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The Arctic to attract huge investment over the coming decade

In a report produced by Lloyd’s in co-operation with Chatham House, Arctic opening: opportunity and risk in the High North, Arctic is expected to attract huge amount of investment over the coming decade. The report estimates the investment to exceed $100 billion. The exact amount of investment might depend a variety of factors like oil […]

Arctic ice cover second lowest Level

Last month the extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean declined to the second-lowest extent on record. Satellite data from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado in Boulder showed that the summertime sea ice cover narrowly avoided a new record low. The September 9, […]

Structures in the Arctic

Arctic being cold and un-welcoming for human settlement, it has remained one of the most inhabitable places in the earth. That doesn’t mean human activities will not exist in the area. People have been living in the Arctic region for various activities including research, exploration, and oil drilling. These activities require job specific structures to […]

Walruses started hauling out on the Alaska shore

Earlier than normal decrease in sea ice and the movement of walruses towards shore has worried the environments and wild life conservationists.  Two large haul-outs of walrus seen on Aug. 17, 2011, near a beach north of Point Lay. Total number of walrus is estimated to be 8,000 in the area. Credit: Blaine Thorn, via […]

Shrinking Greenland ice sheet

Following the trend of melting of the ice in the Arctic, Greenland’s ice sheet and glaciers are shrinking at an alarming rate. Melting of ice in Greenland sends huge icebergs (like the one that blocked the Newfoundland’s Goose Cove harbor) and gushing water in the Atlantic. The melting threatens to raise ocean level causing flooding […]

Melting of Arctic ice to pause for a decade?

A NCAR research team has found that the Arctic ice, under current climate conditions, might expand for about a decade before it follows the current declining trend. The study published in Geophysical Research Letters, Read more in this UCAR article. Title: Interannual to multidecadal Arctic sea ice extent trends in a warming world Authors: Jennifer […]

Arctic to be ice-free soon – melting at 4x faster than predicted?

With the record decrease in ice extent and volume, the threat of global warming on the global climate has turned out to be very real. Many are alarmed and frustrated on the realization that there is nothing much they can do, except of course, to dump the pop can they used during lunch in the […]

Climate scientist: optimistic on Ice-free Arctic

US Climate scientist has told that the Arctic will be practically ice-free during the summer within thirty years. By the rate the ice cover is decreasing, the estimate looks highly possible. The climate change in that time can bring some good as well as bad changes in the earth. While talking with CNN, Mark Serreze, […]

Record low Arctic ice cover in July

The average Arctic ice cover of about 7.92 million square kilometers (3.06 million square miles), during the month of July, is the new record in lowest Arctic ice cover for the month.  (clicking on the image on the left takes to the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s original image). The according to a report […]

Arctic scientist’s suspension from job questioned

Charles Monnet, a wildlife researcher with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, (BOEMRE), is "suspended from his job for mysterious reasons" on July 18. He received his official letter on August 1st asking Monnet to meet government investigators on August 9. Guardian reports that he will be asked about his compliance […]