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Arctic News Archive - Living organisms and fossils

A collection of older (2004-2005) news items that relate to living organisms and fossils in the Arctic and surrounding regions. All links will take you to sites outside of the PRISM site. Use your back button to return.

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    November, 2005

  • November 30, 2005 - Cod Decision Ignores Science, Researchers Say - CBC
    Scientists are unhappy with the Canadian Fisheries decision that the Northern Cod will not be declared an endangered, protected species. The decision appeared to be based on economic concerns.

  • November 19, 2005 - Polar Bears Face Up To A Warmer Future - BBC
    Temperatures in western Hudson Bay have been steadily rising 0.3 to 0.4 degrees every decade since 1950. Each autumn, polar bears in this part of Canada migrate north, heading for the sea-ice which begins to form about now and stays solid until late spring the following year.

  • November 4, 2005 - Japanese Vessel to Be Returned for $300,000 - Scoop
    A Japanese fishing vessel will be returned to the owners upon payment for the vessel as well as punitive fines. This vessel was caught poaching two years ago in protected Antarctic waters and became property of New Zealand.

  • October, 2005

  • October 21, 2005 - New Antifreeze Protein Found in Fleas May Allow Longer Storage Of Transplant Organs - Science Daily
    Queen's University researchers have discovered that snow fleas in northern Canada have a unique antifreeze protein. This protein could be a big help to those who seek to store organs for transplantation.

  • October 18, 2005 - Starving Polar Bears Terrorize Siberian Locals -
    A group of polar bears has left the ice fields to look for food. The polar bears are getting into settlements and terrorizing residents. Similar story from Greenpeace.

  • October 4, 2005 - Arctic microbes raise hope for life on Mars - MSNBC
    Living microbes found in what could be 1 million-year-old ice on a remote Arctic island (Svalbard) support the theory that the frozen planet Mars could also sustain life, according to a team of international researchers.

  • September, 2005

  • September 28, 2005 - Unusual Meteorite Unlocks Treasure Trove of Solar System Secrets - Space Daily
    An unusual meteorite that fell on a frozen lake in Canada five years ago has led a Florida State University geochemist to a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the chemical elements that make up our solar system.

  • September 18, 2005 - Happy To Follow The Herd - Independent
    A description of a tourist venture where groups can go on the annual reindeer migration in Norway

  • September 12, 2005 - Retreating glaciers, melting permafrost threaten Arctic lifestyle - CNN
    The gargantuan chunks of ice breaking off the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and thundering into an Arctic fjord make a spectacular sight. But to Greenlanders it is also deeply worrisome. The frequency and size of the icefalls are a powerful reminder that the frozen sheet covering the world's largest island is thinning -- a glaring sign of global warming, scientists say.

  • August, 2005

  • August 22, 2005 - Russian Trawlers Flout Cod Quotas In Arctic - ENN
    The WWF reported that Russian fishing boats are taking 70,000-115,000 tons of cod MORE than the 480,000-ton quota set for the entire Barents Sea. Norway is also violating the quota, but not as flagrantly.

  • August 19, 2005 - Polar Bears, Seals Are Vanishing, Say Hunters - IOL
    Inuit hunters in Kulusuk, Greenland note that this summer has been hotter than usual and that many are having to give up the hunter lifestyle as seals and polar bears are becoming rarer as the ice shrinks. Map of Kulusuk.

  • August 13, 2005 - Polar Bear Makes 74 km Arctic Swim - ABC (Australia)
    Scientists have tracked a tagged female polar bear swimming at least 74 km in just one day. This provides the first proof that the bears can cover great distances in the water. The swim was documented by satellite telemetry.

  • August 9, 2005 - Meteor Craters: The Cradle of Life? - Science A GoGo
    A study of Haughton Crater in the Canadian Arctic has led a geologist to speculate that meteor showers of the earth around 3.8 billion years ago may have jump-started life here by creating geothermal springs.

  • August 2, 2005 - Researchers Say Arctic Teeming With Life - ENN
    The Canadian Arctic is teaming with life according a group of international scientistswho just completed an expedition to study the Arctic ocean. They found severalspecies not previously believed to exist in the Arctic.They were surprised bythe diversity and quantity of life in this area.

  • July, 2005

  • July 15, 2005 - Polar Bears Thriving Off Newfoundland - CBC
    A population of polar bears in the Davis Strait, off of Labrador, seems to bethriving. The seal population there has been increasing, providing more foodfor the bears.

  • July 15, 2005 - Birds Spread Pollutants In Arctic - ABC
    Seabird droppings are full of concentrated pollutants such as mercury and pesticidesand are spreading those chemicals around the Arctic. The finding, published inthe journalScience, has surprised experts, who presumed the chemicals werebeing spread only by atmospheric winds.

