Arctic News Archives - Technology
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News - 2004
- December 17, 2004 -
Russia's North Pole-33 Station Drifting At High Speed - Novosti
North Pole-33 Arctic research station has traveled more than 700
km over a 100 day period. Such ice-drift speeds are considered to
- December 5, 2004 -
A Stitch In Time Saved America's First Settlers - SFGate
of years ago people from Siberia probably came across a now-sunken
land bridge to populate North America, but they probably wouldn't
have survived without the simple sewing needle. What might be the
world's oldest sewing needle has been found at a Russian archaeological
- November 24, 2004 -
Canada's North Pole Command Centre - Space Daily
Alert station, a
military and scientific base, helps Canada establish and maintain
its sovereignty over the Arctic.This is of increasing importance
as the Northwest Passage begins to thaw.
- November 18, 2004 -
Findings From Arctic Coring Expedition ... - Space Daily
from 10 countries met to analyze sediment cores from below the Arctic
Ocean. These cores seem to indicate that the Arctic Ocean was frozen
much earlier than previously thought. More results are expected
in the next few months.
- November 18, 2004 -
Russian Energy Strategy Programme Calls For Tapping Arctic Shelf
proposing to drill for oil and gas on the Arctic ice shelf saying
it is absolutely necessary for Russia to meet its energy needs until
- Nov. 12, 2004 -
Arctic Thaw May Open Shipping Lanes, But ... - ABC - Australia
thawing of the Arctic Ocean may result in a shortcut between the
Pacific and Atlantic, a trans-Arctic shipping boom is not expected
due to high costs and numerous icebergs.
- October 11, 2004 - From
Nuclear Icebreakers to Floating Nuclear Power Plants - Novosti
has used nuclear-powered icebreakers for 40 years in the Arctic
is contemplating developing floating nuclear power plants.
- September 27, 2004 -
Arctic Drilling As Divisive As Issues Get - Sacramento Bee
Kerry appear to be widely divided in their positions about whether
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be opened to oil and
gas drilling. Their positions are outlined here by a political analyst.
- September 23, 2004 -
Arctic Glacier Photos Worth A Thousand Words - SitNews
McCall Glacier in the Arctic National Wildlife Reguge show how far
the glacier has receded between 1958 and 2003.
- September 14, 2004 -
A Hot Topic Among Arctic Scientists - Planet Ark
A Joint US-Russian
expedition is looking at the marine life in the Bering Strait and
Chukchi sea and are finding species that indicate that the area
is warming. They have also dropped autonomous equipment to monitor
various aspects of marine change.
- September 9, 2004 -
of Russia, St. Petersburg Flown Over Arctic Drifting Station
polar researchers have been safely delivered to a spot on the ice
over the North Pole. A research & living complex was built on
the sea ice for the team which will remain at the station for several
story from Novosti).
- September 9, 2004 -
Science Mission Faces Cold War-Style Hurdles - Yahoo!
opportunity to place U.S. instruments in Russian waters off Cape
Dezhnev to monitor climate change required repeated proposals to
the Russian authorities and many delays before permission was granted.
(Map of Cape Dezhnev from
- August 31, 2004 - Ice
Clarifies Climate's Secrets - USA Today
possible plant material and mud extracted from the bottom of the
Greenland ice sheet at North GRIP are providing many new interesting
insights into climate through the ages and possible life at the
bottom of the ice sheet.
- August 30, 2004 - Arctic
Coring Expedition Retrieves First Arctic Core- Space Daily
mountain chain near the North Pole may hold clues to the climate
50 million years ago. Scientists have extracted a 40 million year
old sediment core from the Arctic Ocean Ridge to unlock these secrets.
(More on dangers faced by the drilling team from
- August 30, 2004 - Pioneer
On Pilgrimage To Kayak Birthplace - Scotsman
the man who developed the modern kayak, has traveled to Uummannaq
island, north of Greenland. He was able to meet the family of the
man who constructed the Inuit sealskin kayak he used as a model
for his modern version made of high-tech materials.
- August 27, 2004 - Toxins
Accumulate In Arctic Peoples, Animals - National Geographic
people and animals living in the Arctic have shown very high levels
of chemical contaminants in their bodies. Persistent Organic Pollutants
(POPs) from industrialized nations are infiltrating the food web.
- August 24, 2004 - Norway
To Consider Boosting Arctic Activity, Oil Minister Says - Bloomberg
considering opening more of its waters to increased oil drilling
and exploration.They recently reopened some of the Barents Sea for
exploration and are under pressure from oil companies to increase
drilling in the area.
