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Arctic News

Highway tunnel closed by overheated reindeer in Norway

Hammerfest - Norway is experiencing unusually high summer temperatures at present and on Monday, authorities were forced to close part of a motorway in the Arctic north, after reindeer sought shady refuge in a road tunnel.

Greenpeace: 15 protestors occupy oil rig

A flurry of intense activity attests to Greenpeace's stoic resolve to bring a halt to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic, and to create a protected sanctuary around the North Pole.

World's 'Doomsday Vault' celebrates sixth birthday this week

Most people don't know where the "Doomsday vault" is located, and even fewer know what it is used for. But deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between Norway and the North Pole, is a treasure trove of seeds.

Reindeer eyes change color in winter darkness

To survive the wintery conditions in the Arctic, scientists have found that one part of an reindeer’s eyes changes color. This adaptation increases the sensitivity of the animal’s vision, helping it navigate the through the darker months.

Op-Ed: Greenpeace not the Pirates of the Arctic

Russian has dropped piracy charges against 28 Greenpeace International crew and activists. Hooliganism charges remain, and could result in prison time.

Russian court orders 8 more Greenpeace activists to jail

Murmansk - A Greenpeace group's attempt at trying to get on an oil rig in the Arctic has landed the them, along with everyone else on their ship, in jail.

New satellite data measures Arctic sea ice volume at record low

Edinburgh - Latest observations on Arctic sea ice from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Cryosat mission, presented at a symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland, last week, reveal a new record low volume of sea ice in the northern polar region.

Video: Greenpeace protest Shell at the Belgian Grand Prix

Using banners to make their point, Greenpeace activists staged a very effective protest against Shell's Arctic oil drilling at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 25.

Mercury pollution harms Arctic foxes

Arctic foxes living on a small island in the Bering Sea are being harmed due to the marine animals they eat being contaminated with mercury.

British man dies during Arctic expedition

Philip Goodeve-Docker was on an Arctic expedition, and he and two friends got into trouble when they were trekking across Greenland ice sheet.

Massive prehistoric camel roamed Arctic

Ancient, mummified camel bones were dug up from the tundra, and it is confirmed that animals developed in subfreezing forests that is now Canada's High Arctic.

Blizzard expected to hit California, go as far as Midwest

A brutal winter storm is expected to hit the US once again. Except this time, it is coming onto the west coast. After hitting California, the blizzard is expected to bring snow to the Southwest before making its way to the Midwest.

Greenland Ice Sheet melt 'unprecedented' in 2012

After 2012's unprecedented melting of Greenland's Ice Sheet, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) last week launched a new website dedicated to providing up to date satellite data and scientific analysis of what is happening in Greenland.

The Big Thaw: Permafrost thaw to cause significant Global Warming

Thawing of permafrost is expected to cause significant additional global warming, not yet accounted for in climate predictions, warn scientists attached to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a report released this week..

UN report: Arctic ice melt in 2012 larger than US land area

Doha - A new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), says that an area of Arctic sea ice larger that the area of the US melted this year. According to the UN weather agency, the effects of global climate change are playing "before our eyes."

Arctic ice cap continues record melt

New data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSDIC) reveal that Arctic ice is continuing to melt at an alarming rate. Summer ice in the Arctic may all but disappear over the next few decades, much earlier than scientists had previously predicted.

Climate activists block Shell headquarters with ice pyramid

London - Activists from Climate Justice Collective built an icy pyramid at Shell's London headquarters on Tuesday, in protest over Arctic oil drilling.

Prime Minister presents vision during tour to Canada's North

Yellowknife - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his annual week-long visit to the northern part of the country. During his tour, the Conservative leader talked about boosting the nation's military presence in the Arctic and increasing investment.

Op-Ed: Global Warming heat melts away 'denialism'

No one contests opposition to an issue. That’s how debates are framed in democratic societies. However, nothing can be more cynical than living in a fool’s paradise with an ostrich like approach to issues that threaten the survival of mankind.

Video: Reindeer races & ice-fishing in Russia's frozen north

Northern Russia is well known for its harsh climate and vast icy tundra, where residents are cut off from the rest of the country. Life is hard, but they have their fun moments too.

Op-Ed: Polar bears eating polar bears, what's new?

