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Staring Down Shell's Arctic Drilling Rig as It Arrives in Port Angeles

6 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

The Polar Pioneer, the Blue Marlin, kayaktivists, and the Olympic Mountains. Kelly O It's sometime after 5 o'clock in the morning, and I'm on a rigid hull inflatable boat, bouncing through wild, freezing chop. The instructions are to...Show More Summary

Kerry to Present Arctic Council Chairmanship Program in Canada -State Dep't

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Iqaluit, Canada, on April 24 where he will unveil the US Arctic Council chairmanship plan for the next two years in the Arctic ministerial meeting, US State Department acting spokesperson Marie Harf stated in a press release on Friday.

Arctic Offshore Rig Gets USCG Escort

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews escorted heavy lift ship Blue Marlin as it toted a controversial 38,000-metric-ton drilling rig into Port Angeles, Wash., Friday. Blue Marlin,

Russia ‘Leaps and Bounds’ Ahead of US in Arctic - Alaska Senator

Russia is far outpacing the United States in developing its Arctic territory, US Senator Lisa Murkowski told Sputnik on Friday.

Regular Russian Military Drills in Arctic ‘Raise Concern’ in US

In recent days, the Russian military has begun naval drills in the Norwegian Sea and conducted snap Arctic drills. Russia has also successfully intercepted US and its allies’ military airplanes, raising concerns in Washington.

The Morning News: Arctic Drilling Rig Arrives in Washington Waters, Stranger Watches from a Rubber Boat

12 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

That's the Blue Marlin, a heavy-lift ship that's carrying a Shell Arctic drilling rig called the Polar Pioneer toward Seattle's port. As the sun came up this morning, the apparatus of planetary destruction was pulling into Port Angeles—Olympic...Show More Summary

Icebreakers Ordered for Neft’s Novy Port Project

Aker Arctic’s icebreaker design selected for Gazprom Neft’s Novy Port project   Aker Arctic and Vyborg Shipyard have confirmed a contract for

Ex Machina May Look Like Great Sci-Fi, but It's Really About Revolution

A trillion-dollar, top-secret next big thing. This is the near future. A sleek black helicopter flies toward a place that looks like the Arctic. Miles upon miles of hills and fields are covered in ice and snow. There is only one passenger...Show More Summary

Murmansk Region Head for Zoning Arctic Territories

  Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun, at the first meeting of the State Commission for the development of the Arctic has proposed a change to the system of energy

Snap Combat Readiness Drills Launched in Arctic Unit in Eastern Russia

Russia checked the combat readiness of its Eastern Military District with the participation of Arctic units.

Fly Aboard a Private Boeing 757 for an Around-the-World Trip with Geoffrey Kent

For Abercrombie & Kent’s latest offering, Around the World with Geoffrey Kent by Private Jet: The Tropics to the Arctic, an exclusive group of 50 travelers will join the luxury-travel pioneer Geoffrey Kent (no stranger to extravagant...Show More Summary

If an Ice Cap Melts in the Arctic and the GOP Doesn't See It, Did It Really Melt?

On Monday, Senator Marco Rubio (R--FL) officially entered the 2016 presidential race joining a number of other climate change deniers campaigning to run our country with their heads stuck in the tar sand. Recently Rubio stated, "I do...Show More Summary

US Coast Guard Commandant: We Are Falling Far Behind Russia in Arctic

Russia continues to expand its capabilities in the Arctic, while the United States remains practically a bystander in the region, said Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, the commandant of the US Coast Guard.

Activists Set Dates for Mass Civil Disobedience Against Shell's Arctic Drilling Rigs in Seattle

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

A very punny screenshot from the organizers' website. sHellNO.org This morning, activists announced a three-day-long "festival of resistance" against Shell's presence in Seattle between May 16 and May 18. Port commissioner Bill Bryant knew it was coming. Show More Summary

A "First Amendment" Area for Arctic Drilling Protesters Is Coming to Elliott Bay

3 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Are these people in the zone? The First Amendment zone? Amanda Lee To address whatever is going to happen when Shell's Arctic drilling fleet arrives in Seattle's port—like, oh, the presence of an unusual number of environmentalist kayakers—the...Show More Summary

The Battle to Save the Arctic from Drilling is Heating Up

Photo © Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace If you happened to be drifting in the Pacific Ocean last Monday, 750 miles northwest of Hawaii, you might have seen what looked like the opening sequence of an action movie—a rigid-hulled, inflatable boat skipped along the high seas. Show More Summary

Could Seattle activists throw a wrench in Shell’s Arctic drilling plans?

As the Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig creeps closer to Washington's shore, citizens and activists are cooking up plans to block it.

Russia Developing Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft System for Arctic

Russia's KBP Instrument Design Bureau is considering developing a special tracked version of its Pantsir (SA-22 Greyhound) self-propelled anti-aircraft gun and missile system for use in the Arctic.

Abiotic methane discovered under the Arctic Ocean

From CAGE – Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and Environment New source of methane discovered in the Arctic Ocean Methane, a highly effective greenhouse gas, is usually produced by decomposition of organic material, a complex process involving bacteria and microbes. But there is another type of methane that can appear under specific circumstances: Abiotic…

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