Bronze Bell from Long-Lost Arctic Shipwreck Revealed by Megan Gannon, News Editor | November 10, 2014 03:13pm ET Divers recovered a bronze bell from the wreck of the HMS Erebus, a British ship that was missing for nearly 170 years after an ill-fated expedition to the Canadian Arctic. In 1845, British Royal Navy officer and explorer John Franklin led more than 100 men on a quest to find a Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. But they never completed their mission; in 1846, their ships — the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror — became trapped in ice near...
  • Arctic cold blast, freezing rain/snow expected for New Years Day

    12/29/2014 1:11:27 PM PST · by Signalman · 24 replies
    WUWT ^ | 12/29/2014 | Anthony Watts
    A blast of cold Arctic air is likely to be plunging all the way to Mexico by New Years Day. Arctic air will move back into the central Plains, Great Lake States and Western U.S. this week. Winter Storm Warnings, Winter Weather Advisories and Wind Chill Advisories are in effect in many areas and more are expected.
  • Carbon Dioxide Rich Atmosphere in an Ancient Ice Age

    01/11/2009 6:40:16 PM PST · by xcamel · 12 replies · 1,489+ views
    Climate Research News ^ | 01/11/2009 | Kate Chapple, Press Officer, University of Birmingham
    Research by the University of Birmingham has provided evidence that a warm atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide was present in an ancient ice age. This could only have happened if the planet was nearly all covered in ice and snow. Scientists from the University’s School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, say that, whereas today, we associate more greenhouse gases with a warm world, in a very severe ice age, even plenty of greenhouse gas cannot stop the world being covered in reflective ice and snow. This type of glaciation could occur again in the future if the Earth’s atmosphere...
  • 'Missing link' fossil seal walked

    04/22/2009 2:09:09 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 1,231+ views
    bbc ^ | 22 April 2009 | Richard Black
    It may look like a cross between a seal and an otter; but an Arctic fossil could, scientists say, hold the secret of seal evolution in its feet. A skeleton unearthed in northern Canada shows a creature with feet that were probably webbed, but were not flippers. Writing in the journal Nature, scientists suggest the 23 million-year-old proto-seal would have walked on land and swum in fresh water. It is the oldest seal ancestor found so far and has been named Pujilla darwini.
  • "Predator X" Arctic sea monster's giant bite

    03/17/2009 10:51:43 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 34 replies · 3,664+ views
    news.bbc ^ | 17 March 2009
    A giant fossil sea monster found in the Arctic had a bite that would have been able to crush a 4x4 car, according to its discoverers. Researchers say the marine reptile, which measured an impressive 15m (50ft) long, had a bite force of about 45 tonnes (33,000lbs) per square inch. The creature's partial skull was dug up last summer in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard by a Norwegian-led team. Dubbed "Predator X", it patrolled the oceans some 147 million years ago. Its jaws may have been more powerful than those of a Tyrannosaurus rex, though estimates of the dinosaur's bite...
  • Russia to Open Arctic Military Drone Base 420 Miles off the Alaskan Coast

    11/13/2014 12:51:40 PM PST · by McGruff · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/13/14 | Damien Sharkov
    Russia has announced plans to build a drone base for military reconnaissance in a town just 420 miles off mainland Alaska and just over 300 miles off the US state’s St Lawrence Island, Russia’s state news agency reported on Thursday. "The command of the eastern military district in charge of the military development of the Arctic zone has moved forward with plans to form an unmanned aerial vehicle division,” Alexandr Gordeev, spokesperson for the district said.
  • Top secret Armata tank may conquer the Arctic (Russia)

    11/11/2014 11:51:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | November 11, 2014 | Denis Kungurov
    The top secret Armata tank, which will be presented to the general public on the Victory Day anniversary parade in 2015, may be deployed in the Arctic. Yevgeny Chistyakov, representative of the Scientific Research Institute of Steel, a developer of the advanced material, said at the Interpolitech 2014 exhibition in Moscow that the new 44S-SV-SH steel armour does not lose its qualities and can be operated at Arctic temperatures. The Arctic may become a bone of contention between the major powers over energy resources located under the melting ice. Russia is already claiming its rights for a significant share of...
  • Researchers: Ice still thinning in Arctic; record ice in Antarctic

    10/07/2014 8:01:08 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 39 replies
    The final results are in, and the Arctic ice cover reached its sixth-lowest extent this year in the era of satellite recordkeeping, dating to 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. While 2014 nudged last year to No. 7 on the list, the overall seasonal loss between the high and low points – March 21 and Sept. 17 – was the least since 2006, the center said. The total areal coverage, 1.94 million square miles, was significantly higher than the 2012 nadir – 1.32 million square miles – but the center said that overall ice is vanishing...
  • Russia can drill in Arctic, even without Exxon – energy official

    10/01/2014 5:21:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    RT ^ | September 29, 2014 | RT
    Drilling in the Kara Sea will continue into next year, even if sanctions prevent US firm ExxonMobil from participating, Russia’s Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molotsov said Monday. According to Molotsov, Russia can independently go ahead with the necessary drilling in the Kara Sea in 2015 with the help of drilling platforms owned by Russian companies. Russia’s largest oil company, Rosneft has opened a large deposit of oil and gas in the area. "In total, we have about eight units of 100 percent Russian-owned platforms,” the deputy energy minister said. In the event Exxon leaves, work in the Arctic will continue,...
  • Massive Arctic Oil Discovery - Rosneft Elated, XOM Adheres To Sanctions

    09/29/2014 10:54:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 48 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/28/2014 | Jeff Reed
    Rosneft and ExxonMobil have discovered oil in an area that may turn out to contain more hydrocarbons than the US Gulf of Mexico. Over a month ago, Oilpro member Jeffrey Lareau reported that ExxonMobil and Rosneft had begun drilling a $700 million well in the Kara Sea in the Arctic, despite intensified measures taken by the US and EU against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. The Universitetskaya-1 well (Russia's northernmost well) is the first of as many as 40 offshore wells Rosneft said it planned to drill in order to assess the potential of the unexplored Arctic by 2018....
  • Rosneft, Exxon (NYSE:XOM) Arctic Well Strikes Oil

    09/28/2014 2:08:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Live Trading News ^ | Sep 28, 2014 | Paul Ebeling
    Russia has discovered what may prove to be a vast deposit of Crude Oil in 1 of the world’s most remote places with the help of America’s largest energy company, Exxon (NYSE:XOM). Russia’s state-run OAO Rosneft (PINK:RNFTF) said a well drilled in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean with Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) struck oil, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas. The announcement was made by Rosneft’s CEO Igor Sechin, who spent 2 days sailing on a Russian research ship to the drilling rig where the find was...