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  • US awakens to risk of China-Russia alliance in the Arctic; New navy secretary calls for a significant presence in the northern seas

    05/26/2020 10:43:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | 05/26/2020 | KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asian Review chief desk editor
    When the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee convened a hearing to confirm the new Secretary of Navy Kenneth Braithwaite, the word "Arctic" was mentioned 35 times. It topped other hot topics such as "China" and "Russia," which each received 22 mentions, and far outweighed "North Korea," which was raised just six times, reflecting the new interest in the topic in Washington. "The Chinese and the Russians are everywhere," Braithwaite told senators on May 7, referring to the Arctic region. "Especially the Chinese. You'd be alarmed at the amount of Chinese activity off the coast of Norway in the High North,...
  • The Karluk Disaster

    11/12/2019 11:36:03 PM PST · by robowombat · 6 replies
    The Karluk Disaster In the summer of 1913, the wooden-hulled Karluk departed Canada for the western Arctic. On board were 10 scientists, 13 crewmembers, four Inuit hunters, one seamstress, her two children, and one passenger. Of these, 11 never returned and most were not heard from again until September 1914. During their 13-month exile, expedition members survived for seven months amid the drifting and inhospitable Arctic ice floes before establishing camp on an uninhabited island hundreds of miles north of Siberia. The wooden-hulled Karluk departed Canada for the western Arctic in June 1913. It became solidly trapped in sea ice...
  • Beaver Invasion Could Speed Artic Warming

    12/29/2017 12:51:09 PM PST · by packrat35 · 53 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | 12/29/2017 | Weather Channel
    Beaver Invasion Could Speed Artic Warming
  • Artic Refuge Still Scarred 30 Years Later

    12/29/2017 1:03:56 PM PST · by packrat35 · 47 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | 12/28/2017 | The Weather Channel
    Thirty years after an oil well was drilled at an Arctic wildlife refuge, the effects are still visible from space.
  • Fight to save Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling is not over

    12/21/2017 2:52:33 PM PST · by MAGA2017 · 49 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/21/2017 | Seattle Times Editors
    During her nearly four years as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell said, oil companies did not pressure her about opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling. Politicians, however, were a different story. Jewell says she heard about the issue repeatedly from Alaska’s governor and members of Congress, who were worried about a state budget crisis amid plummeting oil prices and declining local production. The state of Alaska, which lacks a sales tax and an income tax, relies on oil revenues to pay for the vast majority of its state budget, as well as fund...
  • Obama Oil Drilling Ban on Thin Ice

    12/24/2016 5:14:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 24, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    resident Obama apparently wants his legacy to be one of energy starvation for the United States and dependence on foreign energy from friendly places like Saudi Arabia and Iran. His ban on offshore drilling in federally owned waters off our Atlantic and Arctic coasts makes no sense, either environmentally or economically. As the Washington Times notes, Obama thinks he can get away with it: Vowing that his successor won’t be able to reverse his actions, President Obama on Tuesday used executive authority to permanently ban new offshore drilling in federally owned waters off the Atlantic coast and in the Arctic...
  • Sarah Palin: Russia Wins While America Sits On It’s Ass (trunc)

    12/21/2016 2:54:17 PM PST · by Bratch · 34 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 12-21-2016 | Sarah Palin
    Full title: Sarah Palin: Russia Wins While America Sits On Its Ass (pardon my Великорусский язык) Russia just built and employed icebreakers to control Northern passageways while busily flagging life-sustaining resource-rich underseas acreage, with zero pushback from the U.S In laymen’s terms, The Great Bear seized on America’s weak “uni-party” that controls our government, and watched our politicians go along to get along with Obama’s agenda built on disdain for an “all of the above” energy plan, a nonchalant attitude about bankrupting our government, and overall ignorance about purpose of national borders. Way to go Democrats. And capitulating Republicans. The uni-party was...
  • Obama Blocks Offshore Driling In Arctic, Atlantic Oceans (Backstabber in Chief)

    12/21/2016 1:48:43 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 29 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | December 20, 2016 | ZeroHedge
    In a move that will likely be overturned promptly by the administration of Donald Trump, president Obama on Tuesday formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, responding to a call from environmentalists who say the government needs to do more to prevent drilling in environmentally sensitive areas of U.S.-controlled oceans. The president had been expected to take the action by invoking a provision in a 1953 law that governs Outer Continental Shelf offshore leases, and he did just that to block drilling in federal waters in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea and most...
  • Canada military probes mysterious Arctic pinging noise

    11/04/2016 5:19:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/04/2016
    The Canadian military has investigated a mysterious pinging sound coming from the sea floor in a remote region of the Arctic, officials have told the BBC. ... But the military says it is so far unable to explain the cause of the "acoustic anomalies". "The [aircraft] crew did not detect any surface or sub-surface contacts," the military said in a statement released to the BBC. ... A spokesman in the department of national defence in Ottawa said the cause of the pinging noise - which locals say can even be heard through the hulls of boats - remains a mystery....
  • Video: USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces at the Arctic circle for ICEX 2016

    03/20/2016 8:53:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | March 20, 2016 | By Mike Goad
    New video of submarine surfacing through ice. ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 10, 2016) USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces in the Arctic Circle near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. Servicemembers and civilians assigned to Arctic Submarine Lab clear ice from the hatches to allow for surface access.ICEX is a five-week exercise designed to research, test, and evaluate operational capabilities in the region. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson and Staff Sgt. LINKUSS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces at the Arctic circle for ICEX 2016
  • Shell’s Arctic Ambitions Held Up In Seattle

    05/06/2015 7:54:23 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-05-2015 | The Balvenie
    Shell’s ambitious plans to finally return to the Arctic face yet another hurdle, one that could delay drilling once again. Shell is using the port of Seattle as its base for some of its vessels that it will use in the Arctic. Seattle has been a launching point for Shell in the past (and has hosted Alaskan drilling equipment for decades), but a new greener municipal government is taking a harder look at Shell’s operations. Spurred on by Shell’s error-ridden 2012 campaign in the Arctic that culminated in the grounding of the Kulluk, environmental groups have mustered up some political...
  • Anaheim's new ARTIC: icon or eyesore?

