Battle for the Arctic: Russia deploys S-400 missile defense systems

Europe 09/19/19, 14:53

Russia replaced the S-300 missile defense systems on Yuzhuny Island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in northern Russia with its new S-400 Triumph version as part of its plan to increase military presence in the Arctic. The S-400 is considered the world's most advanced surface-to-air missile system and can reach enemy ...

Feds to investigate spike in gray whale deaths on West Coast

U.S. 05/31/19, 16:30

U.S. scientists said Friday they will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches.About 70 whales have been found dead so far this year on the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the most since 2000. About five more have been ...

Pompeo going to Russia amid disputes over Venezuela, Arctic

Politics 05/10/19, 10:13

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head to Russia to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin amid disputes over Venezuela's political turmoil and other issues. Pompeo will arrive in Moscow on Monday and then travel to Sochi on Tuesday to see Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The State Department ...

Pompeo skips visit to Greenland amid new tensions with Iran

Politics 05/08/19, 23:17

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has cancelled a visit to Greenland to return to Washington amid an escalation of tensions with Iran. Pompeo had been due to wrap up a trip to Europe on Thursday with a stop in Greenland aimed at promoting the Trump administration's Arctic policies. Those policies ...

Climate change missing as US defends Arctic policy

Europe 05/07/19, 03:35

The Arctic is melting, but don't ask U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to mention climate change. For the Trump administration, disappearing sea ice in the world's "high north" is first and foremost an opportunity to exploit rather than a crisis to mitigate. That position was made clear by Pompeo over two ...

China, climate, Russia to dominate Pompeo Europe tour

Politics 05/05/19, 14:00

The Trump administration is energizing its campaign to counter China's growing global influence as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Europe this week on a four-nation trip that will also highlight disputes with Russia over Venezuela and elsewhere as well as deep U.S. isolation on the cause and impact ...

Bering Sea changes startle scientists, worry residents

Science 04/13/19, 11:08

The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms.Frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents waves from forming ...

Russia seeks to protect its interests in the Arctic, FM says

Europe 04/09/19, 05:08

Russia's foreign minister says military deployments in the Arctic are intended to protect national interests.Speaking Tuesday at the Arctic forum in St. Petersburg, Sergey Lavrov said that "we ensure the necessary defense capability in view of the military-political situation near our borders." He charged that a recent NATO exercise in ...

Russia stakes its hold on the Arctic, revamps military bases

Europe 04/04/19, 10:14

Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defense systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project power to the resource-rich polar region.The base, dubbed Severny Klever (Northern Clover) for its trefoil shape, is painted in the colors of the ...

Coast Guard leader: More money needed to compete in Arctic

U.S. 03/21/19, 17:18

Strapped with an aging fleet, the U.S. Coast Guard is about to award a contract for a much-needed new icebreaker to help compete against Russia and China for a presence in the Arctic, but the service needs more funding for operations and infrastructure, its commandant said Thursday.Adm. Karl Schultz also ...

Polar bears invade Russian town; locals delighted but wary

World 02/12/19, 17:29

Russian wildlife specialists are heading for an Arctic archipelago to try to resolve a situation that has both terrified and delighted the locals: the polar bears that moved into a populated area.It's not the first time that polar bears have come to Novaya Zemlya, but their numbers this time are ...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Enviroment 02/11/19, 21:39

Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling be allowed because of the effects ...

Science Says: Get used to polar vortex outbreaks

Science 01/28/19, 15:57

It might seem counterintuitive, but the dreaded polar vortex is bringing its icy grip to the Midwest thanks to a sudden blast of warm air in the Arctic.Get used to it. The polar vortex has been wandering more often in recent years.It all started with misplaced Moroccan heat. Last month, ...

Freezing Finland hits Europe’s winter record low temperature

Europe 01/27/19, 09:50

Winters in Finland are often frigid but meteorologists say the Nordic nation's Lapland region has produced Europe's coldest temperature this winter at minus 38.7 degrees Celsius (minus 37.7 degrees Fahrenheit).Meteorologist Ari-Juhani Punkka from the Finnish Meteorological Institute told Finnish public broadcaster YLE on Sunday that Finland and northeastern Europe were ...

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

Science 12/11/18, 17:36

Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica.New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the bleakest pictures yet of dramatic and dangerous warming in ...

Justices weigh free speech case involving ‘Arctic Man’ event

Politics 11/26/18, 17:05

The Supreme Court on Monday waded into a freedom of speech case resulting from an arrest at Arctic Man, a snowmobile and ski race event that draws thousands to a remote campsite in Alaska. Justices heard arguments in a case with the potential to affect people who might sue police over ...

Powerful underwater quake off Norwegian Arctic island

Europe 11/09/18, 05:20

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck in the Arctic Ocean Friday, northwest of a largely uninhabited and remote Norwegian island, officials said. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.The Norwegian earthquake center NORSAR says the quake was recorded at 2:49 a.m. in the sea between the ...

Museum spotlights connection between Matisse, Native people

U.S. 10/27/18, 12:08

Nearly 64 years after his death, Henri Matisse has become one of the few non-Native Americans to have an exhibition at a Phoenix museum dedicated to Native culture.The little-known intersection of one of the 20th century's greatest artists and the Inuit people is at the heart of a show opening ...

Arctic offshore production wells approved off Alaska’s coast

U.S. 10/24/18, 12:34

The first oil and gas production wells in federal Arctic waters have been approved by U.S. regulators.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Wednesday announced it issued a conditional permit for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp for production wells on an artificial island in ...

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