Arctic seabirds build nests with plastic waste

Arctic seabirds build nests with plastic waste

Thousands and thousands of birds are packed together, making noise, quarreling with each other over each square centimeter on the cliffs at Gjesværstappan, the...
A spike in central Arctic Ocean radium levels startled scientists — and led to discoveries about how the ocean is rapidly changing

A spike in central Arctic Ocean radium levels startled scientists —...

In 2007, researchers climbed onto the icebreaker Polarstern and debarked from the northern Norwegian city of Tromsø, which sailed  to the central Arctic Ocean....
How scientists use Arctic trees to map climate change

How scientists use Arctic trees to map climate change

The first thing that hits you is the smell of wood. Fresh and crisp, reminiscent of a carpenter’s shop or dried chippings. It’s not...
After a sharp drop in subsistence catches, Ottawa earmarks $1.2 million for Arctic char study

After a sharp drop in subsistence catches, Ottawa earmarks $1.2 million...

Inuinnait in western Nunavut have long fished from the nearby rivers and coasts, but since 2015 they have witnessed a sharp decline in the...
The Trump administration has just announced its slate of hearings on ANWR drilling plans

The Trump administration has just announced its slate of hearings on...

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has scheduled public meetings, in locations ranging from tiny Alaska villages to the nation’s capital, to discuss the...
For some Alaska islands there’s a ship-borne risk even scarier than an oil spill

For some Alaska islands there’s a ship-borne risk even scarier than...

The most dangerous ecological disaster for the islands of the Aleutian chain and the Bering Sea, biologicals have long warned, wouldn't be an oil...
Researchers link 2016’s Arctic extremes to human-caused climate change

Researchers link 2016’s Arctic extremes to human-caused climate change

Warm temperatures in the Arctic have attracted headlines this year, but it was deja vu for some scientists who witnessed the same weather and...
An inside view of a threatened centuries-old Faroe Islands tradition

An inside view of a threatened centuries-old Faroe Islands tradition

In the opening sequences of Michael Day’s recent documentary “The Islands and the Whales,” snow-dusted peaks rise out of a dark ocean and steep...
Store Norske seeks to reopen a Svalbard coal mine

Store Norske seeks to reopen a Svalbard coal mine

The board of Store Norske (the Svalbard coal mining company) has given the go-ahead for a reopening of the Svea coal mine at Svalbard,...
This year’s Arctic sea ice melt season is off to an unusually fast start

This year’s Arctic sea ice melt season is off to an...

For every day of April, Arctic sea ice extent was at or near record lows for this time of year, continuing a recent pattern...