Researchers hope new techniques will unlock secrets of oil spills in sea ice

Researchers hope new techniques will unlock secrets of oil spills in...

As the Arctic warms, ships transporting oil to and from the region are poised to become more common. And more ships means a higher...
Svalbard’s ‘Doomsday’ seed vault marks 10th anniversary with upgrades to protect it from climate change

Svalbard’s ‘Doomsday’ seed vault marks 10th anniversary with upgrades to protect...

On Monday, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault marks its 10th anniversary by accepting new deposits from 26 gene banks around the world.Earlier this month, construction...
Canadian scientists are on edge about Arctic research funding

Canadian scientists are on edge about Arctic research funding

Jennifer Provencher’s Instagram feed is flooded with images of snowy glacier-shaped landscapes, small propeller planes, seal skins and seabird eggs. A postdoctoral fellow at...
Arctic continues to experience warmer-than-average temperatures

Arctic continues to experience warmer-than-average temperatures

Warm January temperatures are lasting into February in some Arctic locations.On Monday and Tuesday, Cape Morris Jesup in Greenland recorded temperatures above freezing —and...
Russia’s Kola peninsula gets a new national park

Russia’s Kola peninsula gets a new national park

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday signed a decree protecting 840 square kilometers (about 325 square miles) of the Khibiny Mountains.Environmental groups, including...
Arctic sea ice algae need less light to grow than researchers thought. Here’s why that matters

Arctic sea ice algae need less light to grow than researchers...

Large-massed animals like polar bears and walruses might attract much of the news coverage in the Arctic. But smaller players like sea algae also...
Report: Arctic refuge coastal plain, poised for oil development, is increasingly important for wildlife

Report: Arctic refuge coastal plain, poised for oil development, is increasingly...

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain, the area slated by the Trump administration for oil leasing, is an increasingly important site for polar...
Thawing Arctic permafrost could release massive amounts of mercury

Thawing Arctic permafrost could release massive amounts of mercury

First, there was the “carbon bomb.” Now add a mercury bomb to the scary risks posed by permafrost thaw.New research shows that permafrost soils...
Two new lawsuits seek to undo recent oil leases in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve

Two new lawsuits seek to undo recent oil leases in Alaska’s...

Two lawsuits filed by environmentalists on Friday seek to void recent oil and gas lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska on the grounds...
Arctic clouds are more vulnerable to pollution than once thought

Arctic clouds are more vulnerable to pollution than once thought

When Tim Garrett was a graduate student, his research brought him to what was then Barrow (and today Utqiagvik), the northernmost settlement in Alaska....