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April 24, 2015
Arctic nations meet under threat of new Cold War
Ottawa, Canada (AFP) Apr 23, 2015
The thawing of the polar ice promises Arctic nations new opportunities to open ocean trade routes and offshore oil fields. But the chill in relations between Western powers and their Arctic neighbor Russia could make the North a frontline in a new Cold War. Senior envoys from the countries of the Arctic Council will meet on Thursday in the Canadian Arctic city of Iqaluit, on Baffin Island. The United States will assume chairmanship of the group with a call to address the threats and ne ... read more

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Polar bears unlikely to thrive on land-based foods
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Research led by a University of New Hampshire professor has identified a new source of methane for gas hydrates - ice-like substances found in sediment that trap methane within the crystal structure ... more
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Study: Gulf Stream slower than ever before
The Gulf Stream is the weakest it's been in the last 1,000 years. And as glacier melt in the Arctic continues to accelerate, the foot of the Atlantic's most powerful ocean current keeps pressing harder and harder on the brake pedal. ... more
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2015 Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent Is Lowest On Record
The sea ice cap of the Arctic appeared to reach its annual maximum winter extent on Feb. 25, according to data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of ... more
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Preparing For Operation IceBridge Arctic 2015
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Massive amounts of fresh water, glacial melt pouring into Gulf of Alaska
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Past warming increased snowfall on Antarctica, affecting global sea level
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First global review on the status, future of Arctic marine mammals
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Blue blood on ice - How an Antarctic octopus survives the cold
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