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Arctic News Archives - Living Organisms and Fossils

A collection of older (2003-2004) 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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Living Organisms News - 2004

  • December 30, 2004 - Two Traditions Meet To Save Caribou. - CBC
    Scientists and Inuit hunters are banding together to try to determin why the number of caribou on Banks Island has decreased.

  • December 13, 2004 - Pollution Hotspots - BBC
    The Arctic has been designated as a pollution hotspot due to problems with Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) that threaten the health of humans and animals. POPs are probably carried from industrialized nations on wind currents.

  • November 16, 2004 - Arctic Animals Face Stress Of Warming Habitat - CBC
    Warming oceans, new diseases and changes in the environment are stressing many Arctic species to the point where some biologists worry that some species may not survive. Hundreds of eider ducks died last year of Avian cholera, a disease previously seen only in warmer areas. (Similar story from Belfast Telegraph.)

  • November 8, 2004 - Arctic Warming At Twice Global Rate - CNN
    Global warming is heating the Arctic almost twice as fast as the rest of the planet in a thaw that threatens millions of livelihoods and could wipe out polar bears by 2100, an eight-nation report said. (Similar story from BBC)

  • October/November, 2004 - Arctic Denizens Feel The Heat - NWF
    Climate change is adversely affecting wildlife and human communities, especially in the Arctic. For many changes in the sea ice are particularly devastating. The polar bear is already in trouble.

  • October 20, 2004 - Dinosaur Fossils Show Arctic's Jurassic Age - CBC
    Bones of a large meat-eating dinosaur have been found on a mountainside of Bylot Island.

  • October 17, 2004 - Polar Bear Migration Draws Tourists To Canadian Town - Post Gazette
    The town of Churchill, Manitoba is right in the middle of the migration route of polar bears. Many tourists come to see the hundreds of bears that pass by during the late fall.

  • October 15, 2004 - Vanishing Seabirds Worry Arctic Biologists - CBC
    Changing ice conditions are causing two species of gulls to have substantial drops in population. Other seabirds are changing their eating habits and it appears the chicks are not surviving as well on the new diet.

  • October 14, 2004 - Falcon Tracker Finds Foul Environment - Planet Ark
    A naturalist who tracks peregrine falcons is concerned about the loss of the birds' habitat in the ANWR if oil companies open it for drilling. He likens the area to the Oklahoma Land Rush with oil companies positioning themselves for the opening.

  • September 27, 2004 - Arctic Drilling As Divisive As Issues Get - Sacramento Bee
    Bush and 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 27, 2004 - Alaska Scientists Find Arctic Tundra Yields Surprising Carbon Loss - SpaceDaily
    Scientists did not find an expected link between plant growth and carbon-storage in tundra plants, but instead found that there was a big loss of carbon from the soil under simulated global warming conditions.

  • September 22, 2004 - Rock Bugs Resist Polar Extremes - BBC
    Microbe colonies (cyanobacteria) seem to thrive under rocks in the Arctic and in Antarctica, in spite of extreme ultraviolet light and frigid temperatures.

  • September 13, 2004 - More Scientific Evidence That Polar Bears Are Affected By Toxic Chemicals - ENN
    The World Wildlife Federation reports that polar bears are being contaminated by PCBs and pesticides and these chemicals are affecting the health of the animals.

  • September 11, 2004 - Polar Bear Injures Russian Explorer - Novosti
    An explorer in Franz Joseph Land was attacked and wounded by a polar bear, but will recover. (Map of Franz Joseph Land from Encarta.)

  • September 10, 2004 - Scientists Find Secret Of Life... - Independent
    Study of an Arctic crater caused by an an asteroid has led scientists to conclude that asteroids can help microbial life flourish by providing a warm, protected environment.

  • September 7, 2004 - Dark Future For White Animals In Warm Arctic - Dawn
    White fur, which has camouflaged a variety of animals in the Arctic for centuries, is now proving a detriment as the Arctic warms and ice melts revealing dark patches of ground.

  • Sept. 2, 2004 - New Swimming Reptile Fossil In Arctic - CNN
    A sixteen-foot fossil of a a new species of fish-like lizard has been found in Svalbard, Norway.

