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Arctic News Archive - People, expeditions and governmental issues

A collection of older (2004-2005) news items that relate to people, expeditions, and government issues in the Arctic. All links will take you to sites outside of PRISM. Use your back button to return.

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    December, 2005

  • December 21, 2005 - Senate blocks Alaska oil drilling - BBC
    The US Senate has narrowly blocked a Republican-led attempt to allow drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Supporters of the plan fell four votes short of the number needed to prevent opponents using a filibuster - or delaying tactic - to derail the vote.

  • December 1, 2005 - Melting Arctic Ice Risks Canada US Territorial Dispute - TerraDaily
    Global warming is melting the Arctic ice so fast that a new sea route is opening up between the Atlantic and the Pacific -- and with it the risk of a territorial dispute between Canada and the United States. The US insists these are international waters, whereas Canada claims sovereignty over the area.


  • November, 2005

  • November 29, 2005 - Declare Arctic Vulnerable, Aboriginal Leaders Urge - CBC
    The Inuit Circumpolar Conference has called for designating the Arctic as "vulnerable" under the UN Climate Change Treaty.

  • November 28, 2005 - Alaska Corporations Split on ANWR Revenues - Washington Press (UPI)
    Alaska native corporations say revenue should be shared between them if the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve is opened to oil drilling. On the other hand, the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. claims that it has exclusive claims under an agreement made during the Reagan administration.

  • November 24, 2005 - Oil Spill Detected From Norne Ship - Rigzone
    An oil spill was observed on November 23rd near the Transocean Arctic semisubmersible rig which is drilling on the Statoil-operated Norne satellites in the Norwegian Sea. Diagram of Norne satellites from Statoil. Information about drilling rigs such as the Transocean Arctic.

  • November 21, 2005 - Norway Mounts Crackdown On Illegal Arctic Fishing - Aftenposten
    Norway's coast guard wants to boost the number of patrol vessels it has in the Barents Sea next year, part of a new crackdown on illegal fishing in the Arctic.

  • November 21, 2005 - Arctic Trek Adventure For Girl, 13 - Mirror
    An intrepid girl of 13 was yesterday preparing to become one of the youngest people to trek across Baffin Island.

  • November 20, 2005 - Budget Plan Wins House Battle, Heads For Skirmishes With Senate - St. Louis Post Dispatch
    The newest budget bill passed the House only after GOP leaders jettisoned a plan to allow oil exploration in an Alaskan wilderness area (ANWR). But pro-drilling advocates in both the House and Senate are sure to insist on restoring the provision during negotiations next month; it's already in the Senate's plan.

  • November 19, 2005 - Statoil and Chevron Tie Up For Arctic Exploration - Pipeline
    Norwegian energy group Statoil has signed an agreement to cooperate with the US company Chevron to explore the Arctic Barents Sea. Similar story from East Bay Business Times.

  • November 18, 2005 - Oil Giant To Drill Farther Off Alaska Shore - MSNBC
    For eight years after striking oil in the ice-choked Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast, BP officials pondered what to do with the discovery.

  • November 18, 2005 - Cape Dorset Filmmaker Preserves Ancient Inuit Tale - CBC
    Cape Dorset filmmaker John Houston's latest project is to film an ancient Inuit story about Kiviuq, a prophet, warrior and trickster who existed at the time of creation. To do so, he is interviewing elders who remember the stories about Kiviuq.

  • November 18, 2005 - Ottawa Offers $2.8B Aid For Arctic Pipeline - Edmonton Journal
    The Canadian government lit a fire under the frozen Arctic natural gas megaprojectby offering up to $2.8 billion in new aid. This package would include loan guarantees for native partners and aid for industry sponsors.

  • November 17, 2005 - Oil Majors Split on Norway Barents Exploration Potential - Rig Zone
    Several International oil majors have applied for licenses to drill in the Barents Sea, but others seem to be abstaining at this time.

  • November 14, 2005 - Oil Minister Steps On The Gas - Aftenposten
    Norway's new oil minister looks set to blast through many of the environmental concerns even his own government partners have about more oil and gas exploration in the Arctic.

  • November 7, 2005 - Ship Blockaded to Save Lapland Forests - IOL
    Greenpeace International protesters blockaded a ship loading a cargo of paper in Finland on Monday to protest the logging of ancient forests in Lapland.

