By Meteor Blades British adventurer/explorer Ben Saunders spent a lot of time in the Arctic. On foot. Hauling his stuff behind him. He started in 2001. After three years, he could give a firsthand report that the Arctic was getting warmer. In May 2004, he gave up a ski trip from Russia via the North Pole […]
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By Meteor Blades Today, President Obama will begin his three-day trip to Alaska. In an Aug. 13 video released by the White House, the trip was billed as a climate-change visit. It will include a trek across the ice of the rapidly retreating Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park and a visit to Kotzebue, […]
Well, it’s been a good week for oil companies. After two years of delays, the Obama administration has approved oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
You’ll be relieved to know that there will be no environmental impact from the planned exploitation of 30 million acres of stormy, icy, dangerous waters off the coast of Alaska.
First rule of being a criminal: Don’t ever call in the cops. You might not like what they have to say.
With record cold temperatures in Europe, we’re once again hearing the guffaws of the deniers: “If it’s supposed to be global warming, how come it’s so cold?” The answer is complicated, but the following is a summary of research that shows how cold anomalies can form regionally, even when the planet as a whole is […]
Climate change is happening NOW. And global warming is not something we need to worry about 100 years in the future. The results are visible today. And it’s quiet possible there’s no going back. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is out with its 2010 update on the Arctic environment (PDF), and the news […]
For the first time in over 50 years Arctic waters will be the subject of a mapping expedition. What I want to know is, why? Arctic ice has been receding at a rapid and alarming rate over the past decade. We’ve seen the Northwest Passage open for the first time in recorded and memorable history, […]
As more shipping—ranging from container vessels to oil tankers to cruise ships—is using Arctic waters, the risk of major oil spillages increases but the actual incidence of minor spills resulting from trimming vessels or flushing tanks is growing and remains largely unreported by shipping lines.
The Northwest Passage is opening up. As Arctic ice melts, the shipping season will grow, and with it, the pressures on the fragile Arctic ecosystem.
Neglecting its responsibility to protect & preserve the fragile Arctic ecosystem, Russia is planning to use floating nuclear reactors to power its oil drilling efforts in the region.
Russia’s Security Council has authorized the creation of an Arctic special forces military to be deployed by the year 2020 to protect their interests in the Far North as new sources of natural resources become more available due to the decrease in ice cover.
President Bush has urged Senators to initiate legal procedures to stakes claim to the natural resources of the Arctic region.
Study finds melting ice in the Arctic and longer droughts in the Southwest indicate earlier projections have underestimated the climatic shifts that will take place by the end of the century.
“Thanks to global warming, we’ve almost defeated the iceberg menace!”
By claiming the Lomonosov Ridge as Russian territory, Russia has claimed the Arctic seabed up until the North Pole, effectively planting a Russian flag on the vast oil, gas, and diamond reserves in this ecologically-sensitive region of the world.