  • August 31, 2004 - Ice Clarifies Climate's Secrets - USA Today
    Pink ice, 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 28, 2004 - Denmark Backs Down On Fishing - National Post
    Danish shrimp trawlers have been recalled from Newfoundland waters after the Canadian government warned they would close their ports to all Danish vessels if fishing was not discontinued. Canada has been worried about the overfishing by other nations, but Denmark says its quota was set too low.

  • August 27, 2004 - Toxins Accumulate In Arctic Peoples, Animals - National Geographic
    Studies of 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 25, 2004 - Arctic Ecosystem Under Threat - Washington Times
    Increased oil and gas exploration and drilling as well as overfishing, nuclear waste and the invasion of non-native species is wreaking havoc in the Barents Sea area according to the United Nations Environmental Program. (See a map of Barents Sea. View map of wells in the area. Similar story by BBC.)

  • August 16, 2004 - Greenland Ice Core Project Yields Probable Ancient Plant Remains - Space Daily
    Researchers from the North Greenland Ice Core (NGRIP) project have recovered what appear to be plant remains between the glacial ice and the bedrock. These plants are thought to date to the Pleistocene period. (See more at NGRIP site.)

  • August 16, 2004 - Seabed Samples Offer Glimpse To Arctic Past - CBC
    Scientists in the Queen Maud Gulf are studying sediments from the seabed to help them better understand the marine ecosystem in the Arctic. (Map of Queen Maud Gulf.)

  • 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 of goose.)

  • August 13, 2004 - Iceland, Norway In Dispute Over Herring - Washington Times
    Norway has set a quota for herring fishing in the Arctic Ocean around Svalbard. Iceland is contesting this quota and sovereignty over the area. (Map and images of Svalbard, Norway.)

  • August 4, 2004 - Alert Issued For Alaskan Oysters, Seafood - CBC North
    Some Alaskan seafood seems to be infected with a warm-water bacteria, and people are warned not to eat RAW Alaskan seafood. This bacteria is normally not seen in Alaskan waters but the summer's warmer-than-usual temperature have allowed it flourish.

  • July 28, 2004 - Scientists Spot Rare Blue Whale In Alaska - Silicon Valley
    The largest animal known to live on earth, the blue whale, has been sighted off the coast of Alaska. This is the first confirmed sighting in over 30 years.This whale is a protected species.

  • July 28, 2004 - Polar Bears Roam Arctic Ice On Borrowed Time - TerraDaily
    The polar bear is being exposed to a number of perils that lead scientists to fear that it is on the road to extinction. Mutations are showing up, presumably due to increased toxins from environmental waste.

  • July 28, 2004 - Whales Are No Competition - The Star
    Whales and dolphins do not appear to be responsible for depletion of world fish stocks according to a new scientific study. These data refute an argument by pro-whaling nations that whales need to be hunted to protect marine food stock.

  • July 21, 2004 - Greenland Warned on Whaling Toll - BBC
    The International Whaling Commission is not sure there are enough fin and minke whales in Greenland waters to safely allow Greenland communities to continue their annual hunt.

  • July 18, 2004 - 120,000-Year-Old Ice Houses Tiny Bacteria - Detroit News
    Colonies of live bacteria have been found in a deep ice core from a Greenland glacier.

  • July 17, 2004 - Protecting The Arctic From Oilmen - International Herald Tribune
    A plan has been announced to lease rights for oil and gas development in Teshekpuk Lake, an important breeding ground for many Arctic birds and subsistence area for the indigenous Inupiat who hunt and fish there. (Map of the area - The lake is near the yellow-colored Beaufort Sea Planning Area.)

  • July 12, 2004 - Baby Walrus Rescued... - North Country Times
    A baby walrus rescued by fishermen in Alaska is undergoing care at the SeaLife Center in Seward, and will eventually go to SeaWorld in San Diego.

  • July 10, 2004 - ROM Helps The Red Knot Spread Its Wings - National Post
    The Red Knot, a type of Arctic sandpiper, has been dying off in "astounding numbers" over the past few years. So the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has been investigating why. It was linked the harvesting of "pregnant" horseshoe crabs, an essential part of the birds' diet. Lobbying has been ongoing to ban fishermen from taking the crabs before they lay their eggs.

  • July 9, 2004 - Three Democratic Senate Candidates Call For Opening ANWR - RigZone
    Senatorial 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 next Congress.

