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 ...