Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

Nov 13, 2014

Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

Russia’s long-range bombers will conduct regular patrol missions from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, the military said Wednesday, a show of muscle reflecting tensions with the West over Ukraine. A statement from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu came as ...

Oct 14, 2014

Hagel: Climate change will challenge U.S. military

Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America’s military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. ...

Aug 22, 2014

Canada to push Arctic claim in Europe

Canada’s top diplomat will discuss the Arctic with his Scandinavian counterparts in Denmark and Norway next week, it was announced Thursday, a trip that will raise suspicions in Russia. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will specifically bring up “the challenges and opportunities facing the ...

State Department plans Arctic representative

Feb 15, 2014

State Department plans Arctic representative

The U.S. State Department plans to create an Arctic representative position to highlight the growing importance of that region. In letters sent to Alaska’s two U.S. senators, Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, Secretary of State John Kerry said he planned to name a “high-level ...

Jan 9, 2014

Canada breaks ground on road to Arctic coast

Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially broke ground Wednesday on the first all-season highway to Canada’s Arctic coast, which promises to open up resource development in the far north. The $185 million extension of the Dempster Highway is to connect Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, a hamlet ...

U.S. is far from leading global battle for the Arctic

Jan 2, 2014

U.S. is far from leading global battle for the Arctic

The U.S. is racing to keep pace with increasing global activity in the Arctic frontier, but it is far from being in the lead. Nations are hurrying to stake claims to the Arctic’s resources, which might be home to 13 percent of the world’s ...

Dec 21, 2013

Russia starts pumping oil at Arctic rig raided by Greenpeace

Russia’s state-held energy giant Gazprom said Friday it had launched production at an Arctic oil rig raided in September by 30 Greenpeace activists whom the authorities later detained for two months. The landmark announcement marked the formal start of Russia’s long-planned effort to turn ...

Dec 15, 2013

Could felling trees help cool the planet?

It is an article of faith that preserving trees is critical to cooling our warming planet. Millions of hectares of forest are wiped out every year, cut down to make room for agriculture and, increasingly, urban growth, mostly in developing nations. Such deforestation is ...