LOS ANGELES (AP) — Strapped with an aging fleet, the U.S. Coast Guard is about to award a contract for a much-needed new icebreaker to help compete against Russia and China for a presence in the...
Polar bears invade Russian town; locals delighted but wary
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian wildlife specialists are heading for an Arctic archipelago to try to resolve a situation that has both terrified and delighted the locals: the polar bears that moved into a populated area.
It's not the first time that polar bears have come to Novaya Zemlya, but their numbers this time are striking. More than 50 bears have been spotted in the archipelago's main town of Belushya Guba.
Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area.
At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling be allowed because of the effects of extraction on the region and the long-term effects of burning the fossil fuel.
The Latest: Critics protest drilling in Arctic refuge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on public testimony regarding proposed oil lease sales in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (all times local):
Critics of proposed oil lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge urged federal officials to consider the long-term environmental effects of petroleum extraction on northern Alaska.
Activists air grievances about drilling in Alaska refuge
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Activists pushing against oil development in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge dominated a Bureau of Land Management public meeting in Fairbanks.
Polar blast envelops Midwest, strains aging infrastructure
CHICAGO (AP) — A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, cracking train rails, breaking water pipes and straining electrical systems with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation.
The deep freeze closed schools and businesses and canceled flights in the nation's third-largest city, which was as cold as the Arctic. Heavily dressed repair crews hustled to keep utilities from failing.
Science Says: Get used to polar vortex outbreaks
WASHINGTON (AP) — It might seem counterintuitive, but the dreaded polar vortex is bringing its icy grip to parts of the U.S. thanks to a sudden blast of warm air in the Arctic.
Get used to it. The polar vortex has been wandering more often in recent years.
Freezing Finland hits Europe’s winter record low temperature
HELSINKI (AP) — Winters in Finland are often frigid but meteorologists say the Nordic nation's Lapland region has produced Europe's coldest temperature this winter at minus 38.7 degrees Celsius (minus 37.7 degrees Fahrenheit).
Meteorologist Ari-Juhani Punkka from the Finnish Meteorological Institute told Finnish public broadcaster YLE on Sunday that Finland and northeastern Europe were now hosting the continent's coldest air masses, ones that "are Arctic in nature."
US, Canadian fighter planes scramble to escort Russian jets
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado (AP) — Military authorities say U.S. Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were traveling in the Arctic region near the North American coastline.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command says two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that were entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force on Saturday morning.
Icy blast reminds of 2014 ‘polar vortex,’ with worst to come
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An arctic blast spread painful cold across the Midwest on Friday, closing schools, opening warming centers and even intimidating ice fishermen in a taste of the even more dangerous weather expected next week.
Forecasters called it a replay of the "polar vortex" that bludgeoned the U.S. in 2014 — and maybe even colder, with wind chills by midweek as much as 45 below in Chicago.
Man kills polar bear outside animals’ normal habitat
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man from northeast Alaska said he fatally shot a polar bear that had strayed far south of the animal's usual habitat.
Jim Hollandsworth of Arctic Village said he encountered the bear in early January. He said the bear had tried to get into his cabin about 20 miles from the village, Alaska's Energy Desk reported .
Parts of Austria, southern Germany sink deeper into snow
BERLIN (AP) — Heavy snowfall continued Thursday in parts of Austria and southern Germany, with several places cut off and the bad weather expected to persist. Snow was causing problems in other parts of Europe, even in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago.
Austrian police said that a 16-year-old boy from Australia was killed in an avalanche in St. Anton am Arlberg as he was skiing with his family on Wednesday.
Administration moves closer to opening Arctic refuge for oil
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved closer on Thursday to opening thousands of miles within Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing, issuing a draft report that concluded the polar bears, caribou and other wildlife could safely share their untouched wilderness with oil and gas producers.
Groups sue to block oil production in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block oil production from a proposed artificial gravel island in federal Arctic waters.
The groups asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review an offshore production plan approved for the Liberty project in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast.
Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica.
Coast Guard cadets will get closer to space with satellites
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Coast Guard Academy cadets soon will be able to communicate with satellites in space from classrooms on campus.
Justices weigh free speech case involving ‘Arctic Man’ event
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday waded into a freedom of speech case resulting from an arrest at Arctic Man, a snowmobile and ski race event that draws thousands to a remote campsite in Alaska.
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NASA weighs in on petroleum development in Arctic Ocean
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal agency that oversees offshore petroleum leasing has received comment on Arctic Ocean drilling from a surprise source — NASA.
Alaska's Energy Desk reports that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management asked for comment as the Trump administration considers a 2019 lease sale in the Beaufort Sea.
Alaska’s governor-elect to be sworn in above Arctic Circle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's newly elected governor will be sworn in above the Arctic Circle, marking a first for the state.
Republican Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy will become Alaska's top elected official Dec. 3, when he takes the oath of office in Noorvik, a tiny Inupiat Eskