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  • Video: USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces at the Arctic circle for ICEX 2016

    03/20/2016 8:53:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies ^ | March 20, 2016 | By Mike Goad
    New video of submarine surfacing through ice. ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 10, 2016) USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces in the Arctic Circle near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. Servicemembers and civilians assigned to Arctic Submarine Lab clear ice from the hatches to allow for surface access.ICEX is a five-week exercise designed to research, test, and evaluate operational capabilities in the region. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson and Staff Sgt. LINKUSS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces at the Arctic circle for ICEX 2016
  • Shell’s Arctic Ambitions Held Up In Seattle

    05/06/2015 7:54:23 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies ^ | 06-05-2015 | The Balvenie
    Shell’s ambitious plans to finally return to the Arctic face yet another hurdle, one that could delay drilling once again. Shell is using the port of Seattle as its base for some of its vessels that it will use in the Arctic. Seattle has been a launching point for Shell in the past (and has hosted Alaskan drilling equipment for decades), but a new greener municipal government is taking a harder look at Shell’s operations. Spurred on by Shell’s error-ridden 2012 campaign in the Arctic that culminated in the grounding of the Kulluk, environmental groups have mustered up some political...
  • Anaheim's new ARTIC: icon or eyesore?

    11/24/2014 10:36:15 AM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 24, 2014 | Art Marroquin
    ANAHEIM – By day, county Supervisor Shawn Nelson sees a sand crab when he drives past the new transit hub in his district. By night, he thinks “disco roller rink” when colorful lights illuminate the building. “I don’t think this is what the taxpayers had in mind,” said Nelson, who is also board chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority. Many local architects, however, call the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, set to open Dec. 6., a modern marvel and the future of transportation.
  • NUNAVIK'S LOG BOOK (Via the Northwest Passage 2014)

    10/25/2014 1:40:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies ^ | October 17, 2014 | Ship's Log
    NUNAVIK'S LOG BOOK October 17, 2014 ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION The MV Nunavik recently completed its historic voyage through the Northwest Passage. We wish to thank:  Captain Randy Rose and his crew for their safe and efficient navigation; Tim Keane and Gary Bishop for eloquently sharing this adventure with us;  valued customer, Canadian Royalties; our Fednav Arctic team in Montreal; and our faithful readers. This project has been a memorable one for us all, thank you for following our journey. Your friends at Fednav
  • ‘The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed’

    09/01/2014 8:29:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies ^ | August 30, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    The headline is a quote by Dr. Judith Curry from a David Rose article in the Sunday Mail: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago…despite Al Gore’s prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now. The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his...
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy Confuses Arctic with Antarctic at Global Warming Debate

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

    02/04/2013 10:46:37 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 4, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Image from – comedy added by WUWTFrom NPR: The Inconvenient Truth About Polar BearsIn 2008, reports of polar bears’ inevitable march toward extinction gripped headlines. Stories of thinning Arctic ice and even polar bear cannibalism combined to make these predators into a powerful symbol in the debate about climate change.The headlines caught Zac Unger’s attention, and he decided to write a book about the bears.Unger made a plan to move to Churchill, Manitoba, a flat, gray place on the Hudson Bay in northern Canada accessible only by train or plane. For a few months out of the year,...
  • Opinion: War over the Arctic?

    08/03/2012 8:20:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    The Record ^ | 08.02.12 | Gwynne Dyer
    RUSSIAN television contacted me last night asking me to go on a program about the race for Arctic resources. The ice is melting fast, and it was all the usual stuff about how there will be big strategic conflicts over the seabed resources – especially oil and gas – that become accessible when it’s gone. The media always love conflict, and now that the Cold War is long gone, there’s no other potential military confrontation between the great powers to worry about. Governments around the Arctic Ocean are beefing up their armed forces for the coming struggle, so where are...
  • Was the Northeast Passage first navigated in 1660? ( reduced Arctic sea ice then??)

    02/14/2012 6:45:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Whats up With That? ^ | February 13, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    If true, it suggests periods of reduced Arctic sea ice during that time that made this feat possible.Reposted from the blog Ecotretas with permission A graphical comparison between the North East Passage (blue) and an alternative route through Suez Canal (red) David Melgueiro, a Portuguese navigator, might have been the first to navigate the Northeast Passage (known now as Northern Sea Route), between 1660 and 1662, more than 200 years before Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld, who did it ​​in 1878. One of the most detailed accounts for this voyage is given by Eduardo Brazão in The Corte-Real family and the New...
  • The awe-inspiring and breathtaking pictures of life and survival on our melting polar worlds

    10/15/2011 1:39:23 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 15th 2011 | Craig Mackenzie
    These stunning images reveal a remarkable glimpse of life at the ends of the earth. Our melting polar worlds have been captured in breathtaking pictures by the BBC for this autumn's landmark natural history series Frozen Planet. It is the last chance to see the world's greatest wildernesses before they change forever, according to narrator Sir David Attenborough. 'The pictures captured behaviour and phenomena that had never before been recorded,' said Sir David, 85. 'Those pictures will become increasingly valuable as time passes. 'For this may well prove to be our last chance to record, in their full splendour, these...
  • Russia Pushes To Claim Arctic As Its Own

    08/18/2011 10:12:57 PM PDT · by americanophile · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | August 16, 2011 | David Greene
    Four years ago, Russian researchers made a bold, if unseen, move. From a submarine, deep beneath the icy waters of the North Pole, they planted a Russian flag on the ocean floor. Russia has the world's longest Arctic border, which stretches more than 10,000 miles. And for Russia, that 2007 research mission was only the beginning of a major drive to claim ownership of vast portions of the Arctic, as well as the oil and gas deposits that are beneath. At present, Russia has some islands in the Arctic Ocean. But aside from that, the country's northern border effectively ends...
  • Ancient natural global warming ( Studies from the Artic )

    02/27/2011 1:27:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 27, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Arctic environment during an ancient bout of natural global warmingScientists are unravelling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming. Newly published results from a high-resolution study of sediments collected on Spitsbergen represent a significant contribution to this endeavour. The study was led by Dr Ian Harding and Prof John Marshall of the University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES), based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.Around 56 million years ago there was a period of global warming called the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), during which global sea...
  • Ocean ridges and climate models

    02/04/2011 11:43:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 4, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    The Greenland-Scotland Ridge looms like a great undersea barrier, stretching from East Greenland to Iceland and the Faroe Islands, and across to Scotland. The Denmark Strait is a critical checkpoint through which cold, fresher waters from northern seas flow across the ridge into the the main body of the North Atlantic Ocean. (Illustration by E. Paul Oberlander, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)From USGS, who is now apparently in the climate business, because mapping and earthquakes are sooo 20th century.  New Discoveries Improve Climate ModelsUnderwater Ridges Impact Ocean’s Flow of Warm WaterNew discoveries on how underwater ridges impact the ocean’s circulation system...
  • New paleo reconstruction shows warmer periods in Alaska over the past 3000 years

    01/29/2011 6:52:36 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 29, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    For those worried about tundra melt and methane outgassing, this study might dampen those worries a bit. A new peer-reviewed study by Clegg et al. demonstrates that modern global warming is significantly less than the global warming experienced in the higher latitudes, specifically Alaska, during the summers of the last 3,000 years. It demonstrate that the Current Warm Period (CWP) is not unprecedented, at least for Alaska. The authors suggest a tie in to solar variability.From CO2 science:What was done The authors conducted a high-resolution analysis of midge assemblages found in the sediments of Moose Lake (61°22.45′N, 143°35.93′W) in the...
  • Where polar bears might go if climate change doesn't slow ( More Research ....UGH!)

    12/17/2010 2:25:53 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 16, 2010 | Pete Spotts, Staff writer
    If climate change leads to ice collecting in one general area in the Arctic Ocean, it might be enough to provide a last 'refuge' for many Arctic inhabitants, including polar bears. Polar bears are shown in this undated photograph from UCLA released to Reuters on Nov. 23.By midcentury, the northern islands of Canada and the north coast of Greenland may represent the only remaining region in the Arctic where polar bears and the marine animals that sustain them can survive if greenhouse-gas emissions continue to climb at anywhere near their current levels. Alan D. Wilson/ReutersBy midcentury, the northern islands of...
  • Ships Take to Arctic Ocean as Sea Ice Melts

    09/28/2010 8:34:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 16 replies · 2+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | Sep 28, 2010
    Ships Take to Arctic Ocean as Sea Ice Melts Updated 9:00 AM CDT, Tue, Sep 28, 2010 The search for the Northwest Passage was once the preserve of explorers hoping to find a lucrative new trade route linking Europe with the Far East. Now the decline in the amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean is turning their failed dream into a reality. Between 1906 and 2006 only 69 ships made the journey but in 2009 alone 24 vessels made the journey, according to Canadian maritime law expert Michael Byers, Germany's Der Spiegel newspaper reported. Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grímsson...
  • Once-powerful navy is 'desperate for new ships'

    06/05/2010 11:46:22 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 694+ views
    The Victoria Times Colonist ^ | June 5, 2010 | Richard Foot
    For many wartime veterans, the navy's 100th anniversary this year comes with mixed emotions. They recall the pride and fondness Canadians once held for the navy in the decades after the Second World War, but are deeply saddened by the state of the navy today -- not only its declining capability and its neglect by Ottawa, but its irrelevance for so many Canadians at a time when the army, and its mission in Afghanistan, dominate the headlines. "I don't think half of Canada knows anything about the navy's history," says veteran Ted Paxton, "and while the modern navy hasn't been...
  • As Warming Melts Arctic Ice, U.S. Navy Races to Control New Territory

    02/02/2010 8:35:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 1,090+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | February 1, 2010 5:00 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    U.S. Navy plans a carrot and stick approach for resource rivals, while trying to internally do its part to combat climate changeThe warming of our world is melting the ice that traditionally has covered the Arctic raising the prospect of the first mostly ice-free Arctic summer in centuries.  This offers some benefits -- access to new underwater resources, shipping routes, and faster travel routes.  However, it also offers a greatly heightened risk of territorial conflicts. Five nations are competing heavily for the resource of the Arctic -- the United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark, and China.  A number of others are...
  • Russia to launch Arctic Sea shelf mission

    10/31/2009 11:07:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 391+ views
    CBC News ^ | Friday, October 30, 2009 | 11:33 AM ET
    Russia is planning extensive research to help uphold its claim to the energy-rich Arctic Sea shelf, which the country believes is an extension of the Eurasian continent, an official says.At a conference in Moscow Friday, Andrei Smirnov of the state-run company Atomflot said Russia is planning icebreaker missions in the Arctic over the next three years to conduct a detailed geological analysis of the seabed.The mission will kick off with an atomic-powered icebreaker and a research ship travelling to the Arctic next summer, Smirnov said.
  • One killed, 8 injured in copter crash on Navy ship

    10/23/2009 3:47:37 AM PDT · by csvset · 11 replies · 1,509+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 23, 2009 | Lauren King
    VIRGINIA BEACH One person was killed and eight others were injured when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a Navy ship during joint training with the Army. The services were doing "fast rope" exercises 20 nautical miles off Fort Story about 8 p.m. Thursday, sliding down a rope from helicopters and landing on the fast combat support ship Arctic, when one of the Army helicopters made a hard landing, said Capt. Cate Mueller, a Navy spokeswoman. It was unclear whether the injured were from the Navy, the Army or both. A Navy news release this morning says that members of...
  • Canada watching Russian Arctic moves closely

    07/31/2009 11:00:30 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 17 replies · 721+ views
    AP ^ | Jul 31, 2009
    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) - Canada's defense minister said Friday the Canadian government is closely watching Russian plans to drop paratroopers in the Arctic next April. Defense Minister Peter MacKay said any country approaching Canadian airspace will be met by Canadians. MacKay didn't give any specifics on what Canada will do in April, but he said Canada is prepared to protect its borders. A Russian general announced plans this week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first parachute drop at the North Pole by sending paratroopers to the same site. Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway have...
  • Russian strategic bombers complete Arctic patrol mission

    06/17/2009 8:16:17 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 13 replies · 1,134+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 17/06/2009
    MOSCOW, June 17 (RIA Novosti) - Two Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the Arctic, an Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday. Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said the bombers had spent over 12 hours in flight and were shadowed by two British Tornado and two Norwegian F-16 fighters. Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-president Vladimir Putin. All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without...
  • Russia intends to form group of forces in Arctic

    03/27/2009 2:08:13 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 8 replies · 502+ views
    Interfax ^ | 06:54 GMT, Mar 27, 2009 | ar nb
    MOSCOW. March 27 (Interfax) - Russia intends to form a group of forces in the Arctic region in order to ensure state military security, which is provided in the strategy of Russia's policy in the Arctic region in the period to 2020 and beyond. "As to the sphere of military security and the protection of the Russian state border, a group of general purpose forces of the Russian Armed Forces, other troops, military units and agencies, primarily border agencies, should be created in Russia's Arctic zone, which are capable to guarantee military security in different military and political situations," the...
  • Heaviest Snow In Twenty Years Hits UK, Europe

    02/02/2009 6:49:55 AM PST · by Stevenc131 · 21 replies · 1,133+ views
    The heaviest snowfall in 20 years closed thousands of schools and caused transportation chaos up the eastern side of Britain, with London and the surrounding areas the hardest hit. Six million bus passengers were stranded as all London's bus services were halted because of dangerous driving conditions, and almost every subway line was at least partially suspended. Most commuter rail services were also cancelled or seriously delayed, and flights at London's airports were decimated, with both of Heathrow's runways shut, Luton and London City closed, and Gatwick and Stansted flights subject to delays and short-notice cancellations. Similar conditions were reported...
  • Are We Entering Era of Global Cooling Alarmism?

    01/19/2009 7:10:51 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 27 replies · 5,207+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | January 19, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Pity the poor global warming alarmists such as Al Gore, James Hansen of NASA, and the Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen. They went way out on the limb in promoting the absolute certainity of global warming and now Mother Nature is sawing it off behind them with the coldest weather in decades. To spare themselves complete embarrassment, you might have noticed that many media outlets and global warming promoters are backing off from that term and are now using "climate change" more frequently. Last Friday, one of the big global warming promoters on the Huffington Post, Kevin Grandia, publicly struggled over...
  • 'We have only four years left to act on climate change - America has to lead'(Gag Alert)

    01/19/2009 7:06:33 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies · 1,261+ views ^ | Jan. 18, 2008 | Robin McKie
    Jim Hansen is the 'grandfather of climate change' and one of the world's leading climatologists. In this rare interview in New York, he explains why President Obama's administration is the last chance to avoid flooded cities, species extinction and climate catastropheRobin McKie, science editor The Observer, Sunday 18 January 2009 Article historyAlong one wall of Jim Hansen's wood-panelled office in upper Manhattan, the distinguished climatologist has pinned 10 A4-sized photographs of his three grandchildren: Sophie, Connor and Jake. They are the only personal items on display in an office otherwise dominated by stacks of manila folders, bundles of papers and...
  • Obama Talks Global Warming to Shivering Crowd

    01/18/2009 6:22:02 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 38 replies · 1,851+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | 1/17/09 | Marc Sheppard
    In the first speech of his "whistle-stop" tour to Washington, Barack Obama talked global warming to a crowd of shivering Philadelphians who braved 18 degree (sub 10 degree wind-chill) temperatures on their journey to the 30th Street Train Station. It's hard to believe that, given the arctic-like temperatures the northeast has suffered through this winter, the president-elect didn't instruct his writers to reword this passage from his "historic" speech: [my emphasis] "Only a handful of times in our history has a generation been confronted with challenges so vast. An economy that is
  • Waxman promises quick action on climate

    01/15/2009 8:54:23 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 139 replies · 4,655+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 1/15/09 | Associated Press Writer H. Josef Heber
    California Rep. Henry Waxman said Thursday the environment and U.S. economy depend on congressional action to confront the threat of climate change. Waxman, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, spoke as he opened Congress' first hearing on climate legislation. A group of 14 corporate
  • Late Night Global Warming Vanity

    12/15/2008 10:09:34 PM PST · by Lilpug15 · 90 replies · 6,728+ views
    Self | 12/16/08 | Misc.
    A report about why global warming due to carbon dioxide is flawed hypothesis based off of crappy math models. Some of these guys are from the UN's IPCC who left because they so strongly disagreed. Oh, also to give you an idea of how many scientists that is compared to those who think global warming is occurring thanks to carbon dioxide: "The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers. " Here's the link to where these quotes come from: Here...
  • California Set to Adopt Sweeping Global Warming Plan

    12/11/2008 7:42:36 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 61 replies · 1,670+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/11/08
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's utilities, refineries and large factories must transform their operations to cut greenhouse gas emissions as part of a new climate plan before state regulators. On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board was expected to adopt what would be the nation's most sweeping global warming plan, outlining for the first time how individuals and businesses would meet a landmark 2006 law that made the state a leader on global climate change. It would hold California's worst polluters accountable for the heat-trapping emissions they produce _ transforming how people travel, utilities generate power and businesses use electricity. At...
  • Snow falling in New Orleans

    12/11/2008 6:47:16 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 76 replies · 3,114+ views ^ | 12/11/08 |
    <p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Snow is falling in the New Orleans area.</p> <p>The National Weather Service says a mixture of sleet and snow is falling Thursday morning from Baton Rouge east across much of southeastern Louisiana.</p> <p>The winter weather closed some schools and created hazardous driving conditions.</p>
  • Rare 50 year Arctic Blast Sets Sights On Southern California.

    12/08/2008 1:13:10 PM PST · by JohnJeykis · 129 replies · 5,736+ views
    OWSweather ^ | December 8, 2008 | OWSweather - Unknown author
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - December 8, 2008 ( Rare 50 year Arctic Blast Sets Sights On Southern California. With a week away, and a sure sign of things to come, is making preparations on the server to handle the traffic from this next event. UJEAS is in line with the majority if not all the other models in keeping a near historical arctic air mass into the Southern California region. With a warm November, Southern California is finally ready for cold storms to make their way in. Resort level snow will be likely next week, and in pretty hefty amounts...
  • President Medvedev threatens Russian Arctic annexation

    09/17/2008 2:08:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 207+ views ^ | September 18, 2008 | Tony Halpin
    Russia triggered a fresh scramble for the oil wealth of the Arctic yesterday after President Dmitri Medvedev called on security chiefs to establish a formal border in the region. Mr Medvedev laid claim to a vast tranche of the Arctic, telling his National Security Council that it had "strategic importance" for Russia. Estimates suggest that the polar region contains billions of tons of oil and gas reserves, which are increasingly accessible as global warming melts the ice cap. "We must wrap up all the formalities for drawing the external border in the continental shelf. This is our direct responsibility to...
  • From Wasilla to the White House? [BBC On Sarah Palin]

    08/30/2008 2:07:43 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 22 replies · 234+ views
    BBC ^ | 08/30/08 | Alli Reed
    Mr McCain's nomination of Mrs Palin, currently governor of Alaska, sent shockwaves through the US electorate. For a moment on Friday morning US media pundits seemed stunned, scrambling to paint a picture of this virtually unknown newcomer to the national scene. The governor of the largest and least densely-populated US state became the focus of the nation. Even the Alaskan media was caught off-guard. "I was in the middle of our morning newscast when the producers said in my ear that it was going to be her," said Matthew Simon, senior reporter at the CBS News affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska....
  • North Pole control will be decided in orderly way: Arctic countries

    05/28/2008 8:22:30 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 4 replies · 58+ views
    Cnews ^ | 5/28/08 | Jan M. Olsen
    Michael Byers, professor of global politics and international law at the University of British Columbia, said Ottawa should pay closer attention to co-operation with its Arctic neighbours and not engage in "conflict and heated rhetoric." Byers said Canada cannot back up strong words with the hardware needed to assert sovereignty in the North. Byers and other critics say Canada's surveillance and control of the North falls short, even with Ottawa's recent plans for a bigger military presence. Norway, the United States, Denmark and Russia also have claims in the vast region. Denmark is gathering scientific evidence to show that the...
  • Russia accused of annexing the Arctic for oil reserves by Canada

    05/17/2008 8:17:46 PM PDT · by Flavius · 22 replies · 51+ views
    telegraph ^ | 5/18 | telegraph
    e battle for "ownership" of the polar oil reserves has accelerated with the disclosure that Russia has sent a fleet of nuclear-powered ice breakers into the Arctic. It has reinforced fears that Moscow intends to annex "unlawfully" a vast portion of the ice-covered Arctic, beneath which scientists believe up to 10 billion tons of gas and oil could be buried. Russian ambition for control of the Arctic has provoked Canada to double to $40 million (£20.5 million) funding for work to map the Arctic seabed in support its claim over the territory. The Russian ice breakers patrol huge areas of...
  • Major Arctic sea ice melt is expected this summer

    05/04/2008 10:45:34 AM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies · 46+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-2-08 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON - The Arctic will remain on thinning ice, and climate warming is expected to begin affecting the Antarctic also, scientists said Friday. "The long-term prognosis is not very optimistic," atmospheric scientist Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University said at a briefing. Last summer sea ice in the North shrank to a record low, a change many attribute to global warming. But while solar radiation and amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are similar at the poles, to date the regions have responded differently, with little change in the South, explained oceanographer James Overland of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
  • U.S. firm lays claim to 'potentially vast' Arctic oil resources[400Bil Barrels]

    03/26/2008 5:29:48 PM PDT · by BGHater · 37 replies · 1,381+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 21 Mar 2008 | Randy Boswell
    U.S. firm lays claim to nearly all of what it says will be 400 billion barrels A U.S.-based company that has controversially laid claim to nearly all of the Arctic Ocean's undersea oil said yesterday that new geological data suggest a "potentially vast" petroleum resource of 400 billion barrels. That figure is backed by a respected Canadian researcher who recently signed on as the firm's chief scientific adviser. Las Vegas-based Arctic Oil & Gas has raised eyebrows around the world with its roll-of-the-dice bid to lock up exclusive rights to extract oil and gas from rapidly melting areas of the...
  • Doomsday seedbank to be opened on Arctic island

    02/24/2008 10:16:04 PM PST · by americanophile · 9 replies · 5,139+ views
    The Tech Herald ^ | 2/25/2008 | Rich Bowden
    On a windswept Arctic island 1000 kms from the North Pole, a group of Norwegian engineers and scientists have been constructing a gigantic seed bank inside a frozen mountain. To be managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, a group dedicated to the ongoing diversity of plants through a variety of genetic strains, the International Seed Bank will open this week. Known as the Doomsday vault, the seed bank has the capacity to hold 4.5 million batches of seeds from all known varieties of the planet's main food crops -- more than "...twice as many varieties of agricultural crops as...
  • Polar bear habitat at center of Alaska drilling debate

    02/04/2008 2:01:37 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 54 replies · 531+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 5, 2008 edition | Brad Knickerbocker | Staff writer
    On thin ice: Environmentalists say polar bears like these in northern Alaska will be in danger if the US allows sales of new drilling leases in the Chukchi Sea, set to begin Wednesday. steve amstrup/ap/u.s. fish and wildlife service/file One lawsuit aims to halt Wednesday's lease sales in the Chukchi Sea. Another would contest any listing of the polar bear as 'threatened.' Page 1 of 2 The political fight over offshore oil and gas drilling in Alaska intensifies this week.Native Alaskans and environmentalists have filed a suit to prevent the federal government's sale of drilling leases in Alaska's Chukchi...
  • U.S. close to decision on polar bears

    02/03/2008 12:41:10 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies · 337+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 3, 2008 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    It could be the first species to be listed as threatened with extinction primarily because of global warming. Associated Press A polar bear mother and her two cubs are shown in Wapusk National Park on the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada in this Nov. 6, 2007 file photo.********************************************** The Bush administration is nearing a decision that would officially acknowledge the environmental damage of global warming, and name its first potential victim: the polar bear. The Interior Department may act as soon as this week on its year-old proposal to make the polar bear the first species to...
  • (MN Gov) Pawlenty may join Steeger on trip to Arctic

    10/28/2007 1:20:45 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 37 replies · 88+ views ^ | 10/28/07 |
    Famed explorer Will Steger says Governor Pawlenty may join him on a trip to the Arctic in a mission to better understand climate change. Steger is setting off for the northernmost tip of the Canadian Arctic in the spring. He says after months of meetings and discussion, he and Pawlenty are close to finalizing arrangements for the governor to join the expedition. Pawlenty says nothing has been confirmed but that he is discussing the possibility of meeting up with Steger for several days in May. Steger says Pawlenty wants to see the Arctic and its melting ice caps first hand....
  • Competing Claims Over Arctic Region

    09/16/2007 7:15:21 PM PDT · by kellynla · 2 replies · 125+ views ^ | August 8, 2007 | staff
    TORONTO -- Canada's prime minister began a three-day trip to the Arctic on Wednesday in an effort to assert sovereignty over the region a week after Russia symbolically staked a claim to the North Pole by sending submarines. Although Stephen Harper's visit has been planned for months, it has taken on new importance since the Russian subs dove 2 1/2 miles to the Arctic shelf and planted their country's flag in a titanium capsule. "The Russians sent a submarine to drop a small flag at the bottom of the ocean. We're sending our prime minister to reassert Canadian sovereignty," a...
  • Canadian Navy tries to improve image of sub fleet with Artic trip

    08/27/2007 8:55:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies · 875+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | August 26, 2007 | TARA BRAUTIGAM
    Successful trip to Arctic seen as key step in boosting image of Cda's subs Published: Sunday, August 26, 2007 | 6:26 PM ET Canadian Press: TARA BRAUTIGAM HMCS CORNER BROOK (CP) - The crew aboard HMCS Corner Brook, hoping to leave behind a fatal disaster aboard its sister submarine three years ago, have returned home in a bid to instill public confidence in Canada's much-maligned submarine program. The 59 men and women on board Canada's only operational submarine want to move on from the shadow of the HMCS Chicoutimi fire that has haunted them since it claimed one of their...
  • Cellucci: Canada should control Northwest Passage

    08/19/2007 10:21:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 892+ views
    CTVglobemedia ^ | Sun. Aug. 19 2007 11:01 AM ET | News Staff
    The former U.S. ambassador to Canada says that before leaving his position in 2005, he told his officials in the State Department that Washington should re-examine its territorial claims to the main Arctic waterway. Canada claims the Northwest Passage, but the United States says the waters are international. Paul Cellucci, in an interview with CTV's Question Period, said he raised the issue with the State Department and mentioned it to his successor in Ottawa, current ambassador David Wilkins. "I think in the age of terror, it's in our security interest for the Northwest Passage to be part of Canada," Cellucci told...
  • Denmark Maps Arctic Ridge in Claim Race

    08/10/2007 12:42:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 421+ views ^ | Aug 10 10:07 AM US/Eastern | DOUG MELLGRENAssociated Press Writer
    OSLO, Norway (AP) - Danish scientists head for the Arctic ice pack on Sunday seeking evidence to position Denmark in a race to claim the potentially vast oil and other resources of the North Pole region. Russia sent two small submarines to plant a tiny national flag under the North Pole last week. Canada, the United States and Norway also have competing claims in the vast Arctic region, where a U.S. study suggests as much as 25 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and gas could be hidden. The monthlong Danish expedition will seek evidence that the Lomonosov Ridge, a...
  • Russia stakes its claim on North Pole in underwater search for oil(gazprom's new frontier?)

    07/28/2007 8:22:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1,133+ views
    Times Online ^ | 07/28/07 | Tony Halpin
    July 28, 2007 Russia stakes its claim on North Pole in underwater search for oil Tony Halpin in Moscow Russia is making an audacious grab for the vast energy riches of the Arctic with an underwater mission to plant its flag beneath the North Pole. A team of explorers plans to descend 4,300 metres (1,400ft) to the seabed in a miniature submarine tomorrow to stake Russia’s claim to an area of ocean the size of Western Europe. The polar expedition aims to prove that the Lomonosov Ridge, an underwater shelf that runs through the Arctic, is an extension of Russian...
  • Canada 'to reclaim Arctic waters' ( Hope for Global Warming to remove ICE)

    07/10/2007 9:32:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies · 914+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 10 July 2007, 10:57 GMT 11:57 UK | Ian Gunn BBC News, Vancouver
    Canada 'to reclaim Arctic waters' By Ian Gunn BBC News, Vancouver Stephen Harper says it is time to re-assert a claim to the north Canada has announced plans for six naval patrol vessels and a deep-water port in the north to assert its claim to territorial waters in the Arctic. Other countries, including the US, say the waters are international territory. The $3bn (£1.5bn) announcement at Canada's Pacific naval base comes in part to fulfil an election promise. Ottawa also sees economic potential in protecting its claim to the Arctic, as the area is thought to be rich in...
  • 3 days of minus 20 on an Arctic ice floe [where's the Global Warming?]

    05/18/2007 12:00:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies · 1,760+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 16, 2007 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
    Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean — FOR three days in March I camped on a drifting slab of ice, 200 miles north of Alaska, as close as I'd ever get to the top of the world and to knowing what it would be like to live on an ice cube. The cold crept through my boots and socks, into my toes and up my legs. It numbed my fingers and face and froze the moisture in my eyes. It swept into my lungs. My shelter was a plywood shack, which I shared with five men whom I seldom saw. Beneath us,...
  • No Arctic oil drilling? How about selling parks?

    09/23/2005 11:46:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies · 841+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/23/5 | Zachary Coile
    Pombo hopes threat will boost bid to tap refuge's resources. Washington -- House Resources chairman Richard Pombo is circulating a draft of a bill that would sell 15 national parks and require the National Park Service to raise millions of dollars by selling the naming rights to visitors' centers and trails. Pombo's spokesman said the proposal, written by Pombo's House Resources Committee staff, is intended only to influence lawmakers to support an item in the budget bill that would permit oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If drilling continues to be banned in the refuge, Pombo's staff argued,...