  • November 7, 2005 - Russia, Norway To Discuss Fishing Off Arctic Islands - Novosti
    Russia and Norway will discuss the fishing situation near Spitsbergen Island in the Svalbard archipelago administered by Norway, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said Monday.

  • November 5, 2005 - US Lifts Ban On Oil Drilling In Alaska - Tapei Times
    The US Senate reversed a decades-old ban on drilling in a pristine Alaska refuge, opening the area for oil exploration in what critics derided as a political ploy that will do little to allay U.S. dependence on foreign oil. With a 51-48 vote on Thursday, the Senate approved requiring the Interior Department to begin selling oil leases for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) within two years. Senators also overwhelmingly voted to ban exporting any of the crude from the region. Similar story from MSNBC - Anchorage.

  • November 4, 2005 - Art For Arctic's Sake - Financial Times
    Earlier this year, British artist David Buckland led his third "Cape Farewell" expedition of artists, writers and scientists to the Svalbard archipelago, high up in the Arctic Circle. Buckland's purpose was to enable expedition members to witness both the sublime beauty of the Arctic and the damage climate change is inflicting on the region - and to encourage them to create an artistic response to their findings.


  • October, 2005

  • October 25, 2005 - Pipeline Delays Could Cost Canadians $57.7B Over 20 Years - Rigzone
    The Mackenzie gas pipeline projectwas shut down in April of this year, but energy moguls say that progress has been made in resolving some of the issues. Those issues are related to who should pay for land rights and social programs for the natives whose land will be used. The group warned that continued delays will cost Canadians billions of dollars.

  • October 25, 2005 - Majescor Acquires Diamond-Uranium Project From De Beers in Eastern Arctic - Stockhouse
    Majescor has announced that it has signed an agreement giving Majescor an option on De Beers' Baker Lake project located some 50 km west of the town of Baker Lake, in the eastern Arctic area of Nunavut. The project has both diamond and uranium potential. More about Baker Lake.

  • October 25, 2005 - The Arctic's New Gold Rush - BBC
    A predicted thaw in the Arctic ice cover combined with a search for energy supplies is leading to a new "gold rush" in the high north, bringing diplomatic problems in its wake as five countries vie for access to resources.

  • October 25, 2005 - Russia-Norway Ocean Standoff Continues - The Australian
    Two Russian ships have continued Tuesday to defy Norwegian coast guard orders to head for a Norwegian port after being stopped in the Barents Sea for allegedly illegal fishing. The vessels were found fishing near Norway's Svaalbard archipeligo.

  • October 25, 2005 - Arctic Hunters Reconsider Age-Old Traditions As Caribou Herds Shrink - Canada.com
    Northern hunters are considering changes to age-old traditions in the face of shrinking caribou herds that in some cases have declined by more than three-quarters.

  • October 24, 2005 - Bill Would Give States Greater Authority Over Offshore Drilling - The State (SC)
    Representative Richard Pombo introduced legislation that would allow states that want more oil revenues to individually break a federal moratorium on most offshore oil drilling. This bill would also open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling.

  • October 21, 2005 - Russians Hand Over Norwegian Inspectors - IOL
    Russia handed two relieved fisheries inspectors back to Norway on Thursday after they had spent six days on a Russian trawler which fled after the Norwegian navy accused it of illegal fishing.

  • October 20, 2005 - When Is The Arctic No Longer The Arctic - International Herald Tribune
    Changes in the Arctic are detailed along with their impact on people in Alaska, Norway and Canada.

  • October 20, 2005 - Russian Ship Reaches Port, Pursued by Norwegians - International Herald Tribune
    The Russian fishing trawler, Elektron, was seized earlier this week by a Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel for illegal fishing in Norwegian waters. But the trawler took off for port with two Norwegian inspectors still aboard. That trawler has now reached Russian waters.

  • October 19, 2005 - RCMP Report Absolves Force of Sled Dog Slaughter - British Columbia Environmental Network
    Many Inuit have contended for years that they were driven off their land and into communities in the 1950s by a systematic Canadian goverment and Royal Canadian Mounted Police plan to kill the sled dogs they depended upon. But a interim inquiry by the RCMP says that there is no evidence of an organized mass slaughter. The Inuit say that letting the culprits investigate themselves will only result in a report that whitewashes the actions of the agency.

  • October 19, 2005 - Alasks Refuge Drilling OK'd In Committee - Guardian Unlimited
    The Senate Energy Committee voted Wednesday to include drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge in a massive budget proposal, assuring that drilling opponents won't be able to use the filibuster to thwart oil development there.


