Jul 17, 2015

Polar bears can't conserve energy when fasting

A study of an Alaska polar bear population in summer concludes the bear’s biology will not help stave off starvation in the face of global warming. The study of southern Beaufort Sea polar bears by university, federal and private researchers over three years concludes ...

Jul 16, 2015

Northern Canada proposes potential Arctic oil pipeline

Canada’s provincial Northwest Territories government has been talking to pipeline companies about shipping crude oil through the Arctic, according to the territory’s minister in charge of resource development. David Ramsay, the territory’s minister of industry, and N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod, have been touting the ...

Genome study reveals how the woolly mammoth thrived in the cold

Jul 3, 2015

Genome study reveals how the woolly mammoth thrived in the cold

Woolly mammoths spent their lives enduring extreme Arctic conditions including frigid temperatures, an arid environment and the relentless cycle of dark winters and bright summers. An exhaustive genetic analysis of these bygone Ice Age giants and their living cousins, Asian and African elephants, has ...

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

May 15, 2015

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet the rig ...

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. ...