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  • Europe travel mayhem as arctic freeze strikes again

    12/17/2010 5:55:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/10 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – Snow swept Europe on Friday causing travel chaos in the continent's north, shutting Bulgaria's major Black Sea ports and leaving Italian cities blanketed in a rare covering. Britain's national weather service, the Met Office, said if the cold snap continued it would set a new record for the month after two bitterly cold weeks in early December. With just days before Christmas, the weather conditions and plummeting temperatures caused disruption for road, rail and air travellers with huge motorway tailbacks in Germany and warnings from traffic police in some parts not to venture out except in an...
  • Arctic icecap safe from runaway melting: study (potential reprieve for polar bears... WHEW!!)

    12/15/2010 7:03:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/10 | Marlowe Hood
    PARIS (AFP) – There is no "tipping point" beyond which climate change will inevitably push the Arctic ice cap into terminal melt off, according to a study released Wednesday. The northern polar cap has shrunk between 15 and 20 percent over the last 30 years, unleashing concern that on current trends -- with regional temperature increases twice or triple the global average -- it could disappear entirely during the summer months by century's end. One of the factors in this calculation is a so-called positive feedback, in which a reduced area of floating ice helps to stoke global warming. As...
  • 'Rapid' 2010 melt for Arctic ice - but no record

    09/17/2010 9:11:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 September 2010 | Richard Black
    Ice floating on the Arctic Ocean melted unusually quickly this year, but did not shrink down to the record minimum area seen in 2007.That is the preliminary finding of US scientists who say the summer minimum seems to have passed and the ice has entered its winter growth phase.2010's summer Arctic ice minimum is the third smallest in the satellite era.Researchers say projections of summer ice disappearing entirely within the next few years increasingly look wrong...
  • Russia finds last-days log of famed 1912 Arctic expedition [ Georgy Brusilov ]

    09/14/2010 6:51:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Monday, September 13, 2010 | AFP
    For decades mystery clouded the fate of the adventurer Georgy Brusilov -- captain of the first Russian crew to seek the elusive Arctic trade route from Asia to the West -- inspiring a generation of books and films. But the famed voyagers' remains and a journal -- dated to May 1913 from aboard their vessel, the Saint Anna -- were found this summer on the icy shores of Franz Josef Land, Europe's northernmost land mass... Midway into its epic journey along the Siberian coast, after navigating the perilous Vilkitsky Strait into the Kara Sea, the expedition ran aground on thick...
  • Canada Burnishes Its Position as Arctic Power

    08/31/2010 3:48:21 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | 8-30-10 | PHRED DVORAK
    The Canadian government on Monday announced that it had failed, in a small Arctic expedition it mounted last week, to find the remains of two British ships that disappeared more than 150 years ago seeking the fabled Northwest Passage. The trip had more than historical relevance: It marked the latest move in a bigger geopolitical game—Canada's ambition to burnish its position as an Arctic power. As the globe logs an unusually hot summer, Canada is boosting its presence in the warming and increasingly accessible Arctic. Driven by the promise of rich resources and a desire to control its northern waterways,...
  • Another Ice Island Breaks Off Arctic Glacier (Bermuda-sized, smaller than last month's tho)

    08/28/2010 2:08:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 8/28/10 | Live Science
    Sometime earlier this month, a Bermuda-sized ice island broke free from the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf along the northern coast of Canada's Ellesmere Island. The breakup on this ice shelf continued a years-long pattern of retreat on the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, and a decades-long pattern of retreat of the ice shelves along the Ellesmere coast in the high Arctic. NASA's Aqua satellite detected fractures on the shelf on Aug. 18. Compared to images of the ice shelf from eight years earlier, the fractures show the dramatic change to the coast. The fractures on the shelf in 2010 are immediately...
  • Huge ice sheet breaks from Greenland glacier

    08/07/2010 1:58:51 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 Aug 2010 | unattributed
    A giant sheet of ice measuring 260 sq km (100 sq miles) has broken off a glacier in Greenland, according to researchers at a US university. The block of ice separated from the Petermann Glacier, on the north-west coast of Greenland. It is the largest Arctic iceberg to calve since 1962, said Prof Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware. The ice could become frozen in place over winter or escape into the waters between Greenland and Canada. If the iceberg moves south, it could interfere with shipping, Prof Muenchow said. Cracks in the Petermann Glacier had been observed last...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 4-10, 2010: The High Arctic

