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  • A Mysterious Mammoth Carcass Could Change Human History

    01/14/2016 8:42:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 99 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 01/14/2016 | Maddie Stone
    The carcass was remarkably well preserved, but something was clearly wrong. A rounded hole through the interior jugal. Deep incisions along the ribs. Dents in the left scapula. A broken mandible. This 45,000 year-old mammoth's life ended violently at the hands of hunters. That wouldn't be surprising-it's well known that Pleistocene humans were expert mammoth killers=but for the location. It was excavated from a permafrost embankment at Yenisei bay, a remote spot in central Siberia where a massive river empties into the Arctic Ocean. That makes this brutalized mammoth the oldest evidence for human expansion into the high Arctic by...
  • Remains of lost 1800s whaling fleet discovered off Alaska’s Arctic coast

    01/08/2016 12:24:03 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    NOAA ^ | January 6, 2016 | unattributed
    The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships, that were found are most likely the remains of 33 ships trapped by pack ice close to the Alaskan Arctic shore in September 1871... The ships were destroyed in a matter of weeks, leaving more than 1,200 whalers stranded at the top of the world until they could be rescued by seven ships of the fleet standing by about 80 miles to the south in open water off Icy Cape. No one died in the incident but it is cited as one of the major causes of the demise of commercial whaling in...
  • Geopolitical Icebergs

    12/30/2015 12:50:58 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    U.S. Naval Institue ^ | December 2015 | David P. Auerswald
    The Arctic geopolitical situation is changing rapidly. The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the globe, with the region losing roughly 13 percent of its ice per decade. Melting ice has raised the possibility of access to new transshipment routes, fishing grounds, mineral deposits, vast petroleum reserves, and tourism opportunities. Use of the Northwest Passage across Canada or the Northern Sea Route across Russia could shorten transcontinental shipment distances by at least a third and open new venues for destination tourism. A truly transpolar route may be possible by 2030, which would shorten shipping times even more. On...
  • North Pole's Ancient Past Holds Lessons for Future Global Warming (It was warm even with no humans)

    10/09/2006 8:30:03 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 22 replies · 840+ views
    North Pole's Ancient Past Holds Lessons For Future Global Warming Detailed information on greenhouse gasses and a subtropical heat wave at the North Pole 55 million years ago is providing information about the Earth's past as well as a portent for its future, according to reports in the June 1 issue of Nature. An expedition to the Artic Ocean in 2004 by a team of scientists aboard a fleet of icebreakers collected samples by drilling into the floor of the ocean. The project was part of an international research effort, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, which explores the Earth's history...
  • A Surprising Survival Story in the Siberian Arctic

    01/02/2004 2:47:55 PM PST · by Lessismore · 9 replies · 961+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2004-01-02 | Richard Stone
    Artifacts dated to 30,000 years ago tell of human resilience in an unforgiving environment, and they may provide new clues to the peopling of the Americas Primates are simply not primed for Arctic survival. A person lost on the tundra in winter will quickly perish, and even the sturdiest shelter atop the permafrost provides scant refuge without a supply of fuel. Yet somehow, at the height of the last Ice Age, humans endured a similarly unforgiving environment in northern Siberia, in the Yana River valley 500 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. That's the surprising conclusion from a trove of artifacts...
  • Arctic Dig Unearths Prehistoric Settlement

    01/02/2004 4:16:23 AM PST · by johnny7 · 17 replies · 196+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 2, 2004 | Dennis O'Brien
    Russian archaeologists have discovered the remains of the world's oldest known Arctic settlement - a Siberian riverfront site that they say could help determine when humans first arrived in the Americas. The 30,000-year-old site - twice as old as any previous Arctic dig - includes a rhinoceros bone shaped into a spear that shows a "striking resemblance" to spear points found by archaeologists in Clovis, N.M.
  • Russia builds massive Arctic military base

    10/21/2015 2:03:10 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 20th October 2015 | AFP Staff
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's defence ministry said Tuesday it has built a giant military base in the far northern Arctic where 150 soldiers can live autonomously for up to 18 months....................................
  • Obama freezes drilling in Arctic until 2017

    10/17/2015 3:50:34 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday Octobeer 16, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Citing "low industry interest," the Interior Department announced a freeze Friday on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska until at least 2017.
  • Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

    07/02/2015 5:25:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer. The decision will force Shell to scale back its hopes of completing two exploratory oil wells in waters north of Alaska this summer and is another setback for the firm that has spent seven years and $7 billion trying to find crude in the Arctic Ocean. At issue is the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to allow sound from Shell’s planned drilling to disturb walruses, polar bears...
  • Obama to Suspend Arctic Drilling

    05/27/2010 3:04:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies · 3,275+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 27, 2010 | Anahad O'Connor
    President Obama will announce on Thursday a suspension of all applications for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic through the remainder of the year, an Alaska senator said late Wednesday. The decision essentially extends an informal moratorium that Mr. Obama had set shortly after the BP accident on April 20 that led to the spewing of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The new restrictions would suspend new offshore drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and off the North Slope Alaska until the cause of the accident is determined and stricter safety and environmental safeguards...
  • US Senators Want a Stop to Arctic Drilling

    05/26/2015 6:08:33 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    Marine Link ^ | May 26, 2015 | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    Eighteen U. S. senators have urged the Obama’s administration to halt Shell’s Arctic drilling plans saying that it is an unacceptable and irresponsible decision, says a report in Reuters. Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, joined by seventeen other Senators, has urged the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to halt all offshore oil and gas drilling permits in the Arctic region.
  • Questions linger for ConocoPhillips on Arctic drilling program following Shell’s OK

    05/13/2015 4:16:42 AM PDT · by thackney
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 12, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance said Tuesday that the Obama administration’s decision to allow a competitor’s Arctic drilling program to move forward has provided some, but not all, of the clarifications they were looking in their own projects in the region. The U.S. government on Monday gave Shell’s $6 billion plan to explore for crude oil in the northern Chukchi Sea a preliminary OK, reviving exploration plans that have faced significant political, engineering and cost challenges. Lance said that the go-ahead given to Shell’s program has not resolved all of ConocoPhillips’ Arctic questions. “A lot of the [regulations] are still subject...
  • Obama withdraws Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil drilling

    12/16/2014 7:59:43 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies
    Associated Press Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Associated Press
    <p>President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.</p> <p>The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases. He called Bristol Bay one of the country's great natural resources and a massive economic engine.</p>
  • Obama Films Anti-Oil Drilling Video–From a Jet

    01/26/2015 9:14:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/26/15 | Wynton Hall
    On Sunday, President Barack Obama released an anti-oil drilling environmental video shot aboard Air Force One–an aircraft that has a 53,611 gallon fuel capacity. The video, which shows Obama aboard Air Force One, is interspersed with scenes of arctic animals and wildlife landscapes, reports National Public Radio (NPR). It’s all part of Obama’s ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) newly proposed plan to ban roads, permanent structures, vehicles, drilling, and mining on 12.28 million acres in ANWR. On Saturday, Obama flew Air Force One over 8,000+ miles to India to discuss global warming and other issues.
  • Obama Administration Moves to Open Arctic Drilling

    08/05/2011 10:21:56 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    IBTimes ^ | August 5, 2011
    In a move to expand America's domestic oil and gas exploration, the Department of the Interior began to reverse a moratorium on offshore drilling by approving Royal Dutch Shell's request to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean.
  • The Conventional Wisdom on Putin is Dangerously Wrong It's not about 'order'—it's about empire

    10/08/2015 5:28:01 AM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 8,2015 | Aaron Mclean
    The official Washington line on Vladimir Putin’s military action is as follows: It is a mistake, demonstrating Russian weakness, sure to get the Russian military stuck in a “quagmire,” according to President Obama. Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary, took that observation one further, comparing Putin’s policies to those of the Bush administration (the sickest of White House burns) by arguing the Russians “will not succeed in imposing a military solution” just as the U.S. did not succeed in imposing one in Iraq. Adopting the characteristic snark of his boss, at a later press conference Earnest assessed Putin not to...
  • Russian intelligence accused of silencing anti Arctic drilling Norwegian newspaper editor

    10/07/2015 2:05:45 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 4 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Tuesday 6 October 2015 10.04 EDT | Karl Mathiesen
    A Norwegian Arctic newspaper editor who has extensively covered oil drilling in the region was sacked at the behest of the Russian intelligence service, according to Norway’s public service broadcaster. ....snip.... In what could develop into a scandal in the European Arctic, Nilsen was last week controversially fired as editor of the Barents Observer for having “acted disloyally” to the newspaper’s owners. The title is owned by Norwegian Barents Secretariat (NBS), a local government body that promotes good relations with Russia in a region where the two nations cooperate and compete over fishing, oil and military strategy. Remaining Observer staff,...
  • Russia Builds 'Arc Of Steel'

    10/07/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    Marine Link ^ | October 07, 2015 | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    Russia is building an “arc of steel” from the Arctic to the Mediterranean Sea said a NATO commander, in the same vein as Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain metaphor. Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson, who commands NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, and U.S. Navy forces in Europe and Africa, spoke at the Atlantic Council here. The alliance also faces threats from the south, and both threats argue for more attention from the United States, NATO members and allied states, Ferguson said.
  • Russia and America prep forces for Arctic war

