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No rest for the Arctic: As big oil pulls out, military muscles in

When oil prices crashed, ecologists hoped the Arctic would get some breathing space. Instead, the military occupied this pristine wilderness, says Fred Pearce

U.S. Senators Urge Obama to Block Arctic Oil Drilling

  A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic,

Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents.

Ship Photo of the Day – Tight Squeeze

16 hours agoVehicles / Watercraft : gCaptain

  REM Offshore’s new platform supply vessel Rem Arctic squeezes into the harbor at Fosnavåg, Norway for its Christening ceremony on Friday. REM Arctic was built by Kleven Verft and is of the VS 485 MkIII Arctic design. The vessel is the 18th vessel to be delivered to REM Offshore in just ten years. Show More Summary

The Polar Pioneer Failed an Important, Basic Coast Guard Inspection This Week

18 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

The Polar Pioneer, as seen from Monday's protest march across the Terminal 5 truck flyover near West Seattle. Kelly O In a couple of months, the Polar Pioneer, Shell's Arctic drilling rig that's currently sitting in Elliott Bay, plans on rooting around for oil in one of the most treacherous, unpredictable environments on the planet. Show More Summary

Faith-Healing Drama Aloft Is a Little Humorless, But I Liked It Anyway

In the opening scenes of the brooding Aloft, a young boy carrying a falcon rushes along with his mom (Jennifer Connelly) across a bleak, frozen stretch of road in the Arctic, on their way to see a mysterious faith healer. We don’t know what era we’re in, or who exactly these... More »

The Arctic Ocean and Wildlife Warrant Special International Protection

Co-authored by Alex Levinson and Kevin Harun, Pacific Environment Imagine traveling seas beset by hurricane force winds, extreme waves, poorly charted waters, and long seasons of darkness. Where calls for help may not be readily answered. Show More Summary

Santa Barbara Oil Spill: What We Know So Far

Just days after a federal agency approved Shell’s plans to drill the Arctic for oil, California’s governor has declared a state of emergency following a Santa Barbara oil spill that spewed over 100,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean, covering Refugio State Beach. Show More Summary

These Bleakly Beautiful Photos Tell The Story Of A Remote Coal Mining Town Near The North Pole

This Soviet-era relic company town still lives and breathes in the Arctic. Climate change could ultimately sink it—or make it fortunes. Located halfway between Norway and the North Pole on a barren island in the Arctic Ocean, the coal mining village of Barentsburg is one of the northernmost towns in the world. Show More Summary

Noted Climatologist BLASTS Obama over His Latest Crackpot Global Warming Claims

Yesterday Barack Obama warned Coast Guard cadets that global warming was behind the rise of ISIS and Boko Haram and is causing the creation of a new ocean. As Admiral Zukunft already mentioned, climate change means Arctic sea ice is … Continue reading ?

This Game Show Host is Heading to the Arctic! (Please Give Your Guess in the Form of a Question)

yesterdayLifestyle / Travel : Jaunted

?Who is ? Alex Trebek?? Congratulations! You win $10,000 and a lifetime supply of turtle wax. The ?Jeopardy? quiz man is indeed the celebrity host who is heading on an Arctic exploration this August. Trebek will join Adventure Canada...Show More Summary

How to Destroy the Arctic

It isn't the best of times for the American Arctic and let me explain why. The world is in the midst of an oil glut. In the last year, oil prices bottomed out before rising modestly. A NASA study just offered the news that a massiveShow More Summary

Fearless Conquerors of Ice: Russia Celebrates Day of Polar Explorers

On May 21, the Day of Polar Explorers is celebrated in Russia. On that day in 1937 the first scientific and research expedition started working at the North Pole drifting station in the Arctic Ocean. Later, the station was named North Pole-1. The history of Arctic exploration in Russia – in our photo gallery.

Destroying What Remains

How the U.S. Navy Plans to War Game the Arctic Cross-posted with [This essay is a joint TomDispatch/Truthout report.] I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Show More Summary

Claim: New evidence has linked Arctic warming with severe weather in countries including the UK and US.

From the University of Sheffield via Eurekalert: Professor Edward Hanna and PhD student Richard Hall, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Geography, are part of a select group of international climate scientists investigating links between Arctic climate change and extreme weather in the northern mid-latitudes. They have found that while it is too soon…

I'll take 'Arctic cruise with Alex Trebek for $5,595,' please

2 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

If you have questions for "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, ask away during a 12-day cruise in the Canadian Arctic that sets sail in August.

How the U.S. Navy Plans to War Game the Arctic

2 days agoNews : Truthdig

By Dahr Jamail, TomDispatch and Truthout The Navy is increasingly focused on possible future climate-change conflicts in the melting waters of the north and, in that context, has little or no intention of caretaking the environment when it comes to military exercises.

Shell Wants To Drill In The Arctic, But Not If These Kayaktivists Have Anything To Say About It

“Business as usual is not on the table.” The post Shell Wants To Drill In The Arctic, But Not If These Kayaktivists Have Anything To Say About It appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Protesting Oil Drilling in Kayaks Made of Plastic - Ironic?

There's a kayak and paddleboard-based protest happening in my hometown of Seattle, Washington. The protest is a blockade of a giant Shell Oil drilling rig that is in the harbor being readied to start drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Show More Summary

Climate takes up half Obama's commencement address to Coast Guard cadets, with some Arctic irony

Climate change dominated President Obama's commencement address o the Coast Guard graduating class Wednesday. President Obama added another strong speech Wednesday to his growing collection about a subject he and other presidential candidates barely mentioned during the 2012 election campaign: climate change. Show More Summary

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