NASA just launched its next-generation sea ice monitoring satellite

NASA just launched its next-generation sea ice monitoring satellite

NASA launched its Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, known as ICESat-2, which will use an extremely precise laser to collect measurement data to...
Maersk container ship is set to complete Arctic Ocean transit

Maersk container ship is set to complete Arctic Ocean transit

Danish shipping giant Maersk is about to complete the first-ever transit of the Arctic Ocean by a container ship. The Venta Maersk traveled through...
Walrus have once again begun massing at an Arctic Alaska beach

Walrus have once again begun massing at an Arctic Alaska beach

As they have for almost every year since sea ice extent plunged in 2007, Pacific walruses are amassing at a beach on Alaska’s Chukchi...
Canadian navy preps for the perils of iceberg alley

Canadian navy preps for the perils of iceberg alley

The watch crew standing on the bridge of the HMCS Charlottetown hold on tight on Sept. 2 and brace themselves against the shock of...
Canada’s Navy hones its oil-spill response skills in Arctic waters

Canada’s Navy hones its oil-spill response skills in Arctic waters

When a crew member signals an alarm after spotting oil spilled aboard HMCS Charlottetown, marine engineer Ronald Low is one of the first people...
As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

I was aboard the 364-foot Russian research-cruise ship Akademik Ioffe when it came to a violent stop after grounding on a shoal in a...
Barentsburg aims to transform from a coal town into a gateway for Russia’s Arctic tourism

Barentsburg aims to transform from a coal town into a gateway...

For visitors, the Russian town on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago combines the contrasts of pristine Arctic beauty and Soviet style industry. Nowadays, however, Barentsburg is...
A decade on, a Greenland rare-earths mine is close to final approval

A decade on, a Greenland rare-earths mine is close to final...

A decision on whether to permit mining at one of the world’s largest deposits of rare-earth elements has moved to its final stage after...
More sinkholes have been found on Yamal’s tundra

More sinkholes have been found on Yamal’s tundra

More sinkholes, believed to be created by eruption of natural gas from the ground, have been located in the tundra on Russia's Yamal and...
Warm water trapped in the Arctic could speed ice melt

Warm water trapped in the Arctic could speed ice melt

According to a study published in Science Advances, there is warm water trapped under the surface of the Arctic seas that could significantly melt sea ice...