    10/05/2015 10:45:32 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | David Axe
    President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Alaska helped draw attention to global climate change — and to the national-security tensions that could result from a warming Arctic region. Surveyors believe that the seabed under Arctic waters could contain hundreds of billions of barrels of untapped oil. As the North Pole becomes more accessible, and so more valuable, Arctic countries — each with its own and in some cases overlapping territorial claims — are getting ready for some serious competition. The United States and Russia are geopolitical rivals and uneasy Arctic neighbors. More and more Russian and U.S. military forces are...
  • Shell’s Loss Is Eni’s Gain

    10/02/2015 9:31:42 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-10-2015 | Oilnorway
    At the beginning of this week, oil major Shell announced that it will indefinitely postpone (read: completely abandon) its Arctic drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska. The company stated: "Shell will now cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future. This decision reflects both the Burger J well result, the high costs associated with the project and the challenging and unpredictable federal regulatory environment in offshore Alaska." This retreat will result in Shell losing its $7 billion investment, a bitter pill to swallow for the oil major. While Shell and many others have given up...
  • Shell says it will cease Alaska offshore Arctic drilling

    09/27/2015 11:59:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 28, 2015 2:15 AM EDT | Dan Joling
    Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work. The announcement was a huge blow to Shell, which was counting on offshore drilling in Alaska to help it drive future revenue. Environmentalists, however, had tried repeatedly to block the project, and welcome the news.Shell found indications of the oil and gas in the well in the Chukchi Sea about 80 miles off Alaska’s northwest coast, the company said Monday in a release from The Hague, Netherlands. However, the petroleum was not...
  • Obama to propose building of new icebreakers to protect US interests in Arctic

    09/05/2015 9:52:19 AM PDT · by HereInTheHeartland · 45 replies
    "President Obama will ask Congress Tuesday to speed up the construction of new icebreaker ships in order to protect U.S. interests and resources in the Arctic, amid growing concern that the U.S. has ceded influence to Russia in the strategic waters."
  • Five Chinese Navy Ships Are Operating in Bering Sea Off Alaska Coast

    09/02/2015 1:29:09 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 67 replies
    wsj ^ | Sept. 2, 2015 | JEREMY PAGE
    Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. The officials said they have been aware in recent days that three Chinese combat ships, a replenishment vessel and an amphibious ship were in the vicinity after observing them moving toward the Aleutian Islands, which are split between U.S....
  • Chinese Navy Ships Make First Appearance in Bering Sea

    09/02/2015 4:06:14 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    gCaptain ^ | September 2, 2015 | Phil Stewart
    Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China’s military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the first time the United States had observed Chinese Navy ships in the Bering Sea.
  • The Ice Man Cometh

    09/02/2015 11:26:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/02/15 | Judi McLeod
    A little late to the party: Somewhere in the murky mists of a future, which is fast becoming the present, Obama the Ice Man, Cometh. Polar bears will no longer be stranded on ice floes because the American government is sending the U.S. Coast Guard to the rescue in their very own icebreakers In fighting off Russia, which planted its flag under the Arctic sea bed back in 2007, the Obama administration is set to remove 3,000 troops from Alaska but will be building ice breakers ready to hit the water in 2020. Take that, Vladimir Putin, if the kind...
  • Russia Claims North Pole for Itself, Plants Titanium Russian Flag on Floor of Arctic Ocean

    09/01/2015 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/05/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    Russia formally staked its claim Tuesday to a large portion of the Arctic Ocean that includes the North Pole, even planting a flag on the floor of the ocean below the area to exercise its control. If the United Nations committee that arbitrates sea boundaries accepts Russia’s claim, the waters will be subject to Moscow’s oversight on economic matters, including fishing and oil and gas drilling, though Russia will not have full sovereignty. Under a 1982 United Nations convention, the Law of the Sea, a nation may claim an exclusive economic zone over the continental shelf abutting its shores. If...
  • Obama defends Shell Arctic drilling decision

    08/29/2015 8:52:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 8/29/15 | Jérôme Cartillier
    **SNIP** The Obama administration's green light for the Anglo-Dutch oil giant angered environmental groups which have decried the "hypocrisy" of the president, who in recent months has stressed the need for aggressive actions against climate change. **SNIP** "I know there are Americans who are concerned about oil companies drilling in environmentally sensitive waters," Obama said in his weekly address, noting that the drilling leases had been purchased before he took office. "I share people's concerns about offshore drilling," he added. "I remember the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico all too well. That's precisely why my administration has worked...
  • Sanctions Bite Massive Gas Project in Russian Arctic

