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Russian mining giant admits waste 'violations' at Arctic plant

Moscow - A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra.

Arctic town reaches 100°F — The highest temperature ever recorded

Temperatures in the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, according to public-facing weather data. It's a record-high temperature in one of the fastest-warming places in the world.

Russia sees melting permafrost behind Arctic fuel spill

Moscow - An unprecedented fuel spill that has polluted huge stretches of Arctic rivers was caused by melting permafrost, Russian officials said Friday, ordering a review of infrastructure in vulnerable zones.

Russia says has stopped spread of Arctic fuel spill

Moscow - Russia has managed to contain a massive diesel spill into a river in the Arctic, a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry told AFP on Friday.

Russia struggles to clean up Arctic river fuel spill

Moscow - Russia on Thursday intensified efforts to clean up a major fuel spill that environmentalists say is the worst such accident in the Arctic, as investigators made their first arrest.

Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a state of emergency and criticised a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel after a massive diesel spill into a Siberian river.

Massive Arctic heatwave reignites Siberian forest fires

Global warming is no longer a distant threat as exceptionally warm temperatures in some parts of the Arctic reach as much as 16 degrees Celsius (29 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the usual, according to meteorologists.

Essential Science: CFC replacements still pose environmental risk

While CFC gases, commonly used in cold temperature devices and to propel aerosols, have largely been phased out, a number of so-termed ‘greener’ replacement products are still harmful to the environment as data from the Arctic indicates.

Largest-ever ozone hole over the Arctic has closed

An “unprecedented” hole in the ozone layer which developed to become the largest ever seen over the Arctic has closed just weeks after opening, according to scientists monitoring ozone concentrations over the North Pole,.

There's a new hole in the ozone layer, and it's unusual

Scientists using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have noticed a strong reduction of ozone concentrations over the Arctic, resulting in a ‘mini-hole’ in the ozone layer.

Cannibalism on rise among polar bears, say Russian scientists

Moscow - Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, a Russian scientist said Wednesday.

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on 60,000 more food seeds

Longyearbyen - A "doomsday vault" nestled deep in the Arctic received 60,000 new seed samples on Tuesday, including Prince Charles' cowslips and Cherokee sacred corn, increasing stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe.

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on more food seeds

Oslo - An Arctic "doomsday vault" is set Tuesday to receive 60,000 samples of seeds from around the world as the biggest global crop reserve stocks up for a global catastrophe.

NASA technology detected millions of Arctic methane 'hotspots'

Scientists are taking to the skies to study methane emissions in the Arctic. In a series of more than 400 airplane rides in 2017, researchers with NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment discovered 2 million methane hotspots.

Adventurers cross Arctic Ocean on skis despite thinning ice

Oslo - Two adventurers have successfully crossed the Arctic Ocean on skis after persevering through brutal conditions, briefly running out of food, and struggling to traverse thin ice caused by global warming, their team said on Sunday.

Microplastics found in all arctic beluga whales tested

Tuktoyaktuk - Canadian researchers working with hunters from the Inuvialuit community of Tuktoyaktuk, in the Northwest Territories in Canada, were surprised to find microplastics in the digestive systems of beluga whales hunted for food.

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.
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Ulukhaktok (Holman Island) is a traditional home of the Copper Eskimos. Franklin was the first Europ...
Ulukhaktok (Holman Island) is a traditional home of the Copper Eskimos. Franklin was the first European to visit the area, and Collinson soon followed in search of the lost Franklin expedition. Habitation of the island was first reported by Steffanson in 1911 when two villages were sited. The Hudson Bay Company post opened in 1940 and the Holman Eskimo Cooperative was formed in 1961.
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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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Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
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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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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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Icebreakers CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent and USCGC Healy on a joint exercise in the Arctic.
Icebreakers CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent and USCGC Healy on a joint exercise in the Arctic.
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The Arctic's warming temperatures do have an affect on weather patterns and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (Amoc).
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Sea ice extent on March 13  2019
Sea ice extent on March 13, 2019
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German research vessel POLARSTERN in Atka Bay  Antarctica during supply of Neumayer-Station
German research vessel POLARSTERN in Atka Bay, Antarctica during supply of Neumayer-Station
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The view from a plane that is carrying instruments to measure the health of vegetation in the Arctic tundra of the Northwest Territories of Canada.
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Sea ice hits record lows for November 2016.
Sea ice hits record lows for November 2016.
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German research vessel POLARSTERN off the British Station Rothera  Antarctic Peninsula in 1994.
German research vessel POLARSTERN off the British Station Rothera, Antarctic Peninsula in 1994.
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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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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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Polar lights above the Polarstern  Weddell Sea
Polar lights above the Polarstern, Weddell Sea
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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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