    07/10/2010 9:56:59 PM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | July 6, 2010 | NASA
    NASA's Earth Observatory put up this remarkably low-cloud view of the Arctic. The linked article has a smaller size labeled image. (Click for full-size, 10x bigger)
  • Extreme Brewing

    06/11/2010 9:19:05 PM PDT · by mlocher · 14 replies · 436+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | June 10, 2010 | Steven Bertoni
    Christopher Bowen is making a 4,000-mile beer run. This July the 43-year-old financial planner will ride a BMW motorcycle from his house in Bethlehem, Pa. up to the Hudson Bay in the Canadian Arctic. Once there, he'll set up camp and brew 100 gallons of beer using a 158-year-old recipe. No, this wasn't a plan dreamed up after a few too many cold ones. In 2007 Bowen watched a sealed 1852 bottle of Allsopp's Arctic Ale sell for $500,000 on Ebay. The final bid turned out to be bogus (Bowen thinks the bottle was worth $300,000), but the auction inspired...
  • Arctic Sea Ice Extent (Hooboy , Are we going to hear about it now)

    05/21/2010 4:13:26 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 23 replies · 1,745+ views
    NSIDC ^ | May 21, 2010
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  • Angelic conversations - Carmelite convent in Tromso, Norway

    04/09/2010 1:21:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 654+ views
    The Architectural Review via findarticles.com ^ | August, 1996 | Edith Ericsson
    In Norway's far north, amid a harsh landscape and unforgiving climate, Lund & Slaatto's convent for nuns of the reclusive Carmelite order embodies a pragmatic yet poetic sensibility.Carmelite nuns belong to one of the most introverted and reclusive monastic orders within the Catholic Church. Communication with the outside world is strictly limited and daily life is ordered by sustained periods of contemplation and meditation. The sisters own nothing and are totally self-sufficient. The new Carmelite convent in Tromse, far above the Arctic Circle, has the distinction of being the world's most northerly outpost of the order. Designed by Lund...
  • Arctic Sea Ice Melting Season Posts Latest Start on Record

    04/07/2010 9:27:10 AM PDT · by pissant · 9 replies · 465+ views
    BusinessWeek ^ | 4/7/10 | Alex Morales
    The extent of sea ice over the Arctic Ocean grew until the last day of March, the latest the annual melting season has begun in 31 years of satellite records, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center said. Cold weather and winds from the north over the Bering Sea and Barents Sea meant that the area of ocean covered by ice expanded through last month, the Boulder, Colorado-based center said today in a statement on its Web site. That’s two days later than in 1999, the previous latest start to a melting season since satellite monitoring began in 1979....
  • Data of Sea Ice Extent (Arctic Sea Ice at 7 year High)

    04/07/2010 8:52:40 AM PDT · by Signalman · 3 replies · 319+ views
    IJIS ^ | 4/6/2010 | Unk
    See graph at link. Arctic sea ice (for date 4/6/2010) highest since 2003.
  • Increase in Arctic ice confounds doomsayers...

    04/05/2010 8:54:28 AM PDT · by Signalman · 21 replies · 1,066+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/3/2010 | Mail Online
    The amount of sea ice covering the Arctic dramatically increased last month, reaching levels not seen at this time of year for nearly a decade. The scientists who released the data stressed that last month's rise was part of yearly variations in ice cover and could not be taken as a sign that global warming is coming to an end. But sceptics argued that the findings undermined 'alarmist' claims that the North Pole could be free of summer ice by 2013. -snip- The best measure of the health of the Arctic was not only the amount of cover, but also...
  • Time Publishes Melting Arctic Scare Piece As Ice Levels Dramatically Rise

    04/04/2010 3:36:11 PM PDT · by jentilla · 9 replies · 687+ views
    On the same day that Time magazine published a scare piece about the melting Arctic seas, a British paper reported recent findings that ice levels have dramatically increased to levels not seen in almost a decade.
  • Arctic Sea Ice Extent (Anyone want to see arctic ice pack exceed 30 year average?)

