Aug 22, 2014

Canada to push Arctic claim in Europe

Canada’s top diplomat will discuss the Arctic with his Scandinavian counterparts in Denmark and Norway next week, it was announced Thursday, a trip that will raise suspicions in Russia. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will specifically bring up “the challenges and opportunities facing the ...

State Department plans Arctic representative

Feb 15, 2014

State Department plans Arctic representative

The U.S. State Department plans to create an Arctic representative position to highlight the growing importance of that region. In letters sent to Alaska’s two U.S. senators, Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, Secretary of State John Kerry said he planned to name a “high-level ...

Jan 9, 2014

Canada breaks ground on road to Arctic coast

Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially broke ground Wednesday on the first all-season highway to Canada’s Arctic coast, which promises to open up resource development in the far north. The $185 million extension of the Dempster Highway is to connect Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, a hamlet ...

U.S. is far from leading global battle for the Arctic

Jan 2, 2014

U.S. is far from leading global battle for the Arctic

The U.S. is racing to keep pace with increasing global activity in the Arctic frontier, but it is far from being in the lead. Nations are hurrying to stake claims to the Arctic’s resources, which might be home to 13 percent of the world’s ...

Dec 21, 2013

Russia starts pumping oil at Arctic rig raided by Greenpeace

Russia’s state-held energy giant Gazprom said Friday it had launched production at an Arctic oil rig raided in September by 30 Greenpeace activists whom the authorities later detained for two months. The landmark announcement marked the formal start of Russia’s long-planned effort to turn ...

Dec 15, 2013

Could felling trees help cool the planet?

It is an article of faith that preserving trees is critical to cooling our warming planet. Millions of hectares of forest are wiped out every year, cut down to make room for agriculture and, increasingly, urban growth, mostly in developing nations. Such deforestation is ...

Canada, Russia on collision course over North Pole

Dec 6, 2013

Canada, Russia on collision course over North Pole

Canada is expected to apply to the United Nations on Friday to expand its Arctic sea boundary with an eye to claiming the North Pole, setting it on a collision course with Russia and Denmark. The already large claim, which according to a recent ...

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 ...