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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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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.

President Obama Should Prioritize Protecting the Arctic as Part of His Climate Legacy

Cindy Shogan | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Cindy Shogan

All signs point to the fact that President Obama should prioritize protecting the Arctic as part of his climate legacy.

Latest Shell Debacle in Alaska Part of a Larger Pattern of Risk and Failure

Frances Beinecke | Posted 03.05.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Shell has poured billions of dollars into offshore Arctic drilling, but no matter how much it spends, it cannot make the effort anything but a terrifying gamble. And if Shell, the most profitable company on Earth, can't buy its way to safety in Alaska, nobody can.

Sea Ice and Climate Change

Cecilia Bitz | Posted 01.14.2013 | Green
Cecilia Bitz

There is no contradiction for global warming to cause dramatic sea ice loss in the Arctic and a slight expansion in the Antarctic. There is no doubt in my mind that the implications for polar bears habitat loss are serious and sobering.

New Study Suggest 'Potential For A Release' Of Antarctic Methane

Posted 08.29.2012 | Green

From Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: Climate scientists have long fretted about the hundreds of billions of tons of methane frozen under the...

One Million People Speak Out to Save the Arctic Ocean

Cindy Shogan | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Cindy Shogan

Time is running out for President Obama to stop Shell from drilling in America's Arctic Ocean this summer.

The Beginnings of Arctic Science

Roger M. McCoy | Posted 08.08.2012 | Science
Roger M. McCoy

Imagine sailing to the Canadian Arctic in 1819. There were only three surveyed points, hundreds of miles apart, defining the entire north coast of North America. In the 1820s the map of the Arctic was almost blank.

Polar. Bear. Dance. Party.

AP | Posted 04.28.2012 | Miami

MIAMI -- A polar bear dance party in Miami is aimed at raising awareness about the need to protect the Arctic Ocean. The dancers are expected to dres...

A Dangerous Gamble in the Arctic

Bill Meadows | Posted 05.21.2012 | Green
Bill Meadows

The Arctic recently sent a strong warning that hubris has no place in one of the world's most challenging, high-stakes environments. Shell Oil, which is ready to take a dangerous drilling gamble in the Arctic's icy waters, should take note.

Arctic Ocean Wildlife Need Your Help

Marilyn Heiman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Marilyn Heiman

Arctic offshore development must be done safely and sustainably. Until the highest standards are in place, the best plan is to defer all new exploration.

Troubled Oceans at the Bottom of the World

Al Gore | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Al Gore

Acidifying oceans, a result of the same carbon dioxide pollution that is warming our planet, is a problem of multiple dimensions.

Spy Island Polar Bears, Meet the World

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 06.07.2011 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

Last month, a wildlife biologist for the federal government took a phone call from a manmade island north of Alaska, where a polar bear had emerged from a snow drift perhaps 6-10 feet deep on top of the artificial ground.

Arctic Current Warmest In Over 2,000 Years

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

OSLO (Reuters/Alister Doyle) - A North Atlantic current flowing into the Arctic Ocean is warmer than for at least 2,000 years in a sign that global ...

At National Oil Spill Commission Meeting, We Share Our Preliminary Findings

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Over the course of the past six months, the commission has detected a deeply embedded problem that transcends the actions of specific companies: We found systemic regulatory failure to protect the American public's interest.