  • July 6, 2004 - Ice Melting May Be Harming Polar Bears - CBC
    Fewer polar bear cubs are being seen in Hudson Bay and the Beaufort Strait in the past few years. A biologist studying the bears sees a link to the sea ice breaking up earlier than ever the past few years.

  • July 5, 2004 - Move To Protect Arctic Char Launched - Scotsman
    Conservation experts from six countries have launched an effort to protect the Arctic Char, which has the ability to change shape and color in response to its environment. Populations of this fish have been declining in Britain and Europe.

  • July 2, 2004 - Nine New Sites Join World Heritage List - Scotsman
    Two Arctic sites were among nine sites recently named to the World Heritage List. One was Russia's Wrangle Island Reserve, a habitat for polar bear and seals. The other is the Ilulissat Icefjord, on the west coast of Greenland.This designation provides added protection for these areas.

  • June 28, 2004 - Counting Nemo and Friends In the Arctic - SpaceDaily
    Scientists from several nations have joined together to take a census of marine life in the Arctic Ocean. They will examine the sea ice, sea floor, and water for different types of organisms.They will focus on the Canada Basin. (Similar story from ScienceDaily.)

  • June 4, 2004 - Ancient Life On Cold-Water Corals - BBC
    The UN Environment Programme reports that cold-water reefs are quite widespread and harbor many organisms thought to be long-extinct. These ancient reefs are spread from Greenland to the sub-Antarctic islands.

  • June 4, 2004 - Belgium, Luxembourg Ban Seal Skin Imports - New Zealand Herald
    Concern over the way seals are killed has led Belgium and Luxembourg to ban the import of all seal skins. An exception was made for those coming from Inuit and indigenous sources.

  • June 4, 2004 - Ailing Alaska Killer Whales To Get Protection - ABC
    A small group of killer whales, depleted since the Exxon oil spill, has been granted special protection by US officials.

  • June 3, 2004 - Man-Made Toxins Found In Arctic - CBS
    Chemicals 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 Yahoo)

  • May 28, 2004 - Recovery Beluga Whales In Alaska Lacking - Las Vegas Sun
    The beluga whales population in Cook Inlet, Alaska is still low, even though hunting has been strictly limited, so a new conservation program is being launched.

  • May 27, 2004 - Tiny Bugs Retrieved From Glacial Deep Freeze- New Scientist
    Fifteen new species of bacteria have been found in ice retrieved from a Greenland glacier. These microbes are extremely small, but are not nanobacteria.

  • May 11, 2004 - Protect Endangered Beluga, Caribou... - CBC North
    The Committee On the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has asked for the government to protect the Peary caribou and beluga whale under the Federal Species At Risk Act. Hunting around Greenland appears to have been very hard on Beluga whale populations.

  • May 11, 2004 - Norway Opens Whaling Season - The Australian
    Norwegian whalers are defying an international ban on hunting minke whales, this year setting a quota of 67 whales for commercial whalers.

  • April 19, 2004 - Tourists Ignoring Call To Boycott Alaska... - AZ Central
    An animal rights group is trying to revive a tourism boycott in order to put pressure on the state to outlaw hunting of wolves from airplanes. So far the plea seems to be unsuccessful.

  • April 17, 2004 - ...A Robin In the Arctic? - Globe and Mail
    Robins and sockeye salmon have now been seen in the Arctic. There are signs that a warming trend is changing the patterns of migration and adaptation of other species, too.

  • April 14, 2004 - Bowheads On The Beeb - CBC North
    A reality 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 14, 2004 - Seal Cull Ignores Cameras, Protests - The Australian
    Canadian hunters are being allowed to kill 350,000 harp seals this year, in order to cull the herds so that they will not threaten cod stocks.

  • April 8, 2004 - Barren Siberia... May Be Original Home To Animal Life - Science Daily
    A University of Kansas researcher and a University of Florida researcher have found evidence that trilobites, regarded as one of the earliest forms of animal life, may have originated in what is now Siberia.

  • April 7, 2004 - Trans-Arctic Expedition Sets Off From Siberia - Russian Information Agency Novosti
    An international 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 - Alarm Sounded On Narwhal Decline - BBC
    The narwhal population seems to have declined, possibly due to hunting, fishing and local climate change around Greenland.