- August 19, 2004 - Military
To Test Unmanned Surveillance Plane - Canoe
planning to utilize UAVs to increase their ability to keep Canada's
coastline under surveillance. These drone aircraft will be under
remote control. The Canadian Government is planning on testing the
first of these aircraft in the next week.
- August 18, 2004 - Arctic
Pipeline Project Environment Review... - Yahoo! News
favor a natural gas pipeline across the Arctic have been given information
on what must be included in their environmental assessment. The
document outlining the requirements is more than 70 pages long.
- August 15, 2004 - Aircraft
To Rescue Endangered Geese- Gulf Daily News
A group of
scientists will try to use an ultralight aircraft to guide a group
of endangered geese on their annual migration, by imprinting the
chicks on the aircraft. (Photo
- August 8, 2004 - Drift-Ice
Research Unit..To Be Set Up... - Novosti
are sending a ship to study the Arctic environment from the atmosphere
to the depths of the oceans.The ship will serve as a station for
two years with a rotating roster of scientists.
- July 29, 2004 - Yellow
River Station Opens - China.org
River Station on Spitzbergen, China's first Arctic research station,
has opened and work has begun.
- July 16, 2004 - Russian
Scientists Plan To Study Sunken Icebreaker - Novosti
announced that they will be using an underwater robot to study a
Russian icebreaker that sank in the Chukchi Sea in the 1930s. (Map
showing Chukchi Sea near Wrangel Island.)
- July 9, 2004 - Three
Democratic Senate Candidates Call For Opening ANWR - RigZone
candidates Brad Carson, Chris John and Tony Knowles have called
for "responsible development of the coastal plain" of
the ANWR. Experts feel this may bode well for energy policy in the
- July 6, 2004 - Oil
and Gas Potential of Russia's Continental Shelf To Be Developed...
outline as process for studying and developing resources on Russia's
continental shelf has been developed by Russia's ministry of natural
resources, in collaboration with specialized research institutes
and specialists of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
- July 5, 2004 - Scientists
Confront The Arctic ... - SpaceDaily
have been doing validation experiments in remote Arctic areas in
support of the ESA satellite due for launch at the end of the year.
This satellite, known as CryoSat, will be used to measure changes
in ice sheet elevation with unprecedented accuracy.
- July 3, 2004 - Canada
Starts Seabed Mapping... - CBC
begun mapping the seabed in the Beaufort Sea, taking a step toward
establishing sovereignty under international law.At stake is control
of oil and gas reserves in the area.
- June 4, 2004 - Arctic
Cores Offer Climate Clues - BBC
group is studying sediment cores taken from the Arctic sea bed to
try to unravel how long Arctic sea ice has existed and how it had
formed. Reports and images from this work will be online beginning
in August at
- June 3, 2004 - Man-Made
Toxins Found In Arctic - CBS
used in televisions, toys and fire retardants have been found in
Arctic wildlife according to Norwegian scientists. This is a sign
that these chemicals do not break down as quickly as had been thought.
(Similar story from
- May 19, 2004 - Study
to Examine How Climate Change Melts Permafrost Under Arctic Roads
- Yahoo News
The federal and territorial governments will
study how climate change will affect the infrastructure, such as
roads and runways, in the Arctic regions. Pipeline development must
be carefully planned if the permafrost continues to melt.
- May 18, 2004 - Arctic
Runner's Plane Drama - BBC
in the North Pole Marathon had to dive off the runway as a plane
came in to land. They had been asked to stop to allow the plane
to land, but some just kept running resulting in the somewhat "close
- May 13, 2004 - Inuit
'Poisoned From Afar' By Climate Change - New Zealand Herald
of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference said that the Inuit are paying
dearly for the actions of people in other countries. Toxins and
rising temperatures are two of the challenges caused by pollution
in the Arctic.
- May 09, 2004 - E-mail
Provides Arctic Lifeline - BBC News
A team taking
part in a recent race to the Magnetic North Pole used PDAs instead
of satellite phones to connect to the internet and report back to
- April 26, 2004 - New
Ice Sheet Research Indicates Possible Global Climate Change
- Newswise (U of Missouri-Columbia)
of satellite data from 1978-2002 indicates that the upper elevations
of the Greenland ice sheet are thinning especially in the southeast
and that this trend has been going on for several decades.
