Pentagon warns about risk of Chinese submarines in Arctic

Asia Pacific May 3, 2019

Pentagon warns about risk of Chinese submarines in Arctic

Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could also pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday. The assessment is included in the U.S. ...

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts — with new quotas

World Sep 13, 2018

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts — with new quotas

The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic. The vote confirmed a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) for nutritional and ...

Ice caps live-blogging human history

World / Science & Health Jun 14, 2018

Ice caps live-blogging human history

by Faye Flam

At the dawn of the 20th century, when the first humans set foot on Antarctica's seemingly pristine ice cap, pollution had beaten them there. Lead and other heavy metals quickly amassed in the ice in 1888 and beyond, leaving a record of the industrial revolution. ...

Bowhead whales improvise when singing

World / Science & Health Apr 4, 2018

Bowhead whales improvise when singing

Some whales are taking jazz riffs to new depths. For the first time, scientists have eavesdropped year-round on the songs of bowhead whales, the little-heard whales that roam the Arctic under the ice. They found that bowheads — the bigger, more blubbery cousins of the ...