  • Mar. 25, 2004 - Four Nunavut Communities Want to Host Whale Hunt - CBC North
    Inuit in Nunavut have received permission for traditional hunting of a bowhead whale. Several communities want to sponsor the hunt.

  • Mar. 24, 2004 - Scores of Seabirds Starving in Alaska - Las Vegas SUN
    Two thousand seabirds (Common Murres) are dead or dying along the south-central coast of Alaska. At this point, the cause is unknown. (Photo of common murre.)

  • Mar. 24, 2004 - Reindeer Herders Building Snowy Drive-In - The State (SC)
    Reindeer herders in Norway are building a snowmobile drive-in theater for the Eighth Sami Film Festival, April 5-7.

  • Mar. 10, 2004 - Whale Groups Focus on Cruelty - New Zealand Herald
    A report on whaling from world Animal Welfare groups has been released. This report is a detailed report of whether current methods of whaling, especially the explosive harpoon, are humane.The full report can be downloaded from the article.

  • Feb. 16, 2004 - Consumption of Whale Meat Linked to Disruption In Children's Brain Development - Environmental Investigation Agency
    Levels of mercury are high enough in whales and dolphin to be dangerous to children who eat these foods. The mercury has been shown to cause damage to the nervous system if ingested.

  • Feb. 13, 2004 - Study Approves Limited Bowhead Whale Hunt - Nunatsiaq News
    A study of the Bowhead whale population leads wildlife management experts to agree that one whale can be taken every two years from the Hudson Bay population and one every thirteen years from the Baffin Bay area. This level is the same as that agreed to in 1996, for Inuit hunters.

  • Feb. 8, 2004 - Alaskan Sea Otters' Disappearance A Mystery - Yahoo!
    The number of sea otters dropped drastically between 1992 and 2000 in Alaskan waters. Wildlife officials worry that their reduced numbers will affect other parts of the food chain adversely. The decline may be due to global warming, increased ocean pollution or problems elsewhere in the food chain.

  • Jan. 30, 2004 - Exxon's Alaska Spill Bill Climbs to $5.8bn - Australian
    An Alaskan 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 the decision.

  • Jan. 28, 2004 - Inuit Changed Arctic Ecosystem ... -CBC News
    The hunting practices of prehistoric Inuit whalers dramatically changed an Arctic pond ecosystem on Somerset Island, long before European settlers arrived according to researchers who studied sediments and fossils from the pond.

  • Jan. 16, 2004 - ...Origins of Peat Bogs Raises Concerns - Science Daily
    Siberian peat bogs which are typically frozen appear to be huge repositories of carbon dioxide and thus play a major role in world climate balance. If these bogs thaw due to currently rising temperatures in the Arctic, there is concern that they may release this gas into the atmosphere causing major and unexpected shifts in climate. (Similar story from National Geographic; Another story from NSF ).

  • Jan. 15, 2004 - Global Warming Affecting Salmon - BBC
    The wild salmon season in Scotland was affected by a serious drop-off in the number of fish. Scientists believe this population decline is a result of global warming.

  • Jan. 10, 2004 - These Squirrels Are Super Cool - Wired
    Scientists are studying Arctic ground squirrels to learn how they "super-cool" their bodies. These animals during hibernation can drop its internal temperature to below freezing and still keep their blood in a liquid state.

  • Jan. 5, 2004 - Alaska Wildlife Experts Use Floating Lab - The State
    Researchers 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

  • Dec. 17, 2003 - Loss of Habitat Endangers Norway Reindeer - Reuters
    Construction and development of land along with other human activity are rapidly decreasing the habitat for reindeer in Norway. It is estimated that they have lost 50% of their habitat over the past 50 years. The population of reindeer has shrunk 50% since the 1960s, due to disturbance of breeding grounds.

  • Dec. 8, 2003 - Researchers Publish Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map - Eureka Alert
    After 11 years of work, a detailed map of the Arctic biome has been published. The base map is developed from satellite data and covers the area north of the Arctic tree zone. It incorporates the work of 35 scientists from several countries. (Graphics of the map and how to order it.)

  • Nov. 24, 2003 - Fish Off Arctic City Get Drug Cocktail From Sewers - Yahoo
    Fish near a Norwegian city are showing high levels of pain killers and caffeine in their bodies. It appears that these chemicals, flushed down the sewers, are not breaking down in the cold Arctic waters. The effects are, as yet, unknown.

