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Arctic News Archive - The environment

A collection of older (2004-2005) news items that relate to the environment of 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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    December, 2005

  • December 12, 2005 - Arctic orcas highly contaminated - BBC
    Norwegian scientists have found that killer whales - or orcas, as they are sometimes known - have overtaken polar bears at the head of the toxic table. No other arctic mammals have ingested such a high concentration of hazardous man-made chemicals.

  • December 8, 2005 - Earth's Magnetic Pole Drifting Quickly - USA Today
    Earth's north magnetic pole is drifting away from North America and toward Siberia at such a clip that Alaska might lose its spectacular Northern Lights in the next 50 years, according to scientists from Oregon State.

  • December 8, 2005 - Greenland Glacier Races Toward Ocean - BBC
    Scientists are closely monitoring Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier on the east coast of Greenland. This glacier is moving fast and is losing mass. A map of Greenland with Kangerdlugssuaq marked along with older (1960s) satellite images of the glacier. Similar story from CNN.

  • December 6, 2005 - Scientists Discover New Hydrothermal Vents - ENN
    Deep-sea thermal vents were once thought to only exist in the Pacific near volcanoes, but now scientists have discovered new vents belching mineral-rich residue including gold in the southern Atlantic, Arctic and Indian oceans. The one in the Arctic Ocean are on the Mohns Ridge between Greenland and Iceland. Diagram of tectonic plates related to Mohns Ridge. Nice satellite photo of Mohns Ridge and other parts of the Arctic Ridge system.

  • November, 2005

  • November 22, 2005 - Snow Fails To Fall In Arctic Tundra - CNN
    A representative to the indigenous peoples of Norway and Russia says that snows have failed to fall as normal across the Arctic tundra. This is having a negative impact on animals, plants and

  • November 19, 2005 - Yukon Feels The Heat - The Standard (China)
    A steady rise in river temperatures is affecting everything from vegetation to the health of the salmon in a pristine part of the world.

  • October, 2005

  • October 31, 2005 - Focus on Arctic's Climate Changes - CBS News (Christian Science Monitor)
    Thirteen years ago, correspondant Larry Hinzman recalls that trick-or-treaters in Fairbanks, AL endured temperatures that were 30 degrees below zero (F), but this year the predicted temperature is -8 (F). This is part of a extremely warm October in the area.

  • October 28, 2005 - Study: Arctic Undergoing Holistic Climate-Change Response - Space Daily
    From glaciers to caribou, rivers to roads, Arctic climate change is having a broad effect on almost every aspect of life in the North. That's the conclusion University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers and others outline in a paper to be published in the October 2005 issue of the journal "Climatic Change."

  • October 27, 2005 - Arctic Meltdown Is Inevitable - Detroit News
    Scientists conclude human-caused warming, has put the icecap past the point of no return.

  • October 26, 2005 - Minister Warns About Radioactive River and Ocean Pollution - Novosti
    Russia's emergency situations minister has proposed setting up a government commission to deal with the radioactive dumping in the Techa River in the Chelyabinsk region, southern Urals, to prevent the pollution of the Ob River and the Arctic Ocean.

  • October 21, 2005 - Polar Ice Cap Thickens Despite Global Warming - IOL
    Greenland's ice-cap has thickened slightly in recent years. A team of scientists said satellite measurements showed that more snow was falling and thickening the ice-cap, especially at high altitudes. the scientists noted that the thickening was consistent with theories of global warming as warm air can carry more moisture.

  • September, 2005

  • September 29, 2005 - Sea Ice Decline Intensifies - NSIDC
    Summer Arctic sea ice falls far below average for fourth year, winter ice sees sharp decline, spring melt starts earlier.Similar story from ENN.

  • September 6, 2005 - Vegetation Growth May Quickly Raise Arctic Warming - Red Nova
    Warming in the Arctic is stimulating the growth of vegetation and could affect the delicate energy balance there, causing an additional climate warming of several degrees over the next few decades.

  • August, 2005

  • August 22, 2005 - Icy Wonder of the World Is Melting Away - IOL
    The Ilulissat glacier in Greenland, one of the wonders of the modern world, has shrunk dramatically in the past 2-3 years after 40 years of stability. Similar story with photo from TerraDaily.

  • August 21, 2005 - Warming Threatens Nunavut Ice Shelf -
    The Ward Ice Shelf, split in half in 2003, but now scientists say that global warming is causing further breakdown in this Canadian ice shelf. Map and story from 2003 from BBC.

  • August 14, 2005 - Icy Greenland Turns Green - BBC
    Greenland's ice is melting rapidly. A reporter talks about the changes wrought across this country by climate change. NOTE: Richard Alley who took the reporter on the tour is a member of CReSIS team

  • August 11, 2005 - Views On Warming Hard To Thaw - Seattle PI
    Hilary Clinton and three GOP colleagues flew across Alaska to see what global warming is doing to the Arctic. They saw where polar ice and glaciers had retreated, where permafrost had melted and the devastation caused by bug invasions. Clinton says "The changes are signs of things coming elsewhere on the globe." Similar story about Senator Graham's conclusions after visit from SC STATE.

