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 ...

Alaska OKs hunting musk oxen standed on ice floes

Oct 16, 2015

Alaska OKs hunting musk oxen standed on ice floes

Alaska big game officials have legalized an unusual hunt that will take a boat and a bold hand. Starting Thursday, Alaska residents can harvest musk oxen that wander onto Bering Sea ice and become stranded when floes break and drift off. Musk oxen stranded ...

In warming Arctic, mosquitoes may multiply

Sep 16, 2015

In warming Arctic, mosquitoes may multiply

Rising temperatures in the Arctic may be good news for mosquitoes, which prosper with warmer weather. Researchers said on Tuesday that increasing temperatures are enabling Arctic mosquitoes to grow more quickly and emerge sooner from their pupal stage, greatly expanding their numbers and menacing ...

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 ...