Arctic News

Congress Authorizes New Arctic Icebreakers for Coast Guard

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Congress has passed a bill authorizing the addition of Coast Guard Polar Security Cutters for use as icebreakers, and an Alaska senator said the Trump administration is considering leasing an icebreaker owned by a Republican donor. …

Longest Arctic Sailing Season Tops Off a Year of Climate Disasters

Thinning ice in the Arctic Ocean made this year’s navigation season for natural gas tankers the longest on record, the latest sign that the pace of climate change is accelerating in the Earth’s northernmost latitudes. The Northern Sea Route, stretching …

Arctic Headache for Ship Insurers as Routes Open Up

LONDON — When Captain Will Whatley guides a ship through Arctic waters, he is starkly aware of what can go wrong. Double the manpower is needed to navigate. Lookout shifts are kept to just one hour, so sailors don’t lose …

Worst-Ever Arctic Fires Released Record Amount of CO2

The Arctic has experienced the worst fire season on record for the second year in a row, with giant wildfires sending over one third more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than last year. Fires raging across the Arctic Circle emitted …

Russia’s Rusal Seeks Management Changes At Nornickel After Fuel Spill

Russian aluminum giant Rusal has asked the board of Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) , in which it has a major stake, to change its management and overhaul its environmental policies after a fuel spill in Siberia. Russia’s environmental watchdog demanded Nornickel …

Russian Watchdog Seeks $2B in Damages From Nornickel Over Arctic Fuel Spill

Russia’s environmental watchdog has asked a power subsidiary of Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel to pay almost 148 billion roubles ($2 billion) in damages over an Arctic fuel spill in Siberia. Rosprirodnadzor said in a statement on Monday that it …

Nornickel Draws Up Permafrost Monitoring Plan After Arctic Fuel Spill

MOSCOW, July 2 — Russia’s Norilsk Nickel , a major global nickel and palladium producer, has prepared a long-term program to monitor permafrost and remedy environmental damage after an Arctic fuel spill in its home city, it said on Thursday. …

The Arctic is on Fire: Siberian Heat Wave Alarms Scientists

MOSCOW — The Arctic is feverish and on fire — at least parts of it are. And that’s got scientists worried about what it means for the rest of the world. The thermometer hit a likely record of 38 degrees …