  • September, 2005

  • September 29, 2005 - De Beers, Peregrine Hunt For Diamonds In Canadian Arctic - Bloomberg
    Two companies are working tirelessly in the Canadian Northwest Territories to locate a "pipeline" of kimberlite, in hopes of having a big diamond strike.

  • September 29, 2005 - House Proposal To Drill In ANWR Advances - Seattle Times
    Legislation that would end the longtime ban on energy development along most of the country's coasts and open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling advanced yesterday in the House, due to concerns about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the oil and gas industry.

  • September 19, 2005 - Canada, Denmark To Call A Truce Over Disputed Hans Island - myTELUS
    Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew and his Danish counterpart, Per Stig Moller, plan for the two countries to draft a protocol for managing their dealings over Hans Island which has been the bone of contention for several months now.

  • September 16, 2005 - Russian Polar Explorers Choose Ice Floe For New Arctic Station - Novosti
    An ice floe, located at 75 degrees north latitude and 120 degrees east longitude, has been chosen as the place for the Russian North Pole-34 drifting station in the Arctic Ocean. The station will open in two days and will replace North Pole-33.

  • September 16, 2005 - Statoil Says Arctic Gas Project is $1.1bn Over - Financial Times
    A Norwegian energy group (Statoil) said the development of a new gas project in the Barents sea was running eight months behind schedule and would be NKr7bn ($1.1bn) over budget.


  • August, 2005

  • August 25, 2005 - Canada Sends Warships To Protect Northern Boundaries - BBC
    Three warships were patrolling Canada's borders to protect its sovereignty over the Arctic.

  • August 25, 2005 - Denmark Unworried By Canadian Warship - Aftenposter
    Denmark is not worried about Canadian warships surrounding disputed Hans Island. Denmark's Foreign Minister says, "It's the Northwest Passage that interests the Canadians and they want to show their presence there."

  • August 19, 2005 - Greenland To Kill Fewer Polar Bears - Animal Planet
    Greenland will introduce hunting quotas on polar bears as of January 2006 to protect the species, which is threatened by global warming in the Arctic, but will also allow a limited tourist hunt.

  • August 18, 2005 - World Officials Want Global Warming Action - Seattle PI
    Environmental ministers and officials from 23 countries met in Ilulissat, Greenland after a three-day trip to see shrinking glaciers and increased snowmelt. No decisions were made on how to best fight global warming. Participants in the meeting said that the Kyoto Protocol and the US initiative should be regarded as "complimentary, not in opposition."

  • August 16, 2005 - Three Republican New Jersey Lawmakers Join Call To Protect The Arctic Refuge - Wildlife Defenders
    Three members of the New Jersey GOP delegation signed a letter urging that language authorizing drilling in the ANWR be kept out of the budget reconciliation bill to be considered this fall.

  • August 15, 2005 - Denmark Won't Provoke 'Flag War - CBC
    Denmark will not try to plant a new flag on Hans Island in its dispute with Canada over sovereignty, but will discuss the issue with Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister.

  • August 14, 2005 - Hope Fades for Russia-Manitoba Sea Link Test in '05 - CNews
    Efforts to promote Manitoba√Ę‚,¨‚"Ęs Port of Churchill as a cheaper commercial gateway to Russia has been slow to catch on, but the owners are confident that this northern sea link will prove to be a viable alternative to the St. Lawrence Seaway.

  • August 10, 2005 - Arctic Refuge Tactic Disturbs GOP Lawmakers - CNN
    Two dozen House Republicans, including three committee chairmen, have asked Speaker Dennis Hastert not to use a budget procedure to clear the way for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

  • August 8, 2005 - Denmark, Canada To Negotiate Over Disputed Arctic Island - CBC
    Canada and Denmark have agreed to negotiations over the ownership of a small Arctic island that has been the subject of a recent territorial dispute. Canada placed their national flag on Hans Island after Denmark said that they planned to plant their flag, sparking the dispute.

  • August 8, 2005 - Arctic Drilling Not Off Table - TBO News
    Though drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) was not in the energy bill passed by the US House and Senate, it is clear that the fight is not over. Drilling advocates in Congress and the Senate say they will include a provision authorizing ANWR drilling as part of a September budget procedure that is immune to filibuster. This maneuver was used successfully previously in the Clinton administration where ANWR drilling was approved as part of the budget, though Clinton vetoed the measure.


