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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.

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...

U.S. cancels drilling rights auctions in Alaskan Arctic

Washington - The United States has announced it is calling off two auctions for oil and gas drilling rights in the Arctic off Alaska and has denied requests for lease extensions by Shell and Statoil.

Fleeing war, Syrian refugees bike across Arctic border

Oslo - "I looked at the map and I decided to give it a go": Ahmad Taleb is one of a number of refugees who have reached Europe by cycling across the border into Arctic Norway.

Russia launches military drills in Arctic

Moscow - Russia launched military exercises in the Arctic on Monday as it seeks to bolster claims to the region's vast hydrocarbon and mineral wealth.

Russia files UN claim over vast swathe of Arctic

Moscow - Russia pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometres (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf, stepping up a race for the region's hydrocarbon and mineral wealth.

'Paddle in Seattle' protesters condemn Artic drilling

Washington - Environmental activists in Seattle paddled out to sea to protest a Shell oil rig moored off the coast of the US city that is headed for Arctic drilling, local media reported.

Why Arctic warming might be accelerating even faster

A new study, taking a different approach to understanding global warming, indicates that the microscopic creatures found within the Arctic Ocean can signal whether climate change is occurring.

Chill in the air as Arctic nations meet

Iqaluit - Arctic nations warned Friday of the dangers facing the environment and the peoples of the remote region, as it now also becomes a new flashpoint in global tensions with Russia.

Denmark claims potentially energy-rich Arctic waters

Copenhage - Denmark will lay claim to energy-rich but contested territory around the North Pole on Monday by submitting data to the UN which it says demonstrates the area is an extension of its continental shelf.

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.
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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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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 at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
Barbara Hillary at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
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Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
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North Pole: Winter ice cover
North Pole: Winter ice cover
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A scene from Polar Sea 360.
A scene from Polar Sea 360.
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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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White-rumped sandpiper chicks on northern Canada s Bylot Island.
White-rumped sandpiper chicks on northern Canada's Bylot Island.
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Crossing over the land-bridge known as Berringa.
Crossing over the land-bridge known as Berringa.
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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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A glacier near Greeland  carving into a fjord
A glacier near Greeland, carving into a fjord
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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 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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Global warming: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks - 04/23/2013.
Global warming: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks - 04/23/2013.
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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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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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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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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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