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Welcome to a New Planet

Michael T. Klare | Posted 10.08.2015 | 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 10.07.2015 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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 09.30.2015 | 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 09.28.2015 | 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 09.21.2015 | 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 09.10.2015 | 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 08.28.2015 | 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 08.24.2015 | 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 08.19.2015 | 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 08.18.2015 | 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 08.17.2015 | 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 08.03.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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.

What Happens In The Arctic Does Not Stay In The Arctic

Amb. Kåre Aas | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Amb. Kåre Aas

According to experts, approximately one-third of the world's remaining oil and natural gas reserves are to be found in the Arctic. There needs to be a balance between protecting the Arctic environment and the need for resource development and management. The joint pursuit of responsible Arctic stewardship is necessary.

Deepwater Horizon: Why We Should Not Open New Areas to Drilling

Carl Safina | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Carl Safina

How do we know we don't really need this oil? Because the oil companies are lobbying like hell to be allowed to export it. In their unpatriotic multinational way, they are willing to risk America the beautiful and our health for more zeroes on their ledgers. What alternatives do we have?

It's Time to Take Arctic Drilling Off the Table

Cindy Shogan | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Cindy Shogan

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of the Interior swung the door wide open to drilling in the remote waters of the iconic Arctic Ocean when it announced that it was reaffirming controversial Bush-era leases for the Chukchi Sea - a lease sale referred to as Lease Sale 193.

Last Chance To Save Imperiled Arctic

Richard Steiner | Posted 05.24.2015 | Green
Richard Steiner

Society has a historic choice to make with the Arctic. Should we continue our industrial expansion into one of the last wild areas of the world, further degrading its environment? Or, should we choose to protect and sustain this magnificent place?

Bowhead Whale Songs Are Complex and Copied, New Study Shows

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.29.2015 | Science
Alaska Dispatch News

Now scientists have new information about the level of detail in the songs that bowhead whales sing to one another when they are migrating into the Beaufort Sea each spring.

As UN Releases Climate Report, One Expert Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2020

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 01.03.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Get ready to order those beach umbrellas in Barrow. One of the leading authorities on the physics of northern seas is predicting...

The Far North, Part 1 -- The Glaciers of Svalbard: Going Arctic on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.27.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

It prides itself on being the world's most northerly city, albeit with only about 2,000 residents; it's way beyond the Arctic Circle, just 813 miles f...

25 Years After Exxon Valdez: If We Ignore the Past, We Risk Repeating It in the Arctic

Cindy Shogan | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Cindy Shogan

Whether it's human error, mechanical malfunction or a simple act of Mother Nature, the fact is that it's not a question of if another spill is going to happen. It's a question of when.

What Seafloor Grooves Reveal About Ancient Ice Sheet

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 10.04.2013 | Science

When deep ice sheets chilled most of North America and Europe 20,000 years ago, Alaska and eastern Siberia remained remarkably ice-free, providing p...

10 Surprising Facts About The North Pole

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

From extreme cold and extreme life forms to mind-bending patterns of light and darkness, the North Pole is one peculiar place. Alas, a lot of what the...

Taking a Stand for Our Arctic Ocean

Cindy Shogan | Posted 10.27.2013 | Green
Cindy Shogan

In June, President Obama said, "we can't just drill our way out of the energy and climate challenge that we face." I am hopeful that the president will heed his own advice, and keep our Arctic Ocean safe from dirty and dangerous oil drilling.