  • August 11, 2005 - Siberia's Rapid Thaw Causes Concern - BBC
    A huge expanse of a western Siberian peat bog is thawing for the first time in 11,000 years and scientists fear that the thaw may cause the release of billions of tons of greenhouse gases, causing global warming to spiral further out of control.

  • August 7, 2005 - Alaskan People Tell of Climate Change -
    Scientists are tapping the knowledge of Alaskan natives to learn more about changes in the climate. Most tell stories of reduced hunting, changes in sea ice, warming temperatures and changes in plant and animal life.

  • July, 2005

  • July 27, 2005 - Record Low for June Arctic Ice - TerraDaily
    Sea ice is at its seasonal minimum in September in the Arctic, but this year'sJune melt makes it probable that a new record may be set. The previous recordwas set in September, 2003, when sea ice was 15% below average. 2004 and 2005also saw much lower than average sea ice extent in September. See similar storyat CBC

  • July 21, 2005 - Greenland Glacier Melting Rapidly, Slipping Into Sea - TerraDaily
    Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier on Greenland's east coast has become one of the fastestmoving glaciers in the world with a speed of almost 14 km/year. In 1988, itsvelocity was only 5 km a year. This could mean that the loss of ice from theGreenland ice sheet could be larger and faster than predicted in any currentmodels. See photosand map of this glacier.

  • July 19, 2005 - Canada Planes To Monitor Arctic For Ship Pollution - ENN
    Canadian spotter planes will for the first time start monitoring Arctic watersfor illegal discharges of waste by ships.

  • July 17, 2005 - T-shirts On For Arctic Heatwave - Guardian Unlimited
    Ny-Alesund, the world's northernmost community, has had a record heatwave thissummer. Temperatures have soared to 19.6C, a full degree and a half above theprevious record, allowing researchers to sit around in t-shirts. This is onlythe latest change brought on by global warming in this area.

  • June, 2005

  • June 24, 2005 - Solar Storms, Arctic Winds Swirl in A Double Dip Cone Of Ozone Loss - SpaceDaily
    Solar storms in late 2003 combined with Arctic winds in the 2004 spring to produce the largest decline ever recorded in upper stratospheric ozone over the Arctic and the northern areas of North America, Europe and Asia.

  • June 22, 2005 - New Measurements of Arctic Ozone-TerraDaily - The second
    The greatest measured ozone loss over the Arctic was recorded this past winter.

  • June 17, 2005 - How Much Excess Fresh Water Was Added To North Atlantic In Recent Decades? - Terra Daily
    Large regions of the North Atlantic Ocean have been growing fresher since the late 1960s as melting glaciers and increased precipitation, both associated with greenhouse warming, have enhanced continental runoff into the Arctic and sub-Arctic seas.

  • June 12, 2005 - Northwest Passage Redux - The Washington Times
    Steadily melting Arctic ice is not just exposing vast unexplored fishing stocks and mineral wealth. It's also rapidly making the Northwest Passage the passable sea route sought by Henry Hudson and other explorers of the 16th and 17th centuries fully navigable in the summer.

  • June 5, 2005 - NASA Spacecraft Measures Unusual Arctic Ozone Conditions - Space Daily
    Despite near-record levels of chemical ozone destruction in the Arctic this winter, observations from NASA's Aura spacecraft showed that other atmospheric processes restored ozone amounts to near average and stopped high levels of harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching Earth's surface.

  • June 3, 2005 - Siberia's Arctic Lakes Drying Up Permafrost Apparently Melting - San Francisco Chronicle
    An accelerating Arctic warming trend over the past quarter century has dramatically dried up more than a thousand large lakes in Siberia, probably because the permafrost beneath them has begun to thaw, according to a paper published today in the journal Science.

  • May, 2005

  • May 31, 2005 - North Pole Ice Pack Dwindles - CBS
    Each April, scientists funded by the National Science Foundation go to the North Pole to probe the polar ice pack. The ice pack that has been thinning and retreating for several decades now. Less ice means more areas of warm water and pockets of warm air that appear to affect global temperatures and wind patterns.

  • May 25, 2005 - Town Gets That Sinking Feeling - News24
    A town in Sweden is moving because it appears to be sinking as a consequence of extensive iron ore mining around the town. Learn more about Kiruna.

  • April, 2005

  • April 12, 2005 - NASA Study Finds Earth's Auroras Are Not Mirror Images - Science Daily
    Scientists looking at the Earth's northern and southern auroras were surprised to find they are not mirror images of each other, as was once thought. The main cause behind the differences appears to be the interaction between the Sun's outer atmosphere and the Earth's magnetic field.