- April 23, 2004 - NASA
Arctic Sea Ice Study May Stir Up Climate Models - Science Daily
It has just
recently been determined, by analyzing synthetic aperture radar
data from the RADARSAT satellite, that Arctic sea ice undergoes
small oscillations twice a day, even in the winter. This may increase
chances for new ice formation and should be factored into climate
models according to the scientists.
- April 19, 2004 - Nuclear
Sub Surfaces In Arctic. - BBC
Navy submarine, the HMS Tireless, is working with the US
Navy to determine the thickness of the pack ice around the North
Pole. After a couple of months below the surface, they have surfaced
at the North Pole.
- April 16, 2004 - Satellites
Record Weakening North Atlantic Current - Science Daily
records indicate that the North Atlantic Ocean circulation weakened
considerably in the late 1990s when compared to levels in the 1970s
and 1980s. This could herald dramatic changes in North Atlantic
Ocean climate, but we won't know for another 5-10 years. (Abstract
from Science magazine.)
- April 14, 2004 - Bowheads
On The Beeb - CBC North
TV series for children, Serious Arctic, is helping the Fish and
Game department survey bowhead whales. Eight students are participating
in the research and TV show.
- April 8,
2004 - ASIRAS,
New Airborne Instrument Sees Ice... - Science Daily
new synthetic aperture radar and interferometric radar altimeter,
designed to validate data from CryoSat was launched and successfully
tested near the North Pole during the last two weeks of March.
- April 7, 2004 - Trans-Arctic
Expedition Sets Off From Siberia - Russian Information Agency
team has set out to determine effects of global climate change on
plant and animal species across the Arctic. This expedition will
use new health-monitoring and transportation technology.
- April 2, 2004 - Yukon
Doubtful About Offshore ANWAR Drilling - North CBC
Alaskan governor favors oil drilling off the shores of the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge, the members of the Yukon government are
not so sure it is a good idea.
- Mar. 24, 2004 - Russia
Arctic Oil Facility To Ease Northern Export- Daily Times
A huge Russian
oil tanker on the Barents Sea will begin operation as a storage
facility this week. It is predicted this will make exports to Europe
and the United States easier.
- Mar. 24, 2004 - Reindeer
Herders Building Snowy Drive-In - The State (SC)
herders in Norway are building a snowmobile drive-in theater for
the Eighth Sami Film Festival, April 5-7.
- Mar. 18, 2004 - Back-Door
Arctic Drilling Plans Fail - Yahoo News
House Budget Committee has passed a budget resolution that does
not include any provisions for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge. Conservationists view this as good news.
- Mar. 17, 2004 - Alaska
Oil Would Barely Help U.S. - Alexanders Gas & Oil Connections
Dept. analysis showed that opening the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge to oil development would only slightly reduce America's dependence
on imports and lower the prices by less than 50 cents per barrel.
- Feb. 18, 2004 -
Traditional Inuit Ice Treks Guided From Space - Science Daily
Maps of ice
type and extent (Floe Edge maps) created from satellite data are
proving very helpful to the Inuit of Northern Canada in their annual
quest for fish and game.
- Feb. 17, 2004 -
Satellite Map Helps Track Quest Racers - CBC North
Quest dogsled race has gone high-tech, with the trail being put
on satellite maps and volunteers helping map it with GPS. (Follow
the race here.)
- Jan. 30, 2004 -
Exxon's Alaska Spill Bill Climbs to $5.8bn - Australian
judge has ordered Exxon to pay $US4.5 billion ($Euro5.8) in punitive
damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. Exxon plans to appeal
- Jan. 29, 2004 -
Convoys Gear Up For Winter Season - CBC North
has opened between Yellowknife and the gold mines just south of
the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Big rig transports have begun to move
along the road, which will be open until April.
- Jan. 5, 2004 - Alaska
Wildlife Experts Use Floating Lab - The State
use a unique shipboard lab to study sea lions and other marine animals
and plants. The Tiglax is a floating science center that has been
in use for 16 years.
Archived News From 2003
2003 - ...Ocean
Mapping Cruise to Arctic - NOAA
from NOAA, the University of New Hampshire and others have recently
discovered and mapped a complex underwater mountain (seamount) while
doing ice-breaking activities. They used multibeam sonar to accomplish
the task. They also gathered evidence of ice age glaciation from
the sea floor.
2003 - Signals
From Space Enable Earthquake Detection - Space Daily
Alaskan earthquake also shook the sky according to researchers.The
GPS Satellite constellation was successfully used to map ionospheric
disturbances after the Denali earthquake a year ago. This technology
may make it easier to detect earthquakes around the globe.
