Arctic http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19805/all en Denmark eyes the North Pole as Arctic battle heats up http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110518/denmark-north-pole-arctic <p> STOCKHOLM &mdash; Control of the North Pole could bring an economic windfall as melting ice opens up the once-inaccessible and relatively untouched waters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110518/denmark-north-pole-arctic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic Denmark Global Warming Americas Green Europe Canada Russia Thu, 19 May 2011 10:14:28 +0000 Frank Radosevich 5645716 at http://www.globalpost.com As Arctic ice melts, polar bear cubs die making long swims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/polar-bears-dying-due-longer-swims-arctic-ice-melts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With less fat on them, and less buoyancy, the young bears often can't survive the increased distances to get to stable ice or land </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> As the Arctic sea ice habitat retreats, polar bears have to swim longer distances to find stable ice or to reach land, and their cubs are suffering, according to a new study presented Tuesday at the <a href="http://www.wildliferesearch.ca/iba2011/program/programdetails.html">International Bear Association Conference</a> in Ottawa, Canada.</p> <p> Polar bears, not naturally aquatic animals, hunt, eat and <a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFN1E76H0XP20110718?sp=true">give birth</a> on ice or on land, according to Reuters. Earlier studies have shown that the bears are swimming hundreds of miles to reach solid ice or land, but a new study demonstrates that the longer swims increase cub mortality, compared with cubs that didn&#39;t swim such long distances. According to Reuters:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">&quot;Climate change is pulling the sea ice out from under polar bears&#39; feet, forcing some to swim longer distances to find food and habitat,&quot; said Geoff York of World Wildlife Fund, a co-author of the study.</span></p> <p> Between 2004 and 2009, a team of researchers led by Anthony Pagano of the U.S. Geological Survey gathered data from 68 GPS collars that had been put on adult female polar bears, and looked at that data along with satellite imagery of sea ice, in order to isolate episodes where bears swam more than 30 miles at one time, according to a <a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/WWF/Polar_Bears/prweb8654862.htm">synopsis of the research</a> on PRWeb. (The final report is not yet released but the full abstract is provided with the synopsis at PRWeb.) Researchers identified 50 long-distance swimming events, involving 20 polar bears, over the six years. The bears swam distances of as far as 426 miles, and as many as 12.7 days.</p> <p> Eleven of the polar bears that swam the long distances had young cubs at the time that they were collared; five of those bears lost their cubs during the swims, which translated to a 45 percent morality rate. Only 18 percent of cubs died when they weren&#39;t swimming the long distances with their mothers.</p> <p> A big difference.</p> <p> The long-distance swims <a href="http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/07/19/melting-arctic-ice-takes-its-toll-on-polar-bear-cubs/">took a toll</a> on the cubs partially because young polar bears don&#39;t have much fat and thus can&#39;t be in the cold water for long periods of time, Time said. Steve Amstrup, a former scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey and chief scientist at the conservation group Polar Bears International, said, according to Reuters:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">&quot;Young bears don&#39;t have very much fat and therefore they aren&#39;t very well insulated and cannot cope with being in cold water for very long,&quot; Amstrup said in the same telephone conversation.</span></p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">Because they are leaner than their parents, Amstrup said, &quot;they probably aren&#39;t as buoyant (as adult polar bears) so in rough water they&#39;ll have more difficulty keeping their heads above water.</span></p> <p> Evidence that long-distance swimming <a href="http://news.discovery.com/animals/less-sea-ice-equals-longer-polar-bear-swims-110719.html">takes a toll</a> on polar bears was already presented in a study published earlier this year that tracked a polar bear mother that swam for 232 consecutive hours in search of pack ice, and lost 22 percent of her body mass as a result, while her <a href="http://news.discovery.com/earth/polar-bear-swims-for-nine-days-pays-heavy-price.html">cub lost its life</a>, Discovery reported. And in 2006, researchers came to the conclusion that an apparent rise in the number of <a href="http://www.mendeley.com/research/observations-of-mortality-associated-with-extended-openwater-swimming-by-polar-bears-in-the-alaskan-beaufort-sea/">polar bears found drowned</a> could be linked to the bears being forced to swim longer distances.