  • Nov. 20, 2003 - Northern Forests Threatened by Global Warming - North CBC
    A warmer climate will increase the risks of insects, disease and fire in Northern Canadian forests, say researchers. Officials are urged to try to "make their forests less flammable" if warming trends continue.

  • Nov. 20, 2003 - Climate Linked to Reproduction of Right Whales - Science Daily
    If climate continues to show a warming trend, the highly endangered right whale of the North Atlantic may be unable to recover its numbers. Climatic changes affect the number of zooplankton available. These are the basis of the whale's diet and it appears that the whale does not reproduce well unless sufficient food is available.

  • Nov. 13, 2003 - Salmon Choke On Silt - Tidepool (Environment Section)
    Scores of chinook and soho salmon suffocated when trying to spawn due to huge amounts of glacial silt in the creeks and rivers. This has been attributed to unusually warm weather eroding the glaciers on Mount Adams in Washington.

  • Nov. 12, 2003 - Climate Linked to Extinction of Alaskan Horses - Yahoo
    The extinction of Alaskan horses about 12, 500 years ago was probably due to changes in climate rather than hunting.

  • Nov. 4, 2003 - Alaska Board Approves Aerial Shooting of Wolves - Defenders of Wildlife
    Approval has been given by the Alaska Board of Game for the shooting of wolves from aircraft. They say the move is necessary to save declining moose populations. Opponents do not agree.

  • Oct. 30, 2003 - Polar Bears' Habitat Threatened... - Science Daily
    Dramatic thinning of Arctic sea ice is threatening the polar bear population as it gives them less time to hunt for food. The sea ice has thinned about 40% since the 1960s.

  • Oct. 21, 2003 - Decline In Caribou Numbers Sparks Debate - CBC North
    The Bathurst caribou herd has declined to approximately half the number seen in the last survey, 7 years ago, according to scientists. Increased development in the herd's territory has been blamed by some for this decline.

  • Oct. 16, 2003 - ...Deep Sea Encounter With Rare, Massive Greenland Shark - Science Daily
    Scientists in a submersible off the coast of Maine were startled to come face-to-face with a rare Greenland shark (link to image provided).

  • Oct. 7, 2003 - Research Shows Little Effect From Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling - Science Daily
    A new study study shows that offshore oil drilling has had little negative impact on the Alaskan Arctic marine ecosystem over the past four years.

  • Oct. 2, 2003 - Roaming ... Is What Pacing Polar Bears Are Missing - Science Daily
    Stereotyped pacing by polar bears in zoos appears to be due to having too little room to roam, rather than not being able to hunt.

  • Oct. 1, 2003 - New Chemicals in Arctic's Toxic Stew - MSNBC
    Chemicals used in tv sets and computers and as stain removers and flame retardants have been showing up in polar bears, whales and birds, according the latest 5 year study. This adds to other toxins that have previously been found in these animals.

  • Sept. 24, 2003 - Collapse of Seals, Sea Lions... Triggered by Overfishing of Great Whales - Science Daily
    Overfishing of whales in the North Pacific Ocean may have triggered one of the longest and most complex ecological chain reactions ever described, according to a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

  • Sept. 17, 2003 - Spawning Salmon Polluting Alaskan Lakes... -
    Salmon migrating from the Pacific are carrying PCBs in their fat cells. These PCBs are probably the result of ocean pollution from coastal factories. The salmon then seem to be polluting the lakes to which they migrate with these cancer-causing chemicals.

  • Sept. 5, 2003 - Neither Snow Nor Cold Stops Arctic Fungi - Science Magazine
    The territory under the snow is populated with huge numbers of fungi. Many have never been seen before. These microorganisms are very important in the tundra ecosystem.

  • Sept. 5, 2003 - Catch Limits Increased As Salmon Run Booms - CBC News
    Commercial and recreational fishing limits have been increased due to a near-record salmon run this year on Yukon rivers.

  • August 30, 2003 - Extreme Tides Strand Beluga Whales -
    Forty-six Beluga whales were stranded in mud flats after a very low tide near Anchorage Alaska. Two died, but the rest swam out with the high tide.

