Polar News

News from a variety of sources dealing with polar related topics. Many thanks to APECS members for contributing to this shared resources! You can add these articles as a RSS feed in your favorite reader.

The Norwegian Government gives NOK 105 million for research on Russia and the High North.
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A powerful coalition of international environmental organisations is today launching a bid to create the world's largest marine protected area - much of it in New Zealand's Ross Sea in Antarctica.

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/6493659/Ambitious-Ross-Sea-marine-reserve-bid#comments

The fringes of Antarctica are being invaded by alien plants and tiny animals, scientists have found, with the average visitor carrying 9.5 seeds.

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Dr Helen Czerski explains how cold polar air from the north and warmer air from the Tropics push against each other to create the UK's changeable weather and unpredictable winters.

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A brown bear in Alaska was seen scratching its skin with rocks – the first bear definitively known to use a tool



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The first people to settle America may have come from Europe across the Arctic ice, rather than across a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska



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An Alaskan beetle beats the cold using an unusual, natural antifreeze with a novel mode of action that scientists are beginning to unravel.

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To avoid a challenge from environmental groups that could delay its plans to begin drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska, Shell asked a federal court to review its oil spill response plan.


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DNA evidence suggests some Scandinavian trees survived the last Ice Age, contradicting the widely held notion that vegetation was wiped out by a great ice sheet.

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In her quest to find the world's oldest living things, the photographer Rachel Sussman writes about her experiences looking for ancient moss on Antarctica's Elephant Island.


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Ancient DNA analyses show that even as glaciers blanketed the planet, spruce and pine trees managed to survive in refuges in Scandinavia

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Nearly four out of ten Saami people in Norway have moved out of traditional Saami areas to a larger town, a new report shows.
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Statoil has completed drilling of an appraisal well on the Skrugard oil field in the Barents Sea. Estimates show that the field contains some 400-600 million barrels of recoverable oil.
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Carl Bildt twitted about democracy developments in Russia.
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Vladimir Putin is the only politician who really knows and understands the Russian Arctic, Governor Dmitri Dmitriyenko says.
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The refubished «Admiral Gorshkov» is ready for test sailing in the Barents Sea.
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MOSCOW: By large margin Vladmir Putin is the winner of the Russian Presidential election 2012. On Sunday evening he was met by 100 000 celebrating supporters on the Manezhnaya Square next to the Kremlin.
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Russia’s Northern Fleet has taken a modernized Ilyushin Il-38N anti-submarine warfare aircraft into service.
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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin received a triumphal victory in Sunday’s presidential elections in Russia with nearly 64 percent of the votes when 98 percent of the ballots are counted.
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