    04/02/2010 7:08:01 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 18 replies · 856+ views
    Area of ocean with at least 15% sea ice http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_stddev_timeseries.png
  • Oops - Arctic Sea Ice about to hit normal (bad news for GW alarmists)

    04/01/2010 10:31:18 AM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies · 481+ views
    Alaska Standard ^ | 3/31/2010 | Steven Goddard and Anthony Watts
    Barring an about face by nature or adjustments, it appears that for the first time since 2001, Arctic Sea ice will hit the “normal” line as defined by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) for this time of year. NSIDC puts out an article about once a month called the Sea Ice News. It generally highlights any bad news they can find about the disappearance of Arctic ice. Last month’s news led with this sentence. In February, Arctic sea ice extent continued to track below the average, and near the levels observed for February 2007. But March brought...
  • Global Cooling Confirmed? Arctic Ice Returns to Normal

    04/01/2010 10:17:51 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 15 replies · 668+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-01-10 | Mike's America
    The latest nail in the global warming coffin!Remember all that alarmist nonsense about the Arctic melting with the consequences of the Polar Bears dying and the planet flooding? The alarmists pointed to thinning Arctic ice as proof the planet was warming and that we must listen to their dire predictions and raise the cost of everyone's energy (as if that would do anything to slow warming). Well, don't worry. Looks like Mother Nature has stepped in once again and put things right. The latest chart from the National Snow and Ice Data Center makes it clear: Steven Goddard and Anthony...
  • Oh, that inconvenient growing polar ice cap

    03/30/2010 7:29:12 PM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies · 675+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 3/30/2010 | Jerry Schmitt
    Global warmists continue to circulate alarming warnings that the past winter was among the warmest on record. See, for example, Andrew Freeman's March 15 article in the Washington Post entitled " D.C.'s winter was cold, but the globe stayed toasty". Somehow the Arctic Ocean did not get the memo. See here for an update on the rapidly growing extent of the polar ice cap throughout March 2010. Remember, ice-water is used to calibrate thermometers (zero Celsius). Polar ice therefore a much more reliable, widespread indicator of global temperature than the geographically-limited, fallible, error-prone network--array of thermometers employed by the "Climate...
  • Arctic Sea Ice Grows

    03/15/2010 10:26:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies · 1,300+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 15, 2010 | Jerome J. Schmitt
    Sea-ice grows and retreats each winter.  Satellite images have record the extent of artic sea-ice coverage on a daily basis since 1979.  The trend in March 2010 shown here is well above the lowest coverage recorded in 2006-2007.  This should be encouraging news for all those alarmed that the ice-caps might be melting.
  • Arctic Sea Ice Extent Continues to Expand

    03/04/2010 12:20:24 PM PST · by Helotes · 62 replies · 2,898+ views
    This daily chart illustrates that the Arctic Ice Cap continues to expand its coverage and is now within less than 2 standard deviations from the 1979-2000 average. Global Warming Hoax, its over http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/
  • Arctic Could Face Warmer and Ice-Free Conditions (Pliocene projections - USGS)

    12/29/2009 8:37:20 AM PST · by decimon · 61 replies · 1,696+ views
    U.S. Geological Survey ^ | Dec 29, 2009 | Unknown
    There is increased evidence that the Arctic could face seasonally ice-free conditions and much warmer temperatures in the future. Scientists documented evidence that the Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas were too warm to support summer sea ice during the mid-Pliocene warm period (3.3 to 3 million years ago). This period is characterized by warm temperatures similar to those projected for the end of this century, and is used as an analog to understand future conditions. The U.S. Geological Survey found that summer sea-surface temperatures in the Arctic were between 10 to 18°C (50 to 64°F) during the mid-Pliocene, while current...
  • PHOTOS: "Alien" Jellyfish Found in Arctic Deep

    12/15/2009 10:25:34 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 44 replies · 2,656+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | December 11, 2009-
    In the black depths of the frigid Arctic Ocean, scientists on a 2005 expedition found a splash of color: The brilliant, blood-red Crossota norvegica jellyfish (pictured). The creature was spotted by a remotely operated vehicle 8,530 feet (2,600 meters) underwater during a two-month National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expedition to the Canada Basin, the deepest and least explored part of the Arctic waters. Though C. norvegica is not a new species, several new deep-sea animals were discovered during the expedition--some of which were announced in recent research papers in 2009.
  • Are the Polar Caps Really Melting Due To Global Warming?

