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Arctic Warming Unlocking A Fabled Waterway

(Jackie Northam, National Public Radio, August 15, 2011) First in a six-part series examining what’s at stake, who stands to win and lose, and how Arctic warming and melting sea ice could alter the global dynamic.

Arctic Melts Faster Than IPCC’s Forecasts

(Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle, June 17, 2011)

Arctic Ice Melt Could Pause in Coming Decades

(National Science Foundation, August 11, 2011)

Arctic Shortcut Beckons Shippers as Ice Thaws

(New York Times, September 10, 2009, by Andrew E. Kramer and Andrew C. Revkin)

Ships Take to Arctic Ocean as Sea Ice Melts: Journey Times between Europe and China Can Be Reduced by Half

(MSNBC, September 28, 2010) Includes a video, “Melting Arctic Ocean.”

Global Climate Change Indicators (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center)

Hot Spots Where Heatwaves Could Pose Greater Health Risk

(ScienceDaily, June 12, 2010) Heatwaves could especially pose an increased health risk this century in Southern European river valleys and along the Mediterranean coast, a study by two scientists from ETH Zurich has revealed.

Melting Ice Caps Open Up Arctic for ‘White Gold Rush’

(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 4, 2011) As rising temperatures expose more land for exploration, prospectors are rushing to the far north in the hope of carving out a new mineral frontier.

Thawing Arctic Opens Up New Shipping Routes on the ‘Roof of the World’

(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 5, 2011) An increasing amount of seaborne traffic is moving along a new Siberian coastal route, cutting journey time and boosting trade prospects.

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2010




Why Norway Cannot Resist the Lure of Its Buried Natural Treasure

(Damian Carrington, The Guardian, July 6, 2011) Nordic nation’s world-leading green ambition is in stark contrast with the exploitation of the oil that delivers its world-leading wealth.

Arctic Resource Wealth Poses Dilemma for Indigenous Communities

(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 4, 2011) Oil and mineral deals mean money and jobs, but Inuit leaders are concerned about the lack of a national debate on industrialisation and what it means for the traditional way of life.

Q&A: Natural Resources Exploration in the Arctic

(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 4, 2011) Development in the Arctic has consequences for maritime law, conservation, and human rights.

Norway Launches Carbon Capture and Storage Scheme

(Andrew Ward, The Financial Times, June 28, 2011)

How Community-Owned Wind Power Is Tackling Climate Change

(Sami Grover, Treehugger, March 13, 2011) Includes a video interview with Baywind Energy Cooperative members. Built in 1996, Baywind Energy Cooperative was the first community-owned wind installation in the UK. “In addition to providing an income and clean energy for its members, the initiative also channels funds into educational visits and environmental books for local schools.”