  • July 7, 2005 - Bowhead Bones Probed For Clues To Climate Change - CBC
    Two researchers will soon be scouring central Nunavut for fossilized bowhead whalebones. They hope to study the bones for clues about the climate when the whales swam through the Northwest Passage about 8,000 years ago.

  • July 6, 2005 - Dinosaur Track Found in Alaska's Denali Park - National Park Service
    A dinosaur footprint estimated to be 70 million years old was found in Denali National Park. This is the first evidence found that dinosaurs of this era were inthe interior of Alaska.

  • July 5, 2005 - Necropsy Does Not Reveal Why Bear Killed Two People - Seattle Post Intelligence
    The bear that killed two campers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was examined by officials after it had been located and killed, but no anomalies were found to explain what triggered the bear attack. Additional tests are scheduled.

  • July 4, 2005 - Rethink Polar Bear Quotas, Scientists Tell Nunavut Hunters - CBC
    Scientists from five circumpolar countries have boosted the status of polar bears to vulnerable on an international list signalling species at risk. They asked circumpolar countries to study the issue carefully before raising hunting quotas. Similar story from IOL

  • June, 2005

  • June 27, 2005 - Grizzly Bear Kills Couple At ANWR Campsite - Alaska Daily News
    A couple on a rafting trip were killed by a grizzly bear, even though it appeared they had taken proper precautions.

  • May, 2005

  • May 13, 2005 - North Sea Fish On Move To Cooler Waters - Guardian-Observer
    There seems to be a change in the distribution of fish in the North Sea. Many fish such as cod and haddock are moving toward cooler waters, whereas some warm-water fish never before seen in the North Sea are now becoming more common.

  • April, 2005

  • April 26, 2005 - Norwegian Fleet Kills 25 Whales - ABC
    The first week of the Norwegian whaling season resulting in a catch of 25 whales. This year the Norwegians have the largest hunting quota for minke whales that has been allowed for 10 years.These whales are hunted for food, not for research purposes.

  • April 1, 2005 - Shots Fired As Sealers, Protesters Clash - CBC
    Protesters trying to stop the culling of baby harp seals scuffled with sealers who sent warning shots across the protesters' helicopters. Canada says the hunt is needed for economic reasons, while animal activists characterize the hunt as "barbaric."

  • April 1, 2005 - Seal Found In Backyard in Suburban Mass. Is Recovering ... - Boston Herald
    A young harp seal which may have swum down to Massachusetts from the Arctic and then wandered 25 miles inland after becoming lost and ill, is being treated by the University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center.

  • March, 2005

  • March 31, 2005 - Massive Decline in Plankton Stocks - IOL
    Scientific models show that the seaborne food chain that provides food for millions of people could collapse if global climate change and the resultant glacial melting in the Arctic leads to a significant depletion of North Atlantic plankton.

  • March 26, 2005 - Explorer's Daughter Seeks Arctic Record - Times Online (UK)
    The 15 year-old daughter of David Hempleman-Adams is making an attempt to become the youngest person to reach the North Pole on foot. Alicia Hempleman-Adams, plan is to trek across Baffin Island with her PE teacher and two others.

  • March 10, 2005 - Grizzlies Spotted In Polar Bear Country - Washington Times
    Scientists have found evidence that the barren ground grizzly bear has been on Melville Island, north of the Arctic Circle. They had not been known to go that far north. (Photo of Barren Ground Grizzly from Wilderness Within)

  • February, 2005

  • February 9, 2005 - Bear Study Sparks Climate Fears - BBC
    Scottish experts have conducted a large-scale polar bear count in Arctic Europe and have found far fewer bears than was previously estimated. This area is home to 12% of the world's polar bears.

  • February 7, 2005 - Polar Bears Defy Extinction Threat - Scotsman
    Although it appeared that global warming was pushing the polar bear population toward extinction due to changes in the sea ice, current data show that the Canadian polar bear population seems to be on the increase.

  • January, 2005

  • January 18, 2005 - The Arctic Goes Bush - SpaceDaily
    Arctic vegetation appears to be undergoing a transition with an increase in shrubby plants. This change is apparently driven by a warming climate.

  • January 15, 2005 - Ravens' lnteraction With Oil Rigs Studied - SiliconValley
    Ravens survive in Alaska's North Slope by scavenging scrap from oil fields and watching humans in the area closely . They are being studied by a doctoral student from the University of Alaska Fairbanks to see how they interact with the oil field workers and structures.

  • January 7, 2005 - Nunavut Polar Bear Hunting To Increase ... - Yahoo!
    Growing numbers of polar bears coming into Arctic communities has caused the territorial officials to allow Inuit hunters to hunt more of the animals this year. See later story in CVT.




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