  • July, 2005

  • July 31, 2005 - N.W. T. Park Expanding - CBC
    Tuktut Nogait National Park in the Northwest Territories is being expanded bythe Canadian government to ensure adequate protection for the animals that live there, especially the Bluenose Caribou herd.

  • July 29, 2005 - Passage At Hand For Energy Bill - The State (SC)
    It looks like President Bush's energy bill will pass, though it will NOTinclude oil exploration in the ANWR as part of the bill and will do nothingto lower gas prices anytime soon.

  • July 29, 2005 - Denmark Asks Canada To Reopen Territorial Talks... - Yahoo!
    The Danish government has offered to reopen formal negotiations with Canada toresolve the dispute over Hans Island. As global warming opens the Arctic to shippingand mining it is important for the nations to determine who has sovereignty overthis island.

  • July 26, 2005 - Canada, Denmark Dispute Ownership of Tiny Arctic Island - CBC
    Canada's defense minister recently visited Hans Island, an island just off Greenland,that has been claimed by both Denmark and Canada. His remarks indicating thatthe island is part of Canadian territory has set off a firestorm reaction inDenmark.

  • July 25, 2005 - Majority of Canadians Oppose Drilling In Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - CNW
    A majority of Canadians oppose the U.S. government's plans to allow oil drillingin the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska, which borders Canada'sYukon Territory, according to a recent poll conducted by EKOS Research (www.ekos.com)on behalf of World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada).


  • June, 2005

  • June 28, 2005 - Senate Approves Energy Bill That Focuses On Production - USA Today
    The U.S. Senate passed a major energy bill, promising to boost supplies of oil, gas and solar power. It now remains for a joint House and Senate committee to work out the differences in the House and Senate bills. One difference is that the House bill, passed earlier this year, supports drilling in the ANWR. Similar story from Crosswalk

  • June 28, 2005 - Saudi Schoolboys Set Out To Explore Arctic Islands - ArabNews
    Six young Saudi Arabian scholars will join four British students on an expedition to explore Svalbard archipelago off the northern coast of Norway.

  • June 16, 2005 - Inuit to File Anti-U.S. Climate Petition - Planet Ark
    Inuit hunters threatened by a melting of the Arctic ice plan to file a petition accusing Washington of violating their human rights by fueling global warming, an Inuit leader said Wednesday.


  • May, 2005

  • May 26, 2005 - Tall Ships Guide Aims To Give Teachers Their Bearing - Canada.com (AP)
    The Victoria Tall Ships Association announces that their Teacher's Resource Guide is now available.It will feature the North Star, a ship used in the Arctic Ocean for scientific ventures and for fur trapping in the 1930s. Learn more at the officialVictoria Tall Ships site.

  • May 26, 2005 - Arctic Leaders Appeal Over Global Warming - ENN (AP)
    Inuit leaders from Arctic regions around the world met with leaders of the European Union and asked them to do more about global warming and to consider giving aid to indigenous groups that are being harmed by it.

  • May 24, 2005 - Russians Go Against The Floe - BBC
    The Russians have towed a huge iceberg to a new location to create space for oil and gas rigs in the Barents Sea.

  • May 24, 2005 - All Quiet on the Arctic Schengen Border - Swiss Info
    The Swiss are taking a look at Kirkenes, Norway on the border of Russian territory. They are due to decide whether to become part of Schengen, a territory without borders, that crosses 15 European countries. The northernmost part of this territory is Kirkenes.

  • May 20, 2005 - 'Climate Refugees' May Flock to Europe - IOL (Reuters)
    The middle of Europe could become crowded by "climate change refugees" escaping a thawing Arctic to the north and Mediterranean droughts to the south, the head of the European Environment Agency (EEA) said.

  • May 20, 2005 - Smithsonian Opens A Greenland Exhibit - Seattle Post Intelligence
    An exhibit highlighting the culture and landscape of Greenland has opened at the National Museum of Natural History.

  • May 13, 2005 - Charity Trek Reaches Pole - Evening Standard
    Sixteen teams, trekking to raise money for a London cancer center, have reached the North Pole. They have raised over £10,000 for the charity.

  • May 12, 2005 - Arctic Oil Search Moves To New Turf - ABC
    Proponents of Arctic oil drilling now are setting their eyes on Teshekpuk Lake and the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Teshekpuk is a large lake important to migratory waterfowl.

