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

Cindy Shogan | Posted 03.25.2014 | 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

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 06.07.2011 | Green
AlaskaDispatch.com

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.

Russian Aircraft Buzzed Warship Twice, Raises Concerns In Arctic

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials say two Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. Navy warship in the Arctic's Barents Sea last week, each coming within ab...

Global Warming and Human-Induced Changes at the North Pole

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Over 200 toxic compounds are found in people of the Arctic. For instance, milk of Arctic women has ten times more PCBs and pesticides than milk from women in all the major cities in Canada.

Arctic Faces Offshore Oil Danger in July

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

In just two months, Shell Oil could do in America's Arctic Ocean what British Petroleum has done in the Gulf of Mexico -- drill an environmental time bomb without being able to defuse it or deal with the consequences of it going off.

President Obama, Give the Spill Investigation the Right Mandate

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The continuing crisis in the Gulf has demonstrated beyond any doubt that every aspect of our system of regulating oil exploration is broken. We need a thorough enough review so we can learn how to start over.

The Real Victims Of Climate Change Have No Voice In Copenhagen (PHOTOS)

Alun Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alun Anderson

Look north and you will see the biggest and fastest change to our planet ever caused by humans. It won't go away as a result of talk or promises. The frozen Arctic seas are melting away now.

In Harm's Way: The Arctic Wild

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Obama's crucial decisions will determine whether America's Arctic will survive and thrive or be sacrificed to destructive and dangerous oil and gas drilling.