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Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now

Ottawa - Arctic and major fishing nations, including China, announced Friday that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible.

Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change

Moscow - A boatload of tourists in the far eastern Russian Arctic thought they were seeing clumps of ice on the shore, before the jaw-dropping realisation that some 200 polar bears were roaming on the mountain slope.

Russian military to boost Arctic presence: commander

Moscow - Russia is boosting aviation infrastructure in the Arctic and will further increase its air defences there, the commander of the country's northern fleet said on Friday.

Missing Russian chopper found on Arctic seabed, eight presumed dead

Oslo - A Russian helicopter that went down off the coast of Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic this week has been found and the eight Russians on board are presumed dead, Norwegian rescue crews said on Sunday.

Search continues for Russian helicopter missing in Arctic

Oslo - Emergency services on Friday continued to search for a Russian helicopter that went down with eight people on board off the coast of Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic, Norwegian rescue crews said.

Russian helicopter crashes at sea in Arctic, 8 aboard: Norway

Oslo - A Russian helicopter with eight people on board crashed at sea in Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic on Thursday, Norwegian rescue services said, with fears growing over the fate of those on board.

Russian helicopter crashes at sea in Arctic, 8 aboard: Norway

Oslo - A Russian helicopter with eight people on board crashed at sea in Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic on Thursday, Norwegian rescue services said.The fate of those on board the helicopter was not immediately known.

Norway offers oil companies 93 new blocks in Arctic waters

Norway, a global leader on climate change, has announced plans to open up record 93 blocks for Arctic oil exploration. The new production licenses are expected to be awarded to oil companies in the first half of 2018.

Arctic peoples' climate pleas fell on deaf ears

Fairbanks - When ministers from the eight states of the Arctic and representatives of the region's native peoples met last month in Alaska, evidence of global warming was all around them.

New scrutiny of polar regions as world braces for climate shifts: UN

Geneva - Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday.

Giant viruses unearthed in Arctic ice that's at risk of melting

Scientists working in the Arctic circle over the past few decades have unearthed several massive viruses that some say could be re-awakened if the permafrost that imprisons them dissolves.

Trump to sign orders expanding drilling in Arctic and Atlantic

With one day left to rack up as many accomplishments within the first 100 days of his presidency as possible, Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that could lead to the expansion of offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans today.

Is Arctic sea ice doomed to disappear?

Paris - There's good and bad news for people, and polar bears, threatened by the Arctic's vanishing sea ice, scientists said Monday.First the good news: summer ice cover is "virtually certain" to survive if average global warming does not rise more than 1.

The answer to why the surface of ice is wet

A mystery of why ice is wet has been solved. Physicists have long been puzzled why, and the answer has come via an advanced optical microscope.

Megacities key to reaching global climate goals

Paris - The world's big cities must collectively cut their carbon footprint nearly in half within a decade if global climate goals are to be met, according to an analysis unveiled Thursday.

Canada seeking to cooperate with Russia in the Arctic

Ottawa - Despite tensions over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, Russia and the West have maintained a strong working relationship in the Arctic and Canada's new Liberal government is looking to further bolster that cooperation.

Massive cruise ship ushers new era of Arctic tourism

The largest cruise ship in Arctic history is sailing through the historic Northwest Passage, ushering in a new era of Arctic tourism. Until about a decade ago, only ships with ice-breaking capabilities were able to navigate the route even in summer.

New concerns about plastic waste in the oceans

New concerns have been raised about the impact of plastic waste dumped into the world’s oceans. A new report indicates that waste from Northern Europe, for example, will reach the Arctic within two years.

Russia unveils 'world's biggest' nuclear icebreaker

Moscow - Russia on Thursday floated out a new nuclear-powered icebreaker, said to be the world's biggest and most powerful, to be used for hauling liquefied natural gas from its Arctic terminal.

Does using sonar in the Arctic harm marine life?

As use of the Arctic region in the hunt for valuable minerals and oil continues, boats are using sonar to avoid icebergs. Does this technology harm marine life?

Russia unveils new navy icebreaker in Arctic military focus

Sanktpeterburg - Russia on Friday floated a new icebreaker for its navy, the first in about 45 years, in a further sign of Moscow's growing military focus on the Arctic.

Oil spill tests on ice prove Arctic quests risky

Tornio - The skimmer is lowered from the rear of the icebreaker, its weight pushing massive pieces of ice under the water and forcing the spilt oil up to the surface, where the sticky black goo can be sucked up.

