Dec 5, 2013

Economic activity in Arctic 'new menace to polar bears'

Oil exploration and increased sea traffic in the Arctic are encroaching on the polar bear’s habitat, adding to the existing climate change risk, representatives of Arctic nations said at a Moscow conference Wednesday. “Today we face new challenges with the ship traffic increase and ...

Canada to claim North Pole: report

Dec 5, 2013

Canada to claim North Pole: report

Canada’s prime minister has ordered the inclusion of the North Pole in the country’s Arctic claim after it was excluded from a proposed U.N. submission, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Canada will still meet a Dec. 6 deadline for filing an application to the United ...

Nov 12, 2013

Tokyo ready for talks on Arctic with Nordic, Baltic nations

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday expressed Tokyo’s readiness to closely communicate with Nordic and Baltic countries over its possible involvement in the development of the resource-rich Arctic. Japan shares with Norway, Estonia and six other European countries the “principles of using resources in ...

Jun 25, 2013

Melting ice brings continents closer

The town of Kirkenes in the northernmost portion of Norway used to be further away from Asia than virtually any other European port, but it suddenly seems a lot closer. The reason: global warming. Melting ice has opened up the Northern Sea Route along ...

Apr 2, 2013

Explosive greening in Arctic Circle predicted

Land within the Arctic Circle is likely to experience explosive greening in the next few decades as grass, shrubs and trees thrive in soil stripped of ice and permafrost by global warming, according to a new study. Wooded areas in the Arctic could increase ...