2003 - Scientists
Use Satellite to "Pond-er" Melted Arctic Ice - NASA
and aircraft video are being used as part of a new technique for
locating "melt ponds" of water on Arctic sea ice. This new technique
will help scientists better understand heat balance in the Arctic.
14, 2003 - Canada's
Newest Satellite Calls Home - CBC News
satellite, designed to study the distribution of ozone in Earth's
atmosphere was activated on Aug. 13. This satellite focuses on Canada
and the Arctic.
2003 - Breaking
Through Greenland's Ice Cap - Daily News
Greenland Ice Core Project hit bedrock after seven years of drilling.The
ice was nearly 2 miles deep. PRISM
was there for some of this
2003 - Japanese
Scientists Begin Work On Mammoth Clone - Canoe News
from several different Japanese Universities are working to unravel
the secrets of the DNA from extinct wooly mammoths. Some are interested
in seeing if a clone can be created.
2003 - WWF
Wants Pipeline Guarantees - CBC North
Fund leaders will not oppose a McKenzie Valley pipeline if the agreement
contains protections for sensitive cultural and environmental areas.
2003 - Mapping
Ice Sheets In Greenland - Chinotague Beacon
of the Greenland ice sheet may help scientists track and understand
global climate change. PRISM scientists
are involved with this project also!
2003 - Hydrogen
Fuel Could Widen Ozone Hole - Nature
fuel may not be as environmentally friendly as hoped. It appears
that long-term use could increase damage to the ozone layer.
2003 - Antarctic
Research Vessel Heads North - Science Daily
ice-breaker is heading to the Arctic to conduct a comprehensive
study of the waters off Alaska.This is to provide further data on
the extent of climate change in the Arctic and its impact.
2003 - Climate
Change Factors At N. Pole Observatory - NSF
understand changes in the Arctic Ocean to to monitor effects of
climate change on ocean circulation, NSF has committed to sponsoring
a North Pole Environmental Observatory where scientists can work.
May 7, 2003 - Mapping
the Greenland Ice Sheets - NASA
A new survey
of Greenland's ice sheets is scheduled during May and June. Both the
southern and northern portions will be surveyed.
April 17, 2003 - Oldest
DNA Exposes Ancient Ecosystems - New Scientist
DNA from ancient
animals (8 species) and plants (28 families) has been recovered from
permafrost in northeast Siberia and Alaska. These are the oldest DNA
sequences ever authenticated. (More
April 1, 2003 -Yearly
Arctic Ozone Loss Fluctuates ... - Space Daily
data from NASA's Upper Atmosphere Satellite seems to indicate that
ozone depletion in the Arctic region varies widely from year to year
in timing, pattern, and amount.
March 05, 2003 -Mixed
Verdict On Effect Of Oil Drilling - Washington Post
A report from
the National Academies of Science and Engineering indicates that the
government has done much to minimize environmental impact of oil and
gas exploration in Alaska, but that the adverse consequences have
not been eliminated and will continue to accumulate in the region.
Read the report here.
Feb. 24, 2003 - Mammoth
Clone: Science or Simply Fiction - Discovery Channel
at the American Museum of History say there is simply no way to clone
a mammoth from frozen tissue. DNA would be incomplete and impossible
to use for cloning.
Feb. 21, 2003 - Caribou
Safe From Diamond Hunters? - CBC North
A review board
recommended that Diamonds North be allowed to explore on Victoria
Island. They say it will not disturb the caribou herd that lives there
at risk or pose any other threat to the ecosystem. Some residents
are not convinced.
Jan. 27, 2003 - Yukon
Better Suited For Pipeline - north.cbc.ca
A federal study
group reports that the Yukon is better suited for the building of
a new gas pipeline than are the North West Territories. This study
particularly looked at the impact of construction on transportation
Jan. 21, 2003 -
Longest Ice Cores Retrieved from Canadian Yukon- Science Daily
scientists retrieved the longest ice core yet, 1,100-foot deep, drilling
in the St. Elias Mountains in the Yukon Territory. They are hoping
to better understand climate variations in Northwest North America.
Jan. 6, 2003 - Arctic
Drilling May Imperil Young Golden Eagles -Philadelphia Post-Gazette.com
eagles do not spend their summers in Denali National Park and Preserve,
as previously thought, but head further north to oil-rich areas of
Jan. 6, 2003
Begins New Year With International Arctic Ozone Study - Earth
from several countries are working together this winter to get a more
complete measurement of the ozone and other atmospheric gasses in
the Arctic. The major push will be from January - March of this year.
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