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Global Climate Change 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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    March, 2006

  • March 22, 2006 - Retiree Plans To Paddle His Canoe Solo On 8,000-kilometre Trek -
    A retiree, Jay Morrison, has made plans to paddle solo from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Beaufort Sea near Inuvik -- something no one has ever done in one year.

  • March 22, 2006 - Barents Sea Disappointment for Statoil - Aftenposten
    Statoil confirmed Wednesday that a well at its Uranus prospect in the Barents Sea failed to find producible oil or gas but said it had not lost hope of a discovery in the area. Map of Barents Sea region from MSN Encarta.

  • March 21, 2006 - Russian Nuclear Subs To Survey Arctic Continental Shelf Borders - Novosti
    Russian nuclear-powered submarines will participate in a project to survey Russia's continental shelf borders in the Arctic, a source in the defense ministry said Tuesday. The greater part of the Russian Arctic shelf zone is below a thick icecap so systematic surveys could only be provided by nuclear subs.

  • March 21, 2006 - Oil Gushes Into Arctic Ocean From BP Pipeline - Independent Online
    Across the frozen North Slope of Alaska, the region's largest oil accident on record has been sending hundreds of thousands of litres of crude pouring into the Arctic Ocean during the past week after a badly corroded BPO pipeline ruptured. Similar stories from Houston Chronicle and STL .

  • March 20, 2006 - Proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Spurs Arctic Mega-plan - Vancouver Sun
    A proposed Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline is still before the regulators and it's already creating massive new plans for industrial development in the Arctic. Vancouver-based West Hawk Development has unveiled plans to strip-mine extensive coal reserves along the Mackenzie River and begin building $2 billion worth of coal gasification plants to tie into the pipeline within four years.

  • March 17, 2006 - Senate Panel To OK ANWR Drilling Bill By Mid-May - Reuters
    he U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will approve legislation by mid-May to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, according to the panel's chairman.

  • March 16, 2006 - Democrats Want U.S. Budget Bill to Drop Oil Drilling - ENN
    Senate Democrats will try to remove language from a pending budget bill that calls for the government to raise billions of dollars in leasing fees from oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

  • March 10, 2006 - Three Months Adrift On Pack-Ice - The Independent Bangladesh
    French adventurer, Jean-Louis Etienne, is completing his "Pack-ice mission" - a voyage of three months adrift between the North Pole and Greenland on board a tiny capsule similar to that used in the Apollo space mission.

  • March 9, 2006 - Fishery Bosses Ban Pacific Krill Fishing - CBS
    The Pacific Fishery Management Council, an advisory board to the National Marine Fisheries Service, moved to prohibit krill fishing off Pacific shores. The recommendation must now be approved by the agency.

  • March 3, 2006 - Ice Warrior Arctic Expedition - BBC
    A diary exerpt from British explorer Jim McNeill who is attempting to become the first person to travel to all four North Poles. Keep up with his expedition at the BBC.

  • February, 2006

  • February 20, 2006 - Pioneers Keep Flocking To Russia's Frontier - BBC
    Salekhard, the capital of the Yamal peninsula region, is finding itself to be a busy place these days. Gas workers are being taken by helicopter from Salekhard to the gas-rich areas of the peninsula.

  • February 20, 2006 - Northern Hamlet, Like Other Mackenzie Delta Communities Split on Pipeline - National Post (Canada)
    People in the tiny Inuit hamlet of Tsiigehtchic in the Northwest Territories are split on whether they should vote for or against building a natural gas pipeline through the Mackenzie Valley. Some see it as an opportunity for financial gain and community growth while others see it as harmful to the environment and disruptive.

  • February 20, 2006 - Explorer Set For Historic Arctic Adventure - BBC
    British Arctic explorer Jim McNeill sets off on Monday on one of the most demanding polar expeditions ever attempted. His 1,000-mile solo journey will involve attempts to reach three of the four North Poles: the magnetic, the geographic, the geomagnetic and the Arctic. The last is a point never before reached by a lone explorer. Similar story from The Independent.

  • February 20, 2006 - Bipartisan Effort Keeps Icebreaker Here - Seattle Times
    Alaskan politicians think the Coastguard icebreaker, the Healy, should be based closer to the ice where it is needed. But the people of Seattle think that it should remain in Seattle, where it has been based for many years. It looks like the efforts of Washington state politicians will enable the state to keep the icebreaker in their port for at least one more year, especially since it appears that moving it to an Alaskan port would be quite expensive initially.

  • February 17, 2006 - Russian, Norwegian Foreign Ministers To Meet In Moscow - Novosti
    The foreign ministers of Russia and Norway will meet in Moscow this week to discuss problems connected with the fishing industry and delineating maritime borders, as well as energy projects and other important issues.

  • February 16, 2006 - Norway, Russia Close To Strategic Partnership... - Novosti
    The Norwegian foreign minister said Thursday that the Scandinavian country and Russia were close to forming a strategic partnership. The partnership would allow Norwegian oil and gas companies to participate in Russian projects off the Arctic coast.

  • February 16, 2006 - Legal Case Against US On Climate - BBC
    U.S. conservation groups have begun a new legal case aimed at forcing government action on climate change. They have filed a petition with the UN arguing that Waterton-Glacier Peace Park, a protected area, is being damaged by rising temperatures. Learn more about the park.

  • January, 2006

  • January 12, 2006 - New Area In Alaska Arctic Opened To Drilling - MSNBC
    The Bush administration has opened nearly half a million acres of federal land in northeastern Alaska to oil drilling � a move blasted by environmentalists but praised by industry, which notes the area is in a long-designated petroleum reserve.

  • January 11, 2006 - Interior Dept. Clears Way For Oil Leases In Part of Alaska's North Slope - USA Today
    The U.S. Department of the Interior said it would allow oil development in virtually all of the wetlands surrounding Lake Teshekpuk in the northeast corner of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The lake region includes one of the most important molting areas in the Arctic for wild geese and areas sought out by caribou herds for calving.




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