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Arctic Ocean

Company Behind Massive Pipeline Leak Wants To Drill In The Arctic

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 03.04.2017 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

A massive natural gas leak from an offshore pipeline near Anchorage could continue for another month because Hilcorp Alaska says sea ice in the Cook I...

Examining The Human Impact Of The Northern Sea Route

Arctic Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.24.2017 | Home

A research project is examining how the establishment of Russia’s Northern Sea Route has shaped the lives of residents along the country’s norther...

Arctic Oil And Environmental Legacy In The Crosshairs

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 01.25.2017 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

President Barack Obama’s last days in the Oval Office included a flurry of new environmental protections. In his first days, the incoming president ...

These Virtual Tours of Tough-To-Visit Destinations Will Take Your Breath Away

The Huffington Post | Minou Clark | Posted 12.30.2016 | Travel

Is your 2017 resolution to travel the world? Well, thanks to Google Maps, you can virtually escape to almost anywhere on the planet - without even boo...

This Year's Extreme Weather Was One For The Books

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 12.22.2016 | Green

The past year was scorching hot, freezing cold, soaking wet and consumed in flames ― and it’s just a sneak peek of what’s to come if we don’t ...

2016 Arctic Report Card Paints Dire Portrait Of Climate Change Trends

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.14.2016 | Green

It’s going to get worse before it gets better. And unless the world takes action, it may never get better. That’s one extremely depressing takeawa...

Why is China so quiet in negotiations about fisheries in the central Arctic Ocean?

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.05.2016 | Business
The Conversation Global

China's capacity to participate in Arctic affairs is still weak. Anna Filipova/Reuters Nengye Liu, University of New England China has become more ...

November Was A Bad Month For Arctic Sea Ice. The Overall Picture Is Much Worse.

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.03.2016 | Green

If you stumbled across an alarming chart about sea ice on Twitter last month and doomsday scenarios immediately leaped into your head, you’re not al...

McDonald's Vows To Protect Fish In The Arctic

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green

More than a dozen seafood industry giants, including McDonald's and British grocery retailer Tesco, have joined forces to protect a large swath of the...

Arctic Sea Ice Levels Are Lower Than They've Ever Been. Again.

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.28.2016 | Science

The maximum extent of sea ice was lower this year than it’s ever been. A warming Arctic has drastic implications for the rest of the world. ...

Demystifying The EU In The Arctic

Arctic Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.26.2016 | Home

The time has come for Arctic states to try to understand the European Union and acknowledge its investments in research, development and education in ...

Welcome to a New Planet

Michael T. Klare | Posted 10.08.2016 | Politics
Michael T. Klare

The latest reports from the prestigious and sober Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) make increasingly hair-raising reading, suggesting that the planet is approaching possible moments of irreversible damage in a fashion and at a speed that had not been anticipated.

The Beauty of Aurora Borealis

Katlin Bowman | Posted 10.07.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

The Aurora Borealis occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun (solar wind) interact with gases in Earth's atmosphere. At night, the skies have been alive with dancing green light and shooting stars.

GEOTRACES Cross-over Station Abandoned Due to Rough Weather

Katlin Bowman | Posted 10.01.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

This morning the decision was made to abandon the U.S.-Canadian GEOTRACES cross-over station due to rough weather.

Life at Sea on a Coast Guard Icebreaker

Katlin Bowman | Posted 09.30.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

Life at sea is a lot like middle school summer camp and it's not just the bunk beds and cafeteria style dining -- it's living with a collection of characters, working together, and learning to rely on each other.

Moving South Towards Open Water

Katlin Bowman | Posted 09.28.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

Living conditions outside the cozy confines of our ship are harsh at best, but amazingly we've had a number of wildlife encounters over the past two weeks.

Walking on Arctic Ice

Katlin Bowman | Posted 09.21.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

As I stepped onto the ice with feet wrapped in wool socks and insulated boots, my friend Pete pointed to the ground and said "there's two miles of ocean below us right now." The 2 meter thick ice sheet was covered with a fresh layer of snow and felt like terra firma rather than a fluid surface.

Why President Roosevelt Is Turning Over In His Grave At Our Neglect Of Public Lands

Audrey Peterman | Posted 09.10.2016 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The widespread exploitation of our natural resources coincides and is closely tied to the distress of our planet writhing under massive droughts, wildfires, glacial melting, animal die-offs and human displacement. Our general response seems to be one big shrug.

Our Future Generations Can Teach Us a Thing or Two About Arctic Drilling

Cindy Shogan | Posted 08.28.2016 | Green
Cindy Shogan

Last week, President Obama made a terribly risky decision for the Arctic. His administration cleared the final hurdle that allows for drilling into oil-bearing zones in the Arctic Ocean, approving one of Shell Oil's modified drilling permits for the Chukchi Sea.

In to the Ice

Katlin Bowman | Posted 08.24.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

Sea ice accumulates in the Arctic Ocean during the winter when the tilt of the Earth's axis leaves the top of the world in complete darkness. Ice coverage reaches a maximum in mid-March and can cover up to 80 percent of the Arctic Ocean.

The Realm of the Polar Bear

Katlin Bowman | Posted 08.19.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

Those who have previously crossed the Arctic Circle are considered "polar bears," and Coast Guard members with this distinction were allowed to wear special red shirts to celebrate the day, a splash of color added to their everyday navy blue uniforms.

Chemistry of the Arctic Ocean

Katlin Bowman | Posted 08.18.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

The chemistry of the ocean has a story to tell and with each sample of seawater we reveal new pieces of information -- where the water has been, how old it is, what it has gained from the atmosphere or coast, what it has lost.

Arctic GEOTRACES Week One

Katlin Bowman | Posted 08.12.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

And we're off! The U.S. GEOTRACES Arctic expedition departed Dutch Harbor on August 9th onboard the USCGC Healy.

Oceanographers Board a Fleet of Icebreakers to Study Mercury Pollution in the Arctic Ocean

Katlin Bowman | Posted 08.03.2016 | Science
Katlin Bowman

This summer, three separate research teams from the United States, Canada, and Germany are traveling to the Arctic Ocean to determine how mercury enters the basin and ultimately, the marine food web.

Wit, Wisdom and Joe Biden at USNA

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

He may not be known for his oratorical/linguistic skills, but as commencement speakers go, Joe Biden did himself proud at the U.S. Naval Academy's recent graduation and commissioning ceremonies.