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27 December 2011

Demonstration of the measurement of sea level.

The European Space Agency will use its powerful satellite for monitoring weather conditions to enhance marine safety. This will benefit the Arctic as the CryoSat is designed for measuring thickness of ice.

22 December 2011

Vaygach Fire

The Russian nuclear powered icebreaker Vaygach is up and sailing again after a fire last week. The tragic accident cost two lives.

21 December 2011

A rocky coast in Svalbard

A huge project in Norway enters its final year in January. The NORKLIMA project, The Research Council of Norway's 10-year Large-scale programme on Climate Change and its Impacts in Norway, is entering its final stages.

19 December 2011

The tug boat and the Kolskoya before the accident

An oil rig sunk yesterday in the Sea of Okhotsk where 14 people lost their lives. Many are still missing but 67 were on the rig.

16 December 2011

Approximite destination of Sparta.

A Russian fishing boat is trapped in heavy sea ice near Antarctica and its crew has moved to lifeboats. The ship is in danger of cracking and sinking so the crew evacuated the ship. It has reported a hole in its hull beneath the water line.

16 December 2011


Russia's revised submission for their claim of the Arctic shelf boarders is almost complete. Russia was rejected earlier this year after submitting a claim for expanding its shelf borders to the UN commission, because of lack of information.

16 December 2011

Beluga Whale in ice

Around 100 Beluga whales are trapped in sea ice in the Bering Sea. They await rescue or face death.

15 December 2011

Map of The Laptev Sea

Russian scientists are baffled after finding plumes of methane in the Arctic Ocean. The scale and volume of the methane was a huge surprise to the researchers.

15 December 2011

 InBev-Baillet Latour

Doctoral and post-doctoral researcher anywhere in the world (under 35 years old) are invited to propose research project to the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund, which will we granting 150.000 Euros to the projects.

14 December 2011

A man with an ice mask

As reported here on Arctic Portal today is 100 years since Roald Amundsen step foot on the South Pole, the first person to do so.

14 December 2011

Amundsen on the Pole

Today marks the 100 year anniversary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen being the first person to reach the South Pole. Celebrations in Antarctica will last over a month.

13 December 2011

Peter Kent minister of the environment

Canada has announced it will withdraw from the Kyoto protocol. Peter Kent, minister of the environment, confirmed this last night.