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Shell is one step closer to Arctic drilling

A 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska has been upheld - moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. ||| Washington - The US Interior Department on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease...Show More Summary

Weapons Flood Into Putin's European Arms Depot

While the world watched Russia’s North Fleet with trepidation as it launched surprise exercises near the Arctic Circle last week, Vladimir Putin has quietly been arming another area inside Europe’s borders: Kaliningrad, the Russian seaport city in a region sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, with convenient access to the Baltic Sea. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Feds help Shell move toward another attempt at Arctic drilling

Kulluk, Shell Oil's Arctic drilling rig barge runs aground on Sitkalidak Island, on the Alaskan coast in December 2012. Another round of our benighted "all of the above" energy policy. Timothy Gardner U.S. approval moves Shell a step closer to Arctic drilling: The U.S. Show More Summary

US Approves Arctic Oil and Gas Drilling Off Coast of Alaska

The US government approves offshore oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea despite fears over the risk to the environment.

US Department of the Interior Approves Shell's Arctic Drilling Rights

13 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

These Greenpeace activists look pissed. Granted, this photo was taken before news of Sally Jewell's affirmation of the Shell leases today. Aliyah Field, 27, and Zoe Buckley Lennox, 21, are probably extra pissed right now. Vincenzo Floramo/Greenpeace A...Show More Summary

U.S. Approval Moves Shell a Step Sloser to Arctic Drilling

15 hours agoVehicles / Watercraft : gCaptain

The U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to oil and gas exploration in the Arctic since it suffered mishaps in the region in 2012. The post U.S. Approval Moves Shell a Step Sloser to Arctic Drilling appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

U.S. DoI Upholds 2008 Shell Arctic Lease

The U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to oil and gas

Russian Navy to Develop Arctic Rescue Robots

The head of the Russian navy has urged the country’s arms developers and manufacturers to begin developing “Arctic underwater search and rescue robots” today according to Russia’s state news agency Itar-Tass. “We have formulated ourShow More Summary

Macroalgae contribute to nested mosaics of pH variability in a sub-Arctic fjord

The Arctic Ocean is considered the most vulnerable ecosystem to ocean acidification (OA) and large-scale assessments of pH and the saturation state for aragonite (?arag) indicate that it is already close to corrosive states (?arag < 1). In high-latitude coastal waters the regulation of pH and ?arag is far more complex than offshore because increased […]

U.S. action needed on ocean acidification

Dr. Thomas Armstrong is the Deputy Secretary of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme and leads the Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic. He previously served in the Obama Whitehouse as the Executive Director of the U.S.Global Change Reaserch Program. This article originally appeared in The Circle 01.15. The ocean regulates our climate and our […]

An Early Arctic Explorer's Dramatic Drawings of the Frozen North

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. Arctic explorer Sir John Ross drew these images while captaining the first 19 th -century British search for the Northwest Passage. Show More Summary

New source of methane for gas hydrates in Arctic discovered

Researchers have identified a new source of methane for gas hydrates -- ice-like substances found in sediment that trap methane within the crystal structure of frozen water -- in the Arctic Ocean. The findings, point to a previously undiscovered, stable reservoir for methane that is 'locked' away from the atmosphere, where it could impact global climate change.

Shell will resume drilling off Alaska coast: U.S. Arctic envoy

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when.

The Artic Just Set Another Frightening Record

This story originally appeared on Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Ever year around the end of February, after a long winter, Arctic ice reaches its maximum extent. This year that happened around Feb. Show More Summary

Video Editorial: You Guys Just Don’t “Get” Port Commissioner Bill Bryant’s Apocalyptic Sense of Humor

Maybe port commissioner Bill Bryant just needs more time to work the room on his dead polar bear bit. (In case you missed it: Here's the leaked audio of Bill Bryant talking about the port's Arctic drilling fleet deal at a meeting of the Evergreen Republican Women's Club earlier this month.) [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Diverse sources of methane in shallow Arctic lakes discovered

New research into the changing ecology of thousands of shallow lakes on the North Slope of Alaska suggests that in scenarios of increasing global temperatures, methane-generating microbes, found in thawing lake sediments, may ramp up production of the potent greenhouse gas -- which has a global warming potential 25 times greater than carbon dioxide.

News from a Warming World

There’s been a lot of interesting environmental news recently, much of which seems to have gotten little notice. The topics range from U.S. wind power (growing) to U.S. coal power and Arctic sea ice (both shrinking), with a bit of Ted Cruz to spice things up. Here’s the round-up: Out with coal, in with wind. The […]

The Top of the World Sinks Ever Lower

Ever year around the end of February, after a long winter, Arctic ice reaches its maximum extent. This year that happened around Feb. 25, when it encompassed 14.54 million square kilometers of ice around the North Pole. Sound like a lot? It’s not. Show More Summary

Kulluk Drilling Rig Sails Away on COSCO Heavy Lift Transporter [VIDEO]

Ever wondered what happened to the arctic drilling rig Kulluk that ended up on an Alaskan “beach” after she broke away from her tow in January 2013? With assistance from [...] The post Kulluk Drilling Rig Sails Away on COSCO Heavy Lift Transporter [VIDEO] appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

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