Northern Lights strike back at Arctic drilling

Troms - A case of nature protecting itself? The Northern Lights are interfering with Arctic drilling operations by affecting the equipment.

U.S., Mediterranean face extreme warming: study

Paris - Once the world as a whole has warmed by two degrees Celsius, top temperatures in the United States and Mediterranean basin will have climbed by even more, according to a study released Wednesday.A global 2C (3.

Two killed, several injured in Norway Arctic avalanche

Oslo - An avalanche in the Svalbard archipelago in the heart of the Norwegian Arctic claimed a second life Sunday as a child died from injuries sustained in the disaster, medical authorities said.

One killed, several injured in Norwegian Arctic avalanche

Oslo - One person was killed and nine injured on Saturday after an avalanche buried about 10 houses on the Svalbard archipelago in the heart of the Norwegian Arctic, local officials said.

Warming opens famed Northwest Passage to navigation

Pelly Bay - Beneath the Aurora Borealis an oil tanker glides through the night past the Coast Guard ice breaker Amundsen and vanishes into the maze of shoals and straits of the Northwest Passage, navigating waters that for millennia were frozen over this time of y...

Freedom is a bike, for migrants crossing Arctic border

Kirkenes - Pedalling a bicycle through a freezing blizzard, Rehman finally crosses the border between Russia and Norway where he hopes to be given asylum, half a world away from his home in Pakistan."It's snowing.

Russia's role in Arctic migrant route questioned

Kirkenes - An increasingly popular route for migrants across Russia and into Norway has Oslo angered and worried as winter approaches, while commentators suspect Moscow is deliberately creating problems for its neighbour.

Russia builds massive Arctic military base

Moscow - 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.
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Nuclear icebreaker NS 50 Let Pobedy escorting the Beluga Fraternity and Beluga Foresight through the...
Nuclear icebreaker NS 50 Let Pobedy escorting the Beluga Fraternity and Beluga Foresight through the Northern Sea Route in the summer of 2009.
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Sea ice hits record lows for November 2016.
Sea ice hits record lows for November 2016.
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Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
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White-rumped sandpiper chicks on northern Canada s Bylot Island.
White-rumped sandpiper chicks on northern Canada's Bylot Island.
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Barbara Hillary at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
Barbara Hillary at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
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With the launch of CryoSat-2  ESA s so-called Ice Mission  data of unprecedented precision is now av...
With the launch of CryoSat-2, ESA's so-called Ice Mission, data of unprecedented precision is now available on the rate of sea and land ice melting.
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The Northern Sea Route is defined as going from  the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean  running al...
The Northern Sea Route is defined as going from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, running along the Russian Arctic coast from Murmansk on the Barents Sea, along Siberia, to the Bering Strait and Far East.
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First leg of the 2017 Arctic Spring Campaign took the crew over Ellesmere Island.
First leg of the 2017 Arctic Spring Campaign took the crew over Ellesmere Island.
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Global warming: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks - 04/23/2013.
Global warming: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks - 04/23/2013.
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Barbara Hillary giving a speech.
Barbara Hillary giving a speech.
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On March 22  Operation IceBridge flew a mission to survey the ice sheet and underlying bedrock of no...
On March 22, Operation IceBridge flew a mission to survey the ice sheet and underlying bedrock of northern Greenland. This is an image of the Leidy Glacier near the beginning of the survey line. Photo by Nathan Kurtz/NASA.
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A bird s eye view of the wreck of the Maud  taken last year with the help of a kite. Norwegian explo...
A bird's eye view of the wreck of the Maud, taken last year with the help of a kite. Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen explored the far north in the vessel from 1918 to 1920.
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Image of Arctic sea ice taken by  NASA Goddard researcher Linette Boisvert of the holes and openings...
Image of Arctic sea ice taken by NASA Goddard researcher Linette Boisvert of the holes and openings in the sea ice cover that expose the warm ocean below where more heat and moisture are put into the atmosphere, helping to warm the Arctic.
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A map showing the location of Maud.
A map showing the location of Maud.
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Dan Hodkinson  a field operations manager with NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office  and othe...
Dan Hodkinson, a field operations manager with NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office, and other NASA researchers hike to remote locations to measure the condition of vegetation in the Arctic tundra of Canada’s Northwest Territories. The ground measurements will be used to validate satellite data.
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HMS Terror thrown up by the ice. Engraving after a drawing by Captain George Back (1796–1878)
HMS Terror thrown up by the ice. Engraving after a drawing by Captain George Back (1796–1878)
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