    11/24/2014 10:36:15 AM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 24, 2014 | Art Marroquin
    ANAHEIM – By day, county Supervisor Shawn Nelson sees a sand crab when he drives past the new transit hub in his district. By night, he thinks “disco roller rink” when colorful lights illuminate the building. “I don’t think this is what the taxpayers had in mind,” said Nelson, who is also board chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority. Many local architects, however, call the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, set to open Dec. 6., a modern marvel and the future of transportation.
  • NUNAVIK'S LOG BOOK (Via the Northwest Passage 2014)

    10/25/2014 1:40:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    fednav.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Ship's Log
    NUNAVIK'S LOG BOOK October 17, 2014 ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION The MV Nunavik recently completed its historic voyage through the Northwest Passage. We wish to thank:  Captain Randy Rose and his crew for their safe and efficient navigation; Tim Keane and Gary Bishop for eloquently sharing this adventure with us;  valued customer, Canadian Royalties; our Fednav Arctic team in Montreal; and our faithful readers. This project has been a memorable one for us all, thank you for following our journey. Your friends at Fednav
  • ‘The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed’

    09/01/2014 8:29:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    The headline is a quote by Dr. Judith Curry from a David Rose article in the Sunday Mail: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago…despite Al Gore’s prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now. The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his...
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy Confuses Arctic with Antarctic at Global Warming Debate

    02/17/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Arctic, Antarctic, who cares? The science is settled. Just look at this hockey stick. So what if it’s really a baseball bat. The science is settled, I tell you. We settled it one weekend and now it’s settled for good. At 8 min. 30 seconds in, Nye holds up a picture of Arctic and asks: ‘Would you say that the Antarctic has less ice than it used to?’Climate Depot’s Answer: NO! See: Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is on track to have highest minimum in modern satellite era! – ‘Sea Ice Extent is 27.4% above normal as of Feb 7 2014′Er,...
  • NPR finally gets it – does this signal an end to the polar bear as poster bear for global warming?

    02/04/2013 10:46:37 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 4, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Image from Tundrabuggy.com – comedy added by WUWTFrom NPR: The Inconvenient Truth About Polar BearsIn 2008, reports of polar bears’ inevitable march toward extinction gripped headlines. Stories of thinning Arctic ice and even polar bear cannibalism combined to make these predators into a powerful symbol in the debate about climate change.The headlines caught Zac Unger’s attention, and he decided to write a book about the bears.Unger made a plan to move to Churchill, Manitoba, a flat, gray place on the Hudson Bay in northern Canada accessible only by train or plane. For a few months out of the year,...
  • Opinion: War over the Arctic?

    08/03/2012 8:20:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    The Record ^ | 08.02.12 | Gwynne Dyer
    RUSSIAN television contacted me last night asking me to go on a program about the race for Arctic resources. The ice is melting fast, and it was all the usual stuff about how there will be big strategic conflicts over the seabed resources – especially oil and gas – that become accessible when it’s gone. The media always love conflict, and now that the Cold War is long gone, there’s no other potential military confrontation between the great powers to worry about. Governments around the Arctic Ocean are beefing up their armed forces for the coming struggle, so where are...
  • Was the Northeast Passage first navigated in 1660? ( reduced Arctic sea ice then??)

    02/14/2012 6:45:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Whats up With That? ^ | February 13, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    If true, it suggests periods of reduced Arctic sea ice during that time that made this feat possible.Reposted from the blog Ecotretas with permission A graphical comparison between the North East Passage (blue) and an alternative route through Suez Canal (red) David Melgueiro, a Portuguese navigator, might have been the first to navigate the Northeast Passage (known now as Northern Sea Route), between 1660 and 1662, more than 200 years before Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld, who did it ​​in 1878. One of the most detailed accounts for this voyage is given by Eduardo Brazão in The Corte-Real family and the New...
  • The awe-inspiring and breathtaking pictures of life and survival on our melting polar worlds

    10/15/2011 1:39:23 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 15th 2011 | Craig Mackenzie
    These stunning images reveal a remarkable glimpse of life at the ends of the earth. Our melting polar worlds have been captured in breathtaking pictures by the BBC for this autumn's landmark natural history series Frozen Planet. It is the last chance to see the world's greatest wildernesses before they change forever, according to narrator Sir David Attenborough. 'The pictures captured behaviour and phenomena that had never before been recorded,' said Sir David, 85. 'Those pictures will become increasingly valuable as time passes. 'For this may well prove to be our last chance to record, in their full splendour, these...
  • Russia Pushes To Claim Arctic As Its Own

    08/18/2011 10:12:57 PM PDT · by americanophile · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | August 16, 2011 | David Greene
    Four years ago, Russian researchers made a bold, if unseen, move. From a submarine, deep beneath the icy waters of the North Pole, they planted a Russian flag on the ocean floor. Russia has the world's longest Arctic border, which stretches more than 10,000 miles. And for Russia, that 2007 research mission was only the beginning of a major drive to claim ownership of vast portions of the Arctic, as well as the oil and gas deposits that are beneath. At present, Russia has some islands in the Arctic Ocean. But aside from that, the country's northern border effectively ends...