    08/28/2015 5:03:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | JAMES MARSON and SELINA WILLIAMS
    A $27 billion energy project is rising rapidly on this icy peninsula jutting above the Arctic Circle, but the race to shore up its finances has emerged as a test of Moscow’s ability to weather Western sanctions. U.S. restrictions on OAO Novatek, the project’s Russian leader, are squeezing the massive Yamal LNG liquefied-natural-gas venture, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s plan for Russia to reduce its heavy dependence on natural-gas customers in Europe by increasing exports to Asia and, in turn, cementing Russian ties with China. Barred by the sanctions from raising long-term dollar loans, Novatek and its foreign partners,...
  • Clinton says Arctic drilling 'not worth the risk'

    08/18/2015 8:20:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    reuters ^ | Aug. 18, 2015 | Emily Stephenson, Amanda Becker and Timothy Gardner
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, a day after the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) final approval to drill off Alaska. "The Arctic is a unique treasure," Clinton said in a Twitter post. "Given what we know, it's not worth the risk of drilling." On Monday, the Obama administration gave Shell final approval to resume drilling into the oil zone off northern Alaska for the first time since 2012. Shell obtained the leases during the administration of former President George W. Bush.
  • Russia submits Arctic claim to UN in move to seize oil and gas rights

    08/05/2015 10:00:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 05, 2015
    Russia's Foreign Ministry confirmed Tuesday that it had submitted a bid for vast Arctic territories that could contain large quantities of oil and gas to the United Nations. The ministry said in a statement that Moscow was claiming over 463,000 square miles of Artic sea shelf extending more than 350 nautical miles from the shore. The Arctic is believed to hold up to 25 percent of the planet's untapped oil and gas supplies, and Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the territory. The competition has intensified in recent years...
  • Obama Will Jetset To The Arctic To Warn About Global Warming

    08/03/2015 8:05:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/3/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Based on government data, Obama’s jaunt to the Arctic aboard Air Force One will emit about 354, 585 pounds of carbon dioxide, or about 161 metric tonnes, for just that one leg of the flight. That’s equivalent to what 22 homes emit from burning electricity every year or the annual emissions from driving 33 cars, according to the EPA’s own carbon footprint calculator.
  • Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims

    07/25/2015 12:27:05 PM PDT · by crusty old prospector · 68 replies
    The U. K. Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2015 | Robert Mendick
    A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space of a few months. Professor Peter Wadhams said he feared being labelled a “looney” over his suspicion that the deaths of the scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence. But he insisted the trio could have been murdered and hinted that the oil industry or else sinister government forces might be implicated. The three scientists he identified - Seymour Laxon and Katherine Giles, both climate change scientists at University College London, and Tim Boyd of...
  • Obama gives final approval to Arctic drilling

    07/22/2015 2:33:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration gave its final stamp of approval Wednesday to Shell Oil Company's application to drill oil and natural gas in the Arctic Ocean. Under the approval, Shell can start drilling exploratory wells as soon as its fleet arrives at its prospect in the Chukchi Sea, about 140 miles off Alaska's northwest coast. But the two “application to drill”s approved by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) included key restrictions that bar Shell from drilling in areas known to contain oil, since its safety equipment is not yet fully ready. The decision is a major...
  • Al Gore: Obama's Arctic Drilling Plan 'Is Insane'

    07/17/2015 11:08:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17 | Nick Gass
    Former Vice President Al Gore offered up some rare criticism of President Barack Obama’s environmental policy in a recent interview, calling for a ban on all Arctic drilling and blasting the administration’s decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to begin sinking exploratory wells in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea in the Arctic as “insane.” “I think that in his second term, he has done really quite a good job,” Gore said in an interview with The Guardian published Thursday. “Of course there are things I would change. I think Arctic drilling is insane. I think that countries around the world would...
  • The Arctic Still Isn’t ‘Ice Free’ Despite Alarmism

    07/08/2015 8:16:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/8/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    It’s been two years since former vice president Al Gore claimed the Arctic would be free of sea ice, and despite fears of a hastening polar “death spiral” earlier this year, the north pole looks like it could have near normal ice coverage this summer. After experiencing its lowest maximum sea ice extent on record, the Arctic ice coverage has rebounded and is currently within its normal 30-year range. Near the end of May 2015, experts warned the Arctic “ice extent was at daily record low levels” because of early ice melting in the Bering Sea and low ice conditions...
  • Raining lampreys: Eel-like fish drop from the air in Fairbanks

    06/03/2015 9:46:19 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 30 replies
    FAIRBANKS—Adult Arctic lampreys have fallen from the sky four times this week in Fairbanks, including at the Value Village parking lot, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. That's unusual for a fish that's seldom seen in the water up here. The Arctic lamprey is a roughly foot-long eel-like fish with a no jaw and a nightmarish looking set of teeth. This week, a live one was spotted at the Value Village on Airport Way and saved in a bucket, according to a post on the department's Facebook page (on.fb.me/1G7su0B). There have been three additional reports of lampreys...
  • 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...