    12/12/2009 2:34:32 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 24 replies · 1,471+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Bluegrass Pundit
    No. We came out of a 'little ice age' around 1850 and the temperature has increased slightly due to this, but nothing abnormal is happening. Global warming alarmists will tell you the polar caps are melting. This isn't exactly true. The University of Illinois keeps the sea ice data. As you can see from the chart below, Arctic ice is decreasing. However, Antarctic ice is currently increasing. When you combine the two charts into a global sea ice chart, you can see sea ice has been very stable for the last 150 years.
  • Multiyear Arctic ice is effectively gone: expert

    10/31/2009 8:16:51 PM PDT · by secretagent · 25 replies · 1,929+ views
    NewsDaily ^ | 2009/10/29 | David Ljunggren
    The multiyear ice covering the Arctic Ocean has effectively vanished, a startling development that will make it easier to open up polar shipping routes, an Arctic expert said on Thursday. Vast sheets of impenetrable multiyear ice, which can reach up to 80 meters (260 feet) thick, have for centuries blocked the path of ships seeking a quick short cut through the fabled Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. They also ruled out the idea of sailing across the top of the world. But David Barber, Canada's Research Chair in Arctic System Science at the University of Manitoba, said...
  • Three Decades Of Global Cooling

    10/13/2009 7:20:50 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies · 1,342+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | October 13, 2009 | IBD Staff
    Climate Change: As a Colorado Rockies playoff game is snowed out, scientists report that Arctic sea ice is thickening and Antarctic snow melt is the lowest in three decades. Whatever happened to global warming? Al Gore wasn't there to throw out the first snowball, er, baseball, so he might not have noticed that Saturday's playoff game between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies was snowed out - in early October. The field should have been snow-free just as the North Pole was to be ice-free this year. It seems that ice at both poles hasn't been paying attention to...
  • Arctic ice cap to disappear in 20-30 years: study

    10/14/2009 4:53:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 82 replies · 3,118+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/14/09 | Elodie Mazein
    LONDON (AFP) – The Arctic ice cap will disappear completely in summer months within 20 to 30 years, a polar research team said as they presented findings from an expedition led by adventurer Pen Hadow. It is likely to be largely ice-free during the warmer months within a decade, the experts added. Veteran polar explorer Hadow and two other Britons went out on the Arctic ice cap for 73 days during the northern spring, taking more than 6,000 measurements and observations of the sea ice. The raw data they collected from March to May has been analysed, producing some stark...
  • Three Decades Of Global Cooling

    10/12/2009 8:33:35 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies · 1,783+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 12, 2009 | IBD staff
    Climate Change: As a Colorado Rockies playoff game is snowed out, scientists report that Arctic sea ice is thickening and Antarctic snow melt is the lowest in three decades. Whatever happened to global warming? Al Gore wasn't there to throw out the first snowball, er, baseball, so he might not have noticed that Saturday's playoff game between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies was snowed out — in early October. The field should have been snow-free just as the North Pole was to be ice-free this year. It seems that ice at both poles hasn't been paying attention to...
  • Polar Bear Spotted Riding On Its Mother's Back

    10/04/2009 4:13:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 2,373+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 04th 2009
    Polar Bear Spotted Riding On Its Mother's Back [Pic in URL] Polar bear cubs ride 'piggy back' on their mother's back to avoid falling into the freezing waters of the Arctic, according to new scientific evidence. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent 05 Oct 2009 A British holidaymaker visiting Duvefjorden, Nordaustlandet, spotted the mother bear with a seven-month-old cub hitching a ride. Photo: Angela Plumb The behaviour has been observed in the wild before by polar bears emerging from the den for the first time or crossing open water. However there was little research into the phenomenon and no photographic evidence....
  • Polar bear cub hitches a ride

    10/04/2009 3:05:11 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 31 replies · 1,724+ views
    news ^ | 2 October 2009 | Jody Bourton
    Which may explain why a polar bear cub has recently been seen riding on the back of its mother as the bears swim across parts of the Arctic Ocean. The cub then briefly rode her back as she clambered out of the icy water, a unique event photographed by a tourist. Experts have rarely seen the behaviour, and they say the latest find suggests it may be a more common practice than previously thought.
  • Arctic seas turn to acid, putting vital food chain at risk (Oh noes!)

