Dec 31, 2015

Freak winter heat wave pushes North Pole above freezing

Temperatures at the North Pole rose above the freezing point Wednesday, 20 degrees Celsius above the midwinter norm and the latest abnormality in a season of odd weather. Canadian weather authorities blamed the temperature spike on the freak depression that brought record Christmas temperatures ...

Arctic's strategic value draws new scrutiny from Russia, U.S.

Nov 1, 2015

Arctic's strategic value draws new scrutiny from Russia, U.S.

In 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama, laying out a national strategy for the region, said the Arctic was “peaceful, stable, and free of conflict.” But just two years later, the rapid retreat of ocean ice cover, a newly emboldened Russia and the covetous gaze ...

Oct 22, 2015

Increasingly assertive Russia builds Arctic military base

The Russian defense ministry says it has built a giant military base in the far northern Arctic where 150 soldiers can live autonomously for up to 18 months. The ministry said Tuesday that the building, erected on the large island of Alexandra Land, part ...