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/polar-bears-dying-due-longer-swims-arctic-ice-melts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic Climate Change Global Warming Science Business Wildlife News Science Weird Wide Web Wed, 20 Jul 2011 05:04:00 +0000 News Desk 5670980 at http://www.globalpost.com Fiber optic cables to join Japan and UK through Arctic http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/technology-news/120322/fiber-optic-cables-join-japan-and-uk-through-arct <p> Receding ice in the Arctic has, for the first time, allowed the laying of fiber optic cables to cross over the top of the world to connect London to Tokyo.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/technology-news/120322/fiber-optic-cables-join-japan-and-uk-through-arct" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Arctic Canada Internet Tokyo Business Canada Technology Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:08:34 +0000 Alexander Besant 5697293 at http://www.globalpost.com Shell overcomes final hurdle to drill in the Arctic http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120330/shell-overcomes-final-hurdle-drill-the-arctic Shell overcame its last legal hurdle to Arctic drilling Friday after US federal regulators approved a proposed plan on how the company would deal with possible oil spills near Alaska.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120330/shell-overcomes-final-hurdle-drill-the-arctic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic Oil United States Business Energy United States Fri, 30 Mar 2012 22:36:22 +0000 Alexander Besant 5698575 at http://www.globalpost.com Google Street View comes to the remote Canadian Arctic http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/120823/google-street-view-comes-the-remote-canadian-arctic Google Street View has a remarkably comprehensive handle on cities and towns worldwide. And now, the mapping service has moved to the remote Canadian Arctic. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/120823/google-street-view-comes-the-remote-canadian-arctic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Antarctica Arctic Americas Canada Science Technology Fri, 24 Aug 2012 02:44:09 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5717020 at http://www.globalpost.com The Arctic is melting, and we're going to cover it http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/arctic-circle-melting-coverage-reporting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost executive editor Charles Sennott begins a journey of inquiry about how the eight nations of the Arctic Circle are putting their heads together to solve a fateful geo-political puzzle. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GIRDWOOD, Alaska &mdash; The Arctic is melting.</p> <p>And satellite data officially released today confirms that Arctic sea ice hit a record low this month, tracking below the previous record low which was set in 2007.</p> <p>And it is not over. The ice will continue melting well into September, according to <a href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/08/27/arctic-sea-ice-extent-now-at-record-low-levels/">scientists from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center. &nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/arctic-circle-melting-coverage-reporting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic GroundTruth Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:52:00 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5717278 at http://www.globalpost.com Arctic resource rush changes view near top of the world http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/121003/video-view-the-top-the-world <p>Wainwright, Alaska, population 550, hasn&#39;t changed much over the years. It&#39;s a small village that&#39;s mostly inhabited by Inupiat Eskimos, many of whom rely on the natural environment and surrounding waters&mdash;harvesting whales, walrus, and caribou&mdash;for their livelihoods. Until recently, the village didn&#39;t have running water or sewage systems. But it&#39;s all about to change, because Wainwright is just 60 miles from some of Shell Oil&#39;s biggest offshore prospects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/121003/video-view-the-top-the-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic Global Warming Americas Europe Science Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:07:00 +0000 Emily Judem 5721541 at http://www.globalpost.com The Arctic Melt: A view from the top of the world http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5721584 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>GlobalPost's Charles Sennott traveled to Wainwright, Alaska, to find out what's at stake as the oil companies move in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Caitlin McNally </div> </div> </div> <p>Wainwright, Alaska, population 550, hasn&#39;t changed much over the years, but it&#39;s about to.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="640" height="360" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/0af2adbdc1c8f-original.jpg?1349360733" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:10:04 06:40</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("0af2adbdc1c8f", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Arctic Special Reports Video Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:40:00 +0000 Caitlin McNally 5721584 at http://www.globalpost.com VIDEO: Rock and Roll in Savoonga http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/video-rock-and-roll-savoonga <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In Savoonga, Alaska, traditional drumming marks the beginning of whaling season. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At the top of the world, tradition runs strong.</p> <p>The community of Savoonga, Alaska marked the beginning of the fall whaling season with traditional drumming on August 30. Savoonga, population 704, sits on the northern tip of St. Lawrence Island, a tiny speck of land that&#39;s closer to Russia than Alaska. St. Lawrence Island is one of the few remains of the Bering Land Bridge, according to the <a href="http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/commercial-fishery-offers-hope-alaskans-remote-st-lawrence-island">Alaska Dispatch</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/video-rock-and-roll-savoonga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic Culture & Lifestyle GroundTruth Video Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:39:40 +0000 Emily Judem 5722411 at http://www.globalpost.com In Search of GroundTruth: A new view of the Arctic oil quest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/new-view-the-arctic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first published photographs of Shell's oil rig off the coast of Alaska. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Every week we will be on the lookout for the best examples of GroundTruth in the media. This week, we take our search north.</p> <p>GlobalPost&#39;s recently published Special Report,&nbsp;&quot;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/special-reports/the-arctic-melt-oil-rush-at-the-top-the-world">The Arctic Melt</a>,&quot; aims to get at the huge stakes &mdash; economic, environmental, and political &mdash; raised as the Arctic melts faster than ever. The melt has spurred a battle at the top of the world that threatens to alter the environment and change residents&#39; way of life. And at the heart of this battle is oil.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/new-view-the-arctic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic Global Warming GroundTruth Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:49:12 +0000 Emily Judem 5723194 at http://www.globalpost.com GroundTruth: Caitlin McNally on reporting from the Great North http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5726728 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Reporter and documentary filmmaker Caitlin McNally tells GlobalPost what it was like to report on the Arctic and why she plans to stick with the story.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <p>As the Arctic continues to melt at an unprecedented rate, GlobalPost will be there to cover the story. In August, documentary filmmaker Caitlin McNally traveled with GlobalPost&#39;s Charlie Sennott for our Special Report, &quot;The Arctic Melt.&quot;</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="720" height="540" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/494828ecdafea-original_0.jpg?1353517862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:11:21 14:06</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("494828ecdafea", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Arctic Special Reports Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:06:35 +0000 Emily Judem 5726728 at http://www.globalpost.com The Story Behind the Story: Reporting at the top of the world http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/the-story-behind-the-story-reporting-at-the-top-the-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reporter and documentary filmmaker Caitlin McNally tells GlobalPost what it was like to report on the Arctic and why she plans to stick with the story. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>How do you get at &lsquo;ground truth&rsquo; in the Arctic when it is melting right beneath your feet?</p> <p> Over the summer I set out on a journey with documentary journalist and filmmaker Caitlin McNally to do our best to get at a story that is as vast as the frozen tundra of the Arctic itself. We arrived in the Arctic just as scientists were recording a historic melting of the sea ice due to global warming, a perilous development for the environment that has become a potential boon to the oil industry as shipping lanes and drilling operations open up amid the great melt.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/the-story-behind-the-story-reporting-at-the-top-the-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic Global Warming GroundTruth Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:41:49 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5726733 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia’s Arctic face-off http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/131004/russia-greenpeace-arctic <p>It was only a matter of time before Russia made an example of Greenpeace, the worldwide network of environmental activists. Last year, the group got away with a daring protest on an Arctic oil platform owned by the Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom during which activists scaled the rig to promote environmental safety in the frozen, hazardous northern waters. This time, they weren&rsquo;t so lucky.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/131004/russia-greenpeace-arctic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arctic Want to Know Global Economy Russia Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:01:00 +0000 News Desk 5952105 at http://www.globalpost.com