    10/04/2009 2:45:30 PM PDT · by cyst · 49 replies · 1,232+ views
    Guardian, UK ^ | 10-04-09 | Robin McKie
    Carbon-dioxide emissions are turning the waters of the Arctic Ocean into acid at an unprecedented rate, scientists have discovered. Research carried out in the archipelago of Svalbard has shown in many regions around the north pole seawater is likely to reach corrosive levels within 10 years. The water will then start to dissolve the shells of mussels and other shellfish and cause major disruption to the food chain. By the end of the century, the entire Arctic Ocean will be corrosively acidic. "This is extremely worrying," Professor Jean-Pierre Gattuso, of France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, told an international...
  • Nato commander warns of conflict with Russia in Arctic Circle

    10/02/2009 12:17:31 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 545+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | October 2, 2009 | Tom Coghlan
    Competition for resources in the Arctic Circle could provoke conflict between Russia and Nato, a newly appointed commander at the alliance warned today. Russia has recently been aggressive in its pursuit of claims to parts of the regions and in February sent a submarine to the floor of the sea in order to symbolically plant a flag. In March Russia announced plans to establish military bases along its northern coastline. Admiral James Stavridis said that military activity and trade routes would also both be potential sources of competition around the polar cap. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)...
  • Arctic Ice to Last Decades Longer Than Thought?

    09/22/2009 9:43:45 AM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies · 593+ views
    NatGeo ^ | 9/21/2009 | Ker Than
    This year's cooler-than-expected summer means the Arctic probably won't experience ice-free summers until 2030 or 2040, scientists say. Some models had previously predicted that the Arctic could be ice free in summer by as soon as 2013, due to rising temperatures from global warming. However, that scenario required Arctic sea ice to shrink at the record-setting pace of summer 2007, when sea ice coverage dropped to 1.6 million square miles (4.13 million square kilometers), said Walter Meier, a scientist at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. This summer Arctic sea ice shrank to only 1.97...
  • Arctic Sea Ice Not Following Consensus (All the experts were wrong)

    09/20/2009 9:22:10 AM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies · 907+ views
    An Honest Climate Debate ^ | 9/20/2009 | Jeff Id
    From the NSIDC, Sea ice reaches it’s annual minimum extent growing by 370,000 square miles over 2007. An area 1 1/2 times the size of Texas. The recovery is 220,000 sq miles above last year alone yet the NSIDC claims below that the scientists don’t consider this a recovery. They cite younger thinner ice again and a lower level than the 30 year mean as the reasons this is not a recovery. I have difficulty ignoring a near 400,000 sq mile increase in ice level. So I hope they don’t mind if I do consider it at least a partial...
  • Pause in Arctic's melting trend

    09/17/2009 12:54:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,327+ views
    BBC News ^ | 9/17/09 | BBC
    This summer's melt of Arctic sea ice has not been as profound as in the last two years, scientists said as the ice began its annual Autumn recovery. At its smallest extent this summer, on 12 September, the ice covered 5.10 million sq km (1.97 million sq miles). This was larger than the minima seen in the last two years, and leaves 2007's record low of 4.1 million sq km (1.6 million sq miles) intact. But scientists note the long-term trend is still downwards. Arctic temperatures have been cooler this year than last year, researchers said, and winds have helped...
  • Arctic Shortcut Beckons Shippers as Ice Thaws

    09/12/2009 4:43:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies · 1,098+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 10, 2009 | Andrew E. Kramer and Andrew C. Revkin
    MOSCOW — For hundreds of years, mariners have dreamed of an Arctic shortcut that would allow them to speed trade between Asia and the West. Two German ships are poised to complete that transit for the first time, aided by the retreat of Arctic ice that scientists have linked to global warming. The ships started their voyage in South Korea in late July and will begin the last leg of the trip this week, leaving a Siberian port for Rotterdam in the Netherlands carrying 3,500 tons of construction materials. Russian ships have long moved goods along the country’s sprawling Arctic...
  • Arctic reverses trend, is warmest in two millennia

