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1 February 2012

University of Colorado Boulder Professor Gifford Miller

The Little Ice Age is a cold period that scientist have debated when begun, and how it started. New research sheds new light on this important time in question.

1 February 2012

An LNG tanker

Many large vessels have to be strengthened to be able to sail in ice. Large companies are testing their fleets in order to be able to sail through the northern sea route.

31 January 2012

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Svalbard is heating up, fast. Last week the heat was 1 °C, highly unusual for this time of year.

30 January 2012

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the president of Iceland

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland, is in Antarctica with Al Gore and a host of scientists. The exploration also includes director James Cameron, and billionaires Richard Branson and Ted Turner.

27 January 2012

Coal site in Barentsburg, Svalbard

Russia will increase its coal production significantly over the next years. Russia produces around 330 million tons of coal each year but it will be increased to 440 million tons.

26 January 2012

The Arctic temperature has been rising for many years

The year 2011 was another heat record in the Arctic. Climate change is therefore in no way retreating.

26 January 2012

Oil barrels

Statoil in Norway, owned at 70% by the state, has bought searching permissions in Greenland. This strengthens the status of Statoil around Greenland.

25 January 2012

The rise of the bulge

Scientists have found an enormous dome in the western Arctic Ocean, full of fresh water. The bulge is thought to be around 8000 cubic meters in size and has risen about 15cm in 10 years.

23 January 2012

The Aker Barents oil rig

Over 70 oil rigs are being built around the world to meet growing demand. Many of them are custom made for the Arctic, specially made to cope with harsh conditions and deep waters.

23 January 2012

Offshore oil production schema

Oil production in Russia last year set a new record for post-soviet times. A total of 511 million tons were produced in 2011.

20 January 2012

Arctic Frontiers

The 2012 Arctic Frontiers conference starts in Tromsø on the 22. of January and runs until the 27th. The conference will be broadcasted live online.

20 January 2012

Snowmobile driving on open water

Warmer climate, spurred by climate change, can cause colder winters. This is the result of a new study by Jodah Cohen, released this week.