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ICESCAPE scientist Karen Frey taking optical measurements in a melt pond, with US Coast Guard Cutter Healy. Photo: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center / Kathryn Hansen.

Arctic at its warmest for 40,000 years

Tim Radford

10th March 2014

It's long been established that Arctic Ocean sea ice is on the retreat, writes Tim Radford. But it's the pace of change that's surprising scientists: latest studies show that the ice-free period is increasing by 5 days / decade. more...
Preservation of the fragile Arctic sea ice is essential if we are to prevent abrupt climate change. Photo: NASA.

We must prevent abrupt climate change

John Nissen

8th February 2014

Weird weather from serious flooding in the UK to acute cold and drought in the USA follows from the warming Arctic and disruptions to the jet stream, writes John Nissen. We must act now to prevent sudden changes in global climate. more...
Swan at base camp on the 2013 expedition. Photo: 2041.com.

Operation Deep South

Isabel Sepkowitz

7th February 2014

Robert Swan - the first person to walk to both North and South Poles - will lead his 10th annual International Antarctic Expedition this coming March as part of his Antarctica 2041 campaign. Isabel Sepkowitz discovered what it's all about. more...
Shell drilling vessel in the Arctic. Photo: US Coastguard.

Shell scraps 2014 Arctic drilling

The Ecologist

31st January 2014

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden has announced that the company will not attempt to drill in the Alaskan Arctic in 2014. Greenpeace responds: 'Get out for good!' more...
Alaska pipeline. Photo: toffehoff via Flickr.com.

Shell oil licences in Alaska 'unlawful'

Sophie Morlin-Yron

24th January 2014

A landmark court ruling has set back Shell's plans to drill for Arctic oil. It represents a great victory for indigenous peoples and environmental groups - and a serious setback for the oil giant's Arctic expansion. more...
Chinese arrival at the Shokalskiy. From video by Intrepid Science.

Stuck in the Antarctic ice we set out to study

Erik van Sebille

13th January 2014.

Antarctica is a desolate place. That much we know, but nothing prepares you for it until you actually get there, writes Erik can Sebille, recently escaped from an icy imprisonment. more...
M/V Akademik Shokalskiy at anchor in the Penola Strait, off Petermann Island, in Antarctica. Photo: AntarcticBoy via Flickr.com.

Global warming scientists stuck in Antarctic summer freeze?

Stephan Lewandowsky

7th January 2014

Climate change skeptics have seized on the tale of the 'global warming scientists' stranded in Antarctica by a summer freeze-up. But Stephan Lewandowsky says there is more to the story than meets the eye ... more...

Arctic 30 coming home

The Ecologist

26th December 2013

The Arctic 30 are leaving Russia. 14 have received exit stamps and all are due back home in time to celebrate the New Year. But their fight for the Arctic is only just beginning ... more...

Christmas amnesty for Arctic 30, Pussy Riot

The Ecologist

18th December 2013

The Russian Parliament has today granted amnesty to the Arctic 30. The Duma voted 446-0 in favour of the Kremlin-backed amendment that extends an Amnesty Act to those charged with hooliganism. more...
Ships at Svalbard. Photo: Christopher Ware.

Arctic at risk from invasive species

Christopher Ware

25th November 2013

As the Arctic ice melts, new shipping routes are opening up for tourism, mining and other commercial purposes, cutting journey times and fuel costs. And as Christopher Ware reports, a new danger arises - invasive alien species disrupting fragile Arctic ecosystems ... more...

Arctic 30: Greenpeace turns on Shell

The Ecologist

13th November 2013

As the detention of Greenpeace's 'Arctic 30' by Russian security services approaches its second month, a shift of campaign tactics is taking place. Now Shell, Gazprom's partner in developing oil and gas on the Arctic Shelf, is in the firing line. more...

Greenhouse gases alone are causing unprecedented Arctic warming

October 29th, 2013

A new University of Colorado Boulder study shows that human influence alone is responsible for warming in the Arctic. more...

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Hands off our Russian Arctic!

Elena Racheva

28th October 2013

Russia's seizure in international waters of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has provoked worldwide outrage. But what are the reasons for Moscow's heavy-handedness? And why has the official western response been so muted? more...

Scientists link frozen spring to dramatic Arctic sea ice loss

by John Vidal

Melting sea ice, exposing huge parts of the ocean to the atmosphere, explains extreme weather both hot and cold.... more...

Global Extinction Within One Lifetime?

Michael Brown

July 16th, 2012

Environmental chemistry student Michael Brown evaluates how seriously recent claims that global extinction could occur within our lifetime should be taken.... more...
The sun shines across the Arctic expanse.

A Student Writes….Global Extinction Within One Lifetime?

Michael Brown

16th July, 2012

Environmental chemistry student Michael Brown evaluates how seriously recent claims that global extinction could occur within out lifetime should be taken more...
Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Mark Newton

8th March, 2012

An evocative combination of stunning photography and beautiful prose drives home the natural wonder of the Arctic in Jeff Jones and Laurie Hoyle’s wonderful book more...
The Arctic: Treasure of the North

Arctic: Treasure of the North

Priyanka Mogul

17th February, 2012

Authors Bernd Römmelt and Thomas Henningsen have captured the Arctic’s stunning beauty and documented the struggle to survive in the face of climate change, says Priyanka Mogul more...
The Arctic by Greenpeace

PHOTO GALLERY: The Arctic - Treasure of the North

Bernd Rommelt & Thomas Henningsen

1st February, 2012

A new book of stunning photos of the Arctic documents the wonder of one of the last wilderness regions on the planet more...
Arctic ice melt

TAKE ACTION to stop Arctic oil drilling

Hannah Corr

19th October, 2011

Greenpeace are calling for a curb on Arctic oil exploration in order to save this fragile wilderness more...
Reindeer herders

Sami reindeer herders struggle against Arctic oil and gas expansion

Joel Tozer

19th October, 2011

Climate change and a rise in oil and gas exploration are bringing a host of problems for the indigenous Sami reindeer herders in the Arctic regions more...
polar bear

Why Arctic Ocean oil drilling is a risky choice

Rick Steiner

19th October, 2011

It's not a question of ‘if' a major spill will occur in the Arctic, but ‘when and where', says conservation biologist and oil industry expert Rick Steiner more...
Arctic ice

Putin’s Russia will lead a ‘new era of Arctic industrialisation’

Tom Levitt

19th October, 2011

The isolation of the white wilderness is coming to an end. Scientists and activists are urging caution but Russia is leading an urgent rush to exploit the Arctic’s oil and gas reserves. Tom Levitt reports more...
Oil corruption

How oil and corruption have become so closely linked

Eifion Rees

19th October, 2011

As a new oil-fever gathers pace in Arctic countries such as Greenland the lesson from history is that where there is oil, corruption will quickly follow. Eifion Rees reports more...
Arctic ice melt

Arctic will become 'more of a Mediterranean than a frozen border'

Rosie Spinks

October 19th, 2011

The Arctic was once out of reach to anyone but intrepid explorers. Today it's a natural resource battle ground. Arctic expert Charles Emmerson tells the Ecologist what's changed more...

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