Anthropocentric climate change proponents suggest polar bear cannibalism is increasing due to the lack of sea ice formation and the humans causing the warming.

Russia remembers 70th anniversary of Arctic convoys

Archangel - British and Russian veterans have marked the 70th anniversary of the Arctic Convoys in the far northern city of Archangel. British, American and Canadian sailors braved the icy waters of the arctic to bring aid to the Soviet Union.

Prince Harry stranded in Arctic during fundraising trek

Prince Harry, who was in the Arctic walking with wounded soldiers, had his return home delayed after ice on the runway cracked.

Arctic on the verge of new ozone hole

New research shows that extremely cold temperatures have stripped the Arctic atmosphere of most of its protective ozone. An Arctic ozone hole could be formed for the first time and the effects could be felt as far south as New York.

Arctic blasts set to send UK temperatures down to -27c (-3f) Special

Temperatures are set to plunge again overnight tonight after one of the coldest starts to December in more than 20 years has caused chaos throughout the UK.

Experts say that the Arctic as it was may never recover

The Earth's refrigerator is fast losing its cool, with disastrous consequences for the rest of the world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its latest report on the Arctic.

Russia, Canada fight over Arctic land

Russia and Canada continue to battle over land claims in the Arctic as both nations scramble to gain evidence of rightful ownership before the decision is ultimately left with the UN.

Greenpeace boards Stena Don in bid to halt Arctic oil exploration

Greenpeace activists said they eluded tight security and gained access to the deepwater drilling ship, the Stena Don, which is anchored between Greenland and Canada in 'iceberg alley' while drilling an exploratory oil well.

Arctic explorer wakes up to find his head in polar bear's jaws

An explorer was asleep in his tent on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard when he awoke to find a polar bear had him by the head in the beginning stages of a vicious attack.

Study: Global warming pushing Arctic closer to point of no return

The latest study on the Arctic demonstrates the fragile ecosystem is more vulnerable to climate change than was previously thought.
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A glacier near Greeland  carving into a fjord
A glacier near Greeland, carving into a fjord
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Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20  2012 northwest of Barr...
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a record since surpassed.
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Unnamed glacier near northern coast of Bylot Island (at Lancaster Sound  Sirmilik National Park  Can...
Unnamed glacier near northern coast of Bylot Island (at Lancaster Sound, Sirmilik National Park, Canada).
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The massive number of walruses seen in an aerial view on Saturday  Sept. 28  2014.
The massive number of walruses seen in an aerial view on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2014.
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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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Crossing over the land-bridge known as Berringa.
Crossing over the land-bridge known as Berringa.
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Aerial view of walrus haul-out at Point Lay  Alaska on Sept. 28  2014.
Aerial view of walrus haul-out at Point Lay, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2014.
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Barbara Hillary giving a speech.
Barbara Hillary giving a speech.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hillary
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North Pole: Winter ice cover
North Pole: Winter ice cover
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A sea of ice flowers quietly floating over a thinly frozen sea in the Arctic
A sea of ice flowers quietly floating over a thinly frozen sea in the Arctic
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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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Global warming: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks - 04/23/2013.
Global warming: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks - 04/23/2013.
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Jimmy Manning  (b.1951)   Icebergs  - August  2012  digital chromogenic print. Courtesy of the Artis...
Jimmy Manning, (b.1951), "Icebergs" - August, 2012, digital chromogenic print. Courtesy of the Artist.
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The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26  2012  the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest e...
The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, 2012, the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest extent before the release of the data for September 2012.The line on the image shows the average minimum extent from the period covering 1979-2010, as measured by satellites. Every summer the Arctic ice cap melts down to what scientists call its “minimum” before colder weather builds the ice cover back up.
Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost and coastal erosion on the Beaufort Sea  Arctic Ocean  near Point ...
Rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost and coastal erosion on the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, near Point Lonely, AK. Photo Taken August, 5, 2013
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Barbara Hillary at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
Barbara Hillary at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hillary
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Donovan Wylie (b. 1971)   Untitled (14)  North Warning System 2013  - digital chromogenic print  © ...
Donovan Wylie (b. 1971), "Untitled (14), North Warning System 2013" - digital chromogenic print, © Donovan Wylie / Courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery.
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