  • May 11, 2005 - Norway Advocates Zero Emission For Arctic Oil - Planet Ark
    Norway believes its "zero emissions" policy for oil and gas activity in the Arctic should be adopted internationally

  • May 10, 2005 - Russians Pay Tribute To Brave Scots Who Formed Arctic Lifeline -
    Russia held a special ceremony to honor the Scottish veterans of World War II who risked their lives to get supplies to the Red Army.


  • April, 2005

  • April 26, 2005 - North Pole Team Sets Explorer Apart - The State (SC)
    The 5-person team using sled dogs and wooden sledges reached the North Pole, completing the trek in an even shorter frame than that claimed by Robert E. Peary in 1909. Similar Story from IOL.

  • April 25, 2005 - Forgotten Man of Adventure - Canberra Times
    George Hubert Wilkins was honored in a ceremony in Australia. He was the first to propose that the Antarctic had an important influence on climate and explored both the Arctic and Antarctic in the early 1900s.

  • April 24, 2005 - Women Off On Delayed Polar Trek - BBC
    An all-women British team, competing in a race from Canada to the North Pole, were able to begin after a blizzard had delayed their start.

  • April 24, 2005 - Alaskan Town's Inupiat Split on Drilling In Wildlife Refuge - Boston News
    Though many Inupiat favor drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and their support has played a key role in the U.S. House decision to allow the drilling, some residents are quite concerned about the impact on their traditions, especially if the drilling begins to expand offshore.

  • April 22, 2005 - Celebs Join Inuits At Earth Day Event - Climate Ark
    Two Hollywood stars joined a group of Canadian Inuits on Earth Day to highlight how global temperature change is hurting the Inuit way of life.

  • April 21, 2005 - House Paves Way For Oil Drilling In Alaska - Detroit News
    The House voted to allow oil drilling in the ANWR as part of a broad energy bill.

  • April 2, 2005 - Tuberculosis Threat Cannot Be Ignored - Juneau Empire
    There appears to be a significant increase in tuberculosis in the remote Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Alaska. TB had devastating effects on Alaska natives in the 1940s and 50s and health officials fear the resurgence of the disease. Map of the area from Alaskan Abroad.

  • April 1, 2005 - Russians Freeze Explorer Out of Solo Polar Bid - Times Online (UK)
    The Russian government has ordered Ann Daniels, who hoped to be the first woman to trek solo to the North Pole, to return to Siberia. The weather was quite dangerous so the Russians ordered the evacuation of all polar expeditions for safety reasons.


  • March, 2005

  • March 31, 2005 - Drill Rights Sold Offshore From Arctic Refuge -
    The Royal Dutch/Shell Group, which has not been active in Alaska since the 1980s, bid over $44 million for rights to explore for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea, mostly in an area offshore from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

  • March 25, 2005 - Scott Of The Arctic Eyes Ice Cap Feat - Scotsman
    Louise Scott, a woman from Scotland, hopes to be the first Scottish woman in 40 years to walk across Greenland, east to west. She is raising money to combat cancer.

  • March 24, 2005 - All-woman Team Joins Race To Pole - BBC
    A group of three British women are going to take part in an international race across the Polar ice next month. Eighteen teams will compete in the sledge-hauling, skiing race.

  • March 16, 2005 - Senate Votes of ANWR Oil Drilling - MSNBC
    The Senate, by a 51-49 vote, kept a provision, in next year's budget, allowing drilling in the ANWR. If Congress agrees, drilling could start later this year.

  • March 14, 2005 - Armed With Magnum and Floating Sledge, Ex-bank Manager Begins Her Lonely March - Guardian Unlimited
    An Arctic guide and mother of four is hoping to become the first woman to walk solo to the North Pole. She set out on this very challenging quest last week. (Photo from BBC; earlier story on her being delayed in Russia from The Scotsman )

  • March 12, 2005 - Hardy Adventurers Set Sites on Bering Strait Trek - Circles
    An American and a Belgian plan to ski, trek on foot, paddle and sail to complete a 112 mile round trip on the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia. The entire expedition is covered at this site

  • March 11, 2005 - Arctic Expeditions Stranded In Russia - Aftenposten
    Three groups that planned to trek to the North Pole this spring, including Liv Arnesen of Norway and Ann Bancroft of the U.S., have been stranded in Russia due to a problem with their papers.