  • March, 2005

  • March 28, 2005 - Soot Could Hasten Melting of Arctic Ice - Live Science
    There appear to be significant accumulations of black carbon soot in the Arctic region according to scientists. This soot comes from incomplete combustion in industrialized areas, especially Asia, and then accumulates in the Arctic. This soot may contribute to the melting of the polar ice cap.

  • March 24, 2005 - Climate Change - CBC News Indepth
    A good overview of much that we know about climate change, with special emphasis on the Arctic. Be sure to take the links to get the full impact.

  • March 10, 2005 - Canada's Shrinking Ice Caps - TerraDaily
    Canada's Arctic ice cap is relatively small when compared to Greenland's, but NASA scientists have shown that these glaciers and ice caps have strong potential to contribute to sea level rise as they melt.

  • March 9, 2005 - Polar History Shows Melting Ice-Cap May Be A Natural Cycle - Scotsman
    Scottish scientists who have examined the logs of Arctic explorers spanning the past 300 years have concluded that the outer edge of the sea ice expands and contracts over periods of 60-80 years and corresponds with a cyclical temperature change.

  • March 5, 2005 - False Hope In Arctic Refuge - Boston Globe
    This writer examines whether the oil from the ANWR will significantly affect oil reserves based on limits on pipeline volume.

  • March 3, 2005 - Slicing Up Arctic History - Guardian Unlimited
    Climate change has warmed Arctic lakes so much over the past two centuries that life in them has changed dramatically. These were the findings of an international group of scientists studying sediment cores from the Arctic. Warmer water organisms have become more abundant as the climate has warmed over the past 200 years.

  • February, 2005

  • February 28, 2005 - Scientists Discover Why The North Pole Is Frozen - Terra Daily
    A Spanish and German scientist have announced that the sudden fall in average world temperatures 2.7 million years ago. They believe that the cause was a 7�C change in the difference between summer and winter temperatures due to stratification of ocean water as the fresh water increased.

  • February 25, 2005 - Tsunami Quake 'Nudges' Alaska Volcano - Alaska Science Outreach
    Mt. Wrangell, a volcano in Alaska, experienced 12 tiny earthquakes about one hour after the earthquake in Sumatra that triggered the tsunami. If these were indeed related, it would be a long-distance record. (See map and more information about Mt. Wrangell from AVO)

  • February 18, 2005 - Norway Orders Shutdown of Drilling Rig - ENN
    Authorities have ordered the temporary shutdown of a drilling rig exploring for oil in the Barents sea because of two accidental spills into the Arctic waters.

  • February 17, 2005 - Arctic Toxic Waste Dumping Catastrophe - Sky News
    The Arctic is becoming a toxic waste area with higher concentrations of illegal substances such as DDT than in the countries that produce these chemicals. These contaminants increasingly are making their way into the wildlife and indigenous people who subsist on them.

  • February 3, 2005 - Changes in the Arctic: Consequences for the World - SpaceDaily
    Changes in the ice in the Arctic will have global consequences because heat is transported in the atmosphere and ocean from the equator to the poles to help balance energy throughout the globe. This article looks at a lot of the recent data and the implications.

  • February 2, 2005 - Scientist Warns of Vanishing Arctic Sea Ice - Scotsman
    An Oxford scientist says that over the past two decades the Arctic's sea ice has reduced about 15%. If the current warming trend continues, he feels that half of the sea ice will be gone in this region within 50 years.

  • January, 2005

  • January 31, 2005 - Arctic Ozone Layer Is Thinning, Scientists Report - MSNBC
    Record low temperatures this winter over the North Pole are thinning the ozone layer in the Arctic. Scientists are monitoring the ozone closely because thinning could pose a risk to human health.

  • January 24, 2005 - Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Labrador Inuit Association Sign Agreements to Establish Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve - CNW
    Agreements have been signed to establish Canada's 42nd National Park. This will be the first ever in Labrador and will protect northern Labrador's arctic wilderness.

  • January 20, 2005 - Arctic Rivers 'Flowing Faster' - BBC
    UK scientists report that there is an increase in the amount of fresh water entering the Arctic Ocean from rivers. This could change the global distribution of water and affect the climate system itself.

  • January 7, 2005 - In Melting Arctic, Warming Is Now - USA Today
    The Arctic area currently is undergoing a clear ecological change according to scientists and the Inuit who live there.

  • January 5, 2005 - Climate: The Debate Is Changing - Space Daily
    There is now a scientific concensus that global warming is real and it is being caused by humans. This is is the conclusion of a researcher who reviewed over 1000 technical papers in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

  • January 5, 2005 - Arctic Environmentalists Map ... Impacts of Mackenzie Valley Pipeline - Calgary Herald
    A Canadian conservation group has developed data to show the possible environmental impact of a Mackenzie Valley pipeline..

  • January 4, 2005 - Akita Drilling Ready for Beufort Job - Edmonton Journal
    Akita Drilling Company is encouraged by the news that Devon Energy has pledged $60 million for exploration of drilling sites in the Beaufort Sea.




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