  • August 6, 2003 - Iceland To Resume Whaling - CBS News
    Iceland announced plans to catch 38 Minke whales as a scientific endeavor. Head of International Whaling Commission says it is not relevant science and is not necessary. (See also Ananova report.)

  • August 6, 2003 - Researcher Studies Bringing Musk-Ox To Market - CBC News
    Musk-ox hides are extremely good insulators, a finding made when researchers were trying to study the animals to determine if they could be raised for meat.

  • August 1, 2003 - Vanishing Arctic Gulls Puzzle Biologists - CBC News
    The population of Ivory Gulls in the Arctic has taken a sudden downturn. Breeding areas where there once were hundreds of gulls now have very few.

  • July 29, 2003 - Scientists Plunge Into Arctic Lakes - CBC News
    Canadian scientists are collecting water, algae and zooplankton from Lake Hazen, about 800 km from the North Pole, to get a better handle on climate change and its effects on Arctic lakes.

  • July 16, 2003 - Polar Bears Threatened By Arctic Ice Decline - Pakistan Daily Times
    Warming trends have been steadily shrinking the Arctic ice pack. This has a negative impact on the ability of polar bears to hunt enough seals to keep them healthy. Conservation experts are worried.

  • June 16, 2003 - Global Panel Supports Whale Conservation - CBC News
    The International Whaling Commission voted to improve efforts to protect whales for in spite of objections from Japan, Norway, Iceland and several other nations.

  • June 4, 2003 - Tiny Plants Sustained Ice Age Herds- CBC News
    Fossil records indicate that ice age herd of mammoth, horses and bison lived on grasses and prairie sage.

  • May 30, 2003 - Hungry Polar Bear Samples Submarine - Anchorage Daily
    A polar bear gnawed on the rudder of a partially sufaced US submarine and did some minimal damage.

  • May 15, 2003 - Globally, 90% of Large Fish Are Gone - Science A GoGo
    Scientists have reported, in Nature magazine, that only 10% of all large fish are left in the sea. Industrial fisheries have had a major impact on fish populations.

  • May 12, 2003 - Norway Advises Pregnant Women Against Whale Meat - Reuters
    Norwegian scientists have advised pregnant women and those who are breast-feeding to avoid eating whale meat because of high levels of mercury found in the meat.

  • May 8, 2003 - Biologists Study Bugs' Antifreeze - National Geographic
    Alaskan researchers are studying how insects live in extreme cold. Their secret seems to be hemolymph, a substance found in their blood.

  • 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 from Nature)

  • April 3, 2003 -Iceland Bids To Resume Whaling - BBC
    Iceland has asked to be allowed to catch whales for scientific purposes. Conservationists believe that this is a thinly disguised way to resume commercial whaling, but Iceland denies the charges.

  • April 1, 2003 -Toxin Threat to Inuit Food - BBC
    A traditional diet of polar bear, seal, and whale is resulting in "unacceptable" levels of man-made environmental toxins in the Inuit population in Greenland.

  • March 21, 2003 -ANWR Deal Hailed For Protecting Caribou - CBC North
    The American Senate voted, early this week, not to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to development. Native Americans hail this as a great decision as it will protect the caribou calving grounds.

  • March 11, 2003 -Central Caribou Herd Grows... - ANWR Feature
    The caribou herd population on Alaska's North Slope is the highest ever recorded according to a recent camera survey by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

  • 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
    Scientists 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.

  • Feb. 13, 2003 - Global Warming Causes Genetic Changes - Science A Go Go
    An Alberta researcher has identified changes in the genetic makeup of Canadian red squirrels that he attributes to increasing spring temperatures in the area. This is the first time it has been proven a species has responded genetically to cope with environmental forces.

  • Jan. 9, 2003 - Polar bear "Extinct Within 100 Years." -BBC News
    Global warming may cause the polar bear to become extinct within 100 years if sea ice continues to melt at the present rate.

  • Jan. 6, 2003 - Arctic Drilling May Imperil Young Golden Eagles -Philadelphia
    Young golden eagles do not spend their summers in Denali National Park and Preserve, as previously thought, but head further north to oil-rich areas of the Arctic.

  • Jan. 2, 2003 - FingerPrints of Global Warming On Wild Plants And Animals - Nature
    Scientists are concerned on the ability of wild plants and animals to adapt to the increases in global average temperature. Current studies indicate that global warming is already stressing many organisms.


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