Shell Arctic oil drilling to start within fortnight

Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks.

6 July 2015Arctic-Info 0 comments 

Genome study brings mammoth back from the dead

The genetic adaptations which allowed woolly mammoths to endure severe Arctic conditions has been found.

6 July 2015Arctic-Info 0 comments 

Colorful Arctic animals photos could help scientists

New photographs of fluorescent sea creatures on the Arctic seafloor could help researchers determine how much methane will make its way to the atmosphere and contribute to climate change.

3 July 2015Arctic-Info 0 comments 

Archaeologists study ancient 'Gog and Magog' ritual site in Russian Arctic 

Archaeologists set out to study an ancient ritual sacrifice site in the Russian Arctic, associated with Biblical prophecies, in a race against time as soil erosion continues to sweep away the artifacts.

2 July 2015Arctic-Info 0 comments 

New Arctic research projects to start

The Scottish Association for Marine Science has announced the start of two research projects in the Arctic.

1 July 2015Arctic-Info 0 comments 

Canadian government expanded the list of anti-Russia sanctions

New Ottawa’s anti-Russian sanctions include 3 individuals and 14 legal entities.

30 June 2015Arctic-Info 0 comments 

Canada creates Polar Medal for Arctic explorers

The Canadian government announced the creation of a new medal to honor people who’ve made a difference in Canada’s North.

29 June 2015Arctic-Info 0 comments 

American widower to ride motorcycle to Arctic Circle

Bob Pocreva, an 80-year-old retired Air Force pilot, is on a motorcycle headed for the Arctic Circle.

29 June 2015Arctic-Info 0 comments 

Shell's Arctic drilling to become threat for Pacific walrus

A number of environmental groups are asking the Department of the Interior to rescind permission Shell has been granted to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic this summer because the company's plan would not protect the walrus.

26 June 2015Arctic-Info 0 comments 
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The Guimbarde (Jew’s harp) Museum in Yakutsk

is the only one in the world, and the exhibition includes the most ancient musical instruments from around the world, made of wood, bamboo, bone and metal. The collection includes approximately 1000 exhibits dedicated to guimbarde music.

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30.06.15 
Harvard Political Review
The Arctic’s Human Voice

At the foot of the Bassečohka Mountain, thousands of reindeer lumber through the snow in tandem. In a sea of antlers, fur, and hooves, they seem indistinguishable. But closer inspection reveals several patterns notched gently and painlessly on the skin of their ears. 

26.06.15 
The Independent
Arctic cruise: A polar adventure from Greenland to Canada

The Arctic is like the Sahara, a place where everything is reduced to essence. It is a continent that, unlike so many others, we can neither domesticate nor reduce to servitude; a place where mountains come to die in polar deserts, glaciers calve vast orphan icebergs and an ineffable light washes across a dark unfathomable sea, stretching to infinite sky. In its 5.5 million square miles of emptiness, only the hardiest survive. 

10.06.15 
Cornell Chronicle
Saving puffins and 'King Penguin,' too

“Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock” (Yale University Press, 2015) is written by Stephen W. Kress, Ph.D. ’72, director of the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Restoration Program, with Boston Globe associate editor Derrick Z. Jackson. 

01.06.15 
www.cbc.ca
Exploding Arctic snow geese numbers stabilizing, but still high

After more than a decade of devastating huge swaths of Arctic tundra, booming populations of snow geese may have finally stabilized. But scientists say the teeming flocks, which have turned fertile grasslands into salty mud flats, are still at unheard-of levels and have forced wildlife managers to consider a whole new problem.  

01.06.15 
theguardian.com
Rapid Arctic ice loss linked to extreme weather changes in Europe and US

Arctic is warming faster than elsewhere, triggering changes in the jet stream which will create more extreme weather in western Europe and North America, researchers say. 

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www.greenbaypressgazette.com
Snowy owl makes elusive photo subject

The Outagamie County Regional Airport's owl has been leading me on quite a chase. It's a snowy owl, an occasional visitor from the arctic who takes a foodie vacation in Wisconsin when its favorite rodent back home, the lemming, falls into short supply.

Added 18.02.15 
Business Insider
The best images of the Arctic we've ever seen

NASA just took some of the best images of the Arctic we've ever seen.

Added 05.07.14 
Greenpeace
Lego, we’re feeling sad too

We’re sad to see such a popular, well-loved brand like Lego being used by Shell, with the willingness of Lego’s bosses, to help clean up its disreputable image.