    09/04/2009 2:44:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,186+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/09 | Randolph E. Schmid - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Arctic is warmer than it's been in 2,000 years, even though it should be cooling because of changes in the Earth's orbit that cause the region to get less direct sunlight. Indeed, the Arctic had been cooling for nearly two millennia before reversing course in the last century and starting to warm as human activities added greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. "If it hadn't been for the increase in human-produced greenhouse gases, summer temperatures in the Arctic should have cooled gradually over the last century," said Bette Otto-Bliesner, a National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist and co-author...
  • Arctic 'Warmest in 2,000 Years' (Global Warming Red Alert)

    09/03/2009 5:15:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies · 1,703+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/3/09
    Arctic temperatures are now higher than at any time in the last 2,000 years, research reveals. Changes to the Earth's orbit drove centuries of cooling, but temperatures rose fast in the last 100 years as human greenhouse gas emissions rose. Scientists took evidence from ice cores, tree rings and lake sediments. Writing in the journal Science, they say this confirms that the Arctic is very sensitive both to changes in solar heating and to greenhouse warming. The 23 sites sampled were good enough to provide a decade-by-decade picture of temperatures across the region. The result is a "hockey stick"-like curve...
  • UN chief visits 'doomsday' seed vault in Arctic

    09/02/2009 2:37:16 PM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies · 579+ views
    AFP ^ | 9-2-09
    UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited Wednesday a vault carved into the Arctic permafrost, filled with samples of the world's most important seeds in case food crops are wiped out by a catastrophe. "The world faces many daunting challenges today, one of the greatest of which is how to feed a growing population in the context of climate change," a bundled-up Ban told reporters after he toured the site in the Svalbard archipelago some 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) from the North Pole. "The seeds stored here in Svalbard will help us do just that. Sustainable food production may not begin in...
  • Data of Sea Ice Extent

    08/30/2009 10:28:01 AM PDT · by Signalman · 2 replies · 406+ views
    IRAC-JAXA ^ | 8/29/2009 | IRAC-JAXA
    Please click the link to the IRAC-JAXA web site to reference the chart at this site. The important thing about this chart is the trend of Arctic sea ice extent from 2007 to 2009 as we approach the Summer minimum (mid-Sept). Note the yellow, orange and red lines which represent the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively. The trend is going back to greater sea ice coverage, where 2007 was the lowest coverage, last year had increased coverage while it looks like 2009 will have more sea ice coverage than the previous two years. So clearly, the trend is not...
  • EDITORIAL: Hurray for polar bears--Growing population negates climate-change hysteria

    08/23/2009 11:04:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies · 1,284+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 23, 2009 | Editorial
    It's a good time to be a polar bear. Unusually cool temperatures in the northern climes last winter produced thicker-than-usual polar ice. This gave the lucky bears an extra two weeks to roam the ice floes to hunt ringed seals. As a result, adult bears are better fed and more cubs are surviving their first year. The bears will go into the winter with greater energy stores, which will mean a better chance of survival and even more cubs. ~snip~ The global-warming religion is highly resistant to facts. This came home to us recently when Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat,...
  • Save The Whales, Kill The Economy

    04/20/2009 6:20:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 901+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | April 20, 2009
    Energy: With Ahab-like determination, environmentalists have once again blocked oil exploration in the American Arctic. They may just have succeeded in putting the American economy on ice.On Friday, a three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals Court panel in Washington, D.C., struck down the Bush administration's five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing off Alaska's northern coast. The plan was vacated, the panel ruled, because of allegedly insufficient environmental review because its "environmental sensitivity rankings are irrational." What is irrational is that despite a more than three-decade long record of environmental sensitivity at Prudhoe Bay and elsewhere, and despite booming polar...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Lies Revealed — Greenpeace Leader Admits Arctic Ice Exaggeration

