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Arctic ice declining faster than predicted by most climate models

Arctic sea-ice is decreasing more quickly than previous models suggested, and this is happening in conjunction with a rise in global surface warming, according to new research. This is because Arctic warming is occurring faster than the global average.

HMS Terror shipwreck offers up secrets of lost Arctic expedition

Ottawa - Almost two centuries after descending to its watery grave, the HMS Terror could offer up new clues to its demise -- and solve one of the most enduring mysteries in the history of Arctic discovery.

Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

Moscow - Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region.

Greenland isn't for sale but it is increasingly valuable

Washington - President Donald Trump's reported wish to buy Greenland may have been rejected by Denmark, but it underscores the rapidly rising value of the massive, ice-covered island due to global warming and to China's drive for an Arctic presence.

So much of the Arctic is on fire, you can see it from space

Over 100 intense wildfires have ravaged the Arctic since June, with scientists describing the blazes as "unprecedented." The fires have been so intense and produced so much smoke they can be seen from space.

Arctic could face another scorching annus horribilis

Copenhagen - Scientists say 2019 could be another annus horribilis for the Arctic with record temperatures already registered in Greenland -- a giant melting icicle that threatens to submerge the world's coastal areas one day.

From Greenland to Alaska, Arctic is heating up rapidly

Ice is melting at unprecedented levels as summer approaches in the Arctic. In recent days, observations have revealed a record-challenging melt event over the Greenland ice sheet, while the extent of ice over the Arctic Ocean is the lowest ever.

Canadian Arctic island coast collapsing up to a meter a day

The frozen coastline of a Canadian Arctic island is eroding at up to a meter a day — a rate of collapse that is six times faster than the average for the previous 65 years, according to a new study.

Senate calls on Canada to take a firm stand on Arctic sovereignty

Ottawa - A Canadian Senate committee on Wednesday called for a stronger defense of the country's sovereignty in the Arctic as retreating ice brings increased foreign interest in far north resources and navigation.

Review: Surviving doesn’t come easy in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include the second chapter in a story that gets more mysterious; archival footage from a historical event; the conclusion to a trilogy about an unlikely friendship; an amusing rom-com; and an exceptional story of survival.

US climate sceptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

Rovaniemi - For the first time in over two decades, member states of the Arctic Council failed to agree on a final declaration at their bi-annual ministerial meeting on Tuesday, due to a US refusal to mention climate change.

US climate change refusal sinks Arctic declaration: delegates

Rovaniemi - Members of the Arctic Council meeting in Finland's far north on Tuesday failed to issue their traditional final declaration due to a US refusal to mention climate change, delegates said.

Russia says its Arctic strategy 'threatens no one'

Sanktpeterburg - Moscow's drive for military and economic development in the Arctic is not a threat to other countries, Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday, adding that territorial conflicts over the shelf would be peacefully resolved.

Window is closing for Canada and U.S. to defend the Arctic

Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defense systems point menacingly into the sky at this Russian Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project its power over the resource-rich polar region.

Arctic winter sea ice extent is seventh lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year, peaking at 14.78 million square kilometers on March 13. It is the joint seventh smallest winter maximum in the 40-year satellite record – tied with 2007.

Climate change forces Arctic animals to shift feeding habits: study

Apo - Seals and whales in the Arctic are shifting their feeding patterns as climate change alters their habitats, and the way they do so may determine whether they survive, a new study has found.

Russia's Arctic plans add to polar bears' climate woes

Moscow - Last month's visit by roaming polar bears that put a Russian village on lockdown may be just the beginning.For as Moscow steps up its activity in the warming Arctic, conflict with the rare species is likely to increase.

Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north

Paying no attention to nearby divers, a killer whale and her calf hunting for food frolic in a snowy Norwegian fjord.Their favourite meal, herring, abounds, but climate change means both predator and prey must increasingly migrate further north.

Russia says will build up Arctic military presence

Moscow - Russia will build up its military presence in the Arctic over the next year, the defence minister said Tuesday, as Moscow seeks to assert its influence in the strategic region.

Record-breaking heat marches to the beat of climate change

The summer of temperature extremes just keeps going, with record heat waves this month on all four continents that occupy the non-tropical Northern Hemisphere where it is now summer.

Canada, Denmark seek to settle Arctic island dispute

Ottawa - Canada and Denmark announced Wednesday the creation of a task force to try to solve a longstanding territorial dispute over a tiny Arctic island that once provoked a diplomatic feud.The row over Hans Island, a barren 1.3 square kilometer (0.

Arctic coastal powers back 'peaceful' dialogue over disputes

Stockholm - The five nations bordering the Arctic Ocean on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment made in Greenland a decade ago to "peacefully" settle their differences over the resource-rich region threatened by climate change.

2C cap on global warming won't save Arctic sea ice: studies

Paris - Even if humanity stops global warming in its tracks at two degrees Celsius, long seen as the guardrail for a climate-safe world, Arctic sea ice will still disappear in some years, scientists have warned.Holding the line at 1.5 C (2.

'Doomsday' seed vault gets makeover as Arctic heats up

Longyearbyen - Designed to withstand a nuclear missile hit, the world's biggest seed vault, nestled deep inside an Arctic mountain, is undergoing a makeover as rising temperatures melt the permafrost meant to protect it.

Icy Europe, balmy North Pole: the world upside down

Paris - Not for the first time in recent years, Europe has descended into a deep freeze while the Arctic experiences record high temperatures, leaving scientists to ponder the role global warming may play in turning winter weather upside down.

Putin says Arctic exploration a priority for Russia

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has said he regards Arctic exploration a priority for Russia, but added it should also respect nature.

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.
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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 Arctic Report Card for 2016 is a stark reminder of what is in store for the world in 2017.
The Arctic Report Card for 2016 is a stark reminder of what is in store for the world in 2017.
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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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Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
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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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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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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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A Tumstone at the edge of a snow patch.
A Tumstone at the edge of a snow patch.
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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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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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The Arctic s warming temperatures do have an affect on weather patterns and the Atlantic Meridional ...
The Arctic's warming temperatures do have an affect on weather patterns and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (Amoc).
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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
Polar lights above the Polarstern  Weddell Sea
Polar lights above the Polarstern, Weddell Sea
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The transport of sediments and nutrients trapped in the ice in the shallow zones of the Arctic margi...
The transport of sediments and nutrients trapped in the ice in the shallow zones of the Arctic marginal seas is also interrupted. The image shows sediment-rich sea ice in the Transpolar Drift. Two researchers were lowered by crane from the decks of the icebreaker Polarstern to the surface of the ice, so as to collect samples.
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Sea ice hits record lows for November 2016.
Sea ice hits record lows for November 2016.
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North Pole: Winter ice cover
North Pole: Winter ice cover
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A very large  wet lab  on the Polarstern.
A very large "wet lab" on the Polarstern.
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