  • March 11, 2005 - Canada Calls US Oil Drilling Plan 'Big Mistake' - ENN
    Canada has vowed to keep pressuring the United States to drop its plans to drill in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, saying it will ruin the calving ground of the Porcupine caribou herd.

  • March 10, 2005 - Arctic Refuge Drilling Momentum Builds - MSNBC
    A Senate committee has moved to open the ANWR to oil drilling and democrats fear they may be unable to kill the plan.

  • March 9, 2005 - Bennett: Oil Rigs Won't Hurt Wildlife - Salt Lake Tribune
    A Republican Senator from Utah toured the northern Alaska coast and returned to tell his fellow Senate members that he is convinced that the small footprint of high-tech drilling rigs will not damage the ecosystem in the ANWR.

  • March 8, 2005 - Fury At Arctic Convoy Emblem Plan - BBC
    Tony Blair plans to honor veterans who ferried vital supplies to Russia during World War II by providing them with a special emblem. Some feel they deserve campaign medals, rather than a badge which is not as prestigious.

  • March 7, 2005 - Oil Majors Keep A Distance On Alaska - Climate Ark
    Major oil producers are taking a wait-and-see attitude as the U.S. government reopens debate about opening the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling.


  • February, 2005

  • February 25, 2005 - Trucks Rumbling North As Mine Construction Begins - CBC North
    The Tahera Diamond Corporation is about to construct Nunavut's first diamond mine. Over 500 trucks will bring diesel fuel and building materials to the site. The trucks have begun traveling to the site.

  • February 21, 2005 - No Cuts to Bear Quotas, Promises Nunavut Minister - CBC North
    Nunuavut's environmental minister says he will not reconsider newly increased polar bear hunting quotas, even though the evidence shows some polar bear populations have declined.

  • February 18, 2005 - Scientists Brave Brutal Elements On Top Of The World - NOAA
    Scientists working at Summit Environmental Observatory in Greenland may have a chance to study an unusual thinning of the Arctic ozone layer just as sunlight begins to return to the area.The study will help answer questions about how the atmosphere reacts to extremes in temperature. PRISM was at Summit Camp this summer. View photos of the camp in our journals in Virtual PRISM.

  • February 18, 2005 - Hadow Opens University's "Unbelievable" Polar Lab - Yahoo
    Pen Hadow, the first man to make an unsupported trek from Canada to the North Pole was present as a guest of honor to open a new Polar lab at the University of Devon. The lab will study chemicals and algae in sediments and sea ice. (More about Steve Rowland, the scientist quoted in the article.)

  • February 18, 2005 - Norwegian, American Set Out To Be First Women To Ski Alone Across The Top of The World - The State (SC)
    Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen who thrilled classrooms across the world will be taking another ground-breaking expedition. They plan to ski across the top of the world. They left for their starting point on the 17th. You'll be able to follow their expedition on www.BancroftArnesenExplore.com.

  • February 15, 2005 - Inuit To Charge U.S. for Climate Change Impacts - TIERRAMERICA
    The Inuit of the Arctic regions are preparing a lawsuit to charge the United States with human rights violations because they say the U.S. is the leading culprit in global warming.

  • February 13, 2005 - Yukon Quest Begins - Yukon Quest
    Follow the Yukon Quest, a sled dog race, through the Yukon. The race lasts two weeks and began today.

  • February 1, 2005 - House To Move On Arctic Drilling Refuge - MSN
    A House committee is expected to vote next week to revive a broad energy bill that would allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


  • January, 2005

  • January 24, 2005 - Government To Allow Oil Exploration in Ecologically Sensitive Alaska Area - ENN
    The U.S. government plans to open thousands of acres of Alaska's North Slope, that were protected because of migratory birds and caribou, to oil and gas exploration because of a need for domestic energy.

  • January 18, 2005 - Explorer Achieves Dream Then Dies In Crevasse Fall - Guardian Unlimited
    Stephen Thomas, a British explorer, died from falling through a hidden ice crevasse near the British base of Port Lockroy in Antarctica. He had recently sailed his yacht from the Arctic to the Antarctic. (Photo of Point Lockroy from British Antarctic Survey)

  • January 6, 2005 - Oil Giant Leaves Arctic Refuge Lobby Group - MSNBC
    ConocoPhillips will no longer be part of a lobbying group that wants to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. They want to focus their attention toward other fields in Alaska.

 

 

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