    08/19/2009 11:28:11 AM PDT · by rvoitier · 19 replies · 1,188+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | Aug. 19, 2009 | Phelim McAleer & Ann McElhinney‏
    The outgoing leader of Greenpeace has admitted his organization’s recent claim that the Arctic Ice will disappear by 2030 was “a mistake.” Greenpeace made the claim in a July 15 press release entitled “Urgent Action Needed As Arctic Ice Melts,” which said there will be an ice-free Arctic by 2030 because of global warming. Under close questioning by BBC reporter Stephen Sackur on the “Hardtalk” program, Gerd Leipold, the retiring leader of Greenpeace, said the claim was wrong.
  • Polar Bear BS

    08/17/2009 1:03:53 PM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 1,487+ views
    townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2009 | Bill Steigerwald
    Environmentalists and the media have successfully bamboozled half the populace and every school child in America into believing large numbers of polar bears are starving and drowning in the Arctic because of global warming. But it's obviously not even close to being true. How do we know this? Because if even just one emaciated drowned polar bear's body had been fished from Arctic waters in the last five years, we'd have seen its sorry carcass a thousand times on TV and on the covers of Time and Vanity Fair. By now the poor dead bear would have been given a...
  • Polar Bear Testimony Suppressed Due to 'Inconvenient' Truths

    06/28/2009 7:09:01 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies · 1,014+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 28, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    As the U.S. Senate now prepares to consider the cap-and-trade climate bill recently passed by the house, they will want to consider all the facts related to this landmark spending program. So far we have learned that the Environmental Protection Agency has suppressed an internal report skeptical about the wild global warming claims and now, from across the pond, we find out that a polar bear expert has been forbidden by global warming alarmists from reporting that most of those animals have actually been increasing in population during the past few years or are at optimum levels. Although you won't...
  • Russian Arctic reserve may save polar bears from extinction - WWF

    06/15/2009 1:00:53 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 23 replies · 510+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 15/06/2009
    MOSCOW, June 15 (RIA Novosti) - The creation of the Russian Arctic nature reserve could compensate for the damage to the dwindling polar bear population from global warming, the director of WWF-Russia said on Monday. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a decree on establishing the nature reserve on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, in the Arctic Ocean, earlier on Monday. The reserve is expected to cover an area of more than 8 million hectares. Speaking on the nature reserve, Putin said this is a "unique space with high biodiversity and high bioproductivity." "This is essential for polar bears as there...
  • If Only Congress Had Listened to Sarah Palin

    05/30/2009 7:04:25 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 17 replies · 1,120+ views
    Texas for Sarah Palin ^ | Saturday, May 30, 2009 | Josh Painter
    When International Business Daily's editors first interviewed a little-known governor named Sarah Palin ten months ago, she told them about Alaska's Chukchi Sea resources and emphasized that these energy assets should be developed. At the time it was thought that there were sufficient oil and gas resources there to meet America's needs for a decade. Palin told IBD that it was "nonsensical" for the U.S. to beg the Saudis to ramp up crude oil production while Alaska was sitting virtually on top of those resources. She saw development of the Chukchi as a significant step toward U.S. energy security. All...
  • Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis

    05/27/2009 1:52:17 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 11 replies · 840+ views
    Update: May 26 2009 The daily image update has been temporarily suspended because of large areas of missing data in the past week. NSIDC currently gets its data from the SSM/I sensor on the DMSP F13 satellite, which is nearing the end of its operational life and experiencing intermittent problems. NSIDC has been working on a transition to a newer sensor on the F17 satellite for several months. At this time, we have more than a year of data from F17, which we are using to intercalibrate with F13 data. The F17 data are not yet available for near-real-time updates....
  • Canada extends Arctic mapping past North Pole into waters claimed by Russia

    05/25/2009 2:51:13 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 12 replies · 752+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | Sun May 24, 2:57 PM
    The beaver is starting to push back against the bear in the debate over who controls the top of the world. Federal officials are confirming to The Canadian Press that Canada's Arctic mapping flights have ventured beyond the North Pole into areas claimed by Russia. The flights are the first step towards building a case that Canada's Arctic sovereignty could reach past the Pole despite Russia's determination to extend its own northern footprint.
  • AMSR-E SEA ICE EXTENT (Still at 7 year high)

    05/17/2009 1:27:18 PM PDT · by Signalman · 4 replies · 486+ views
    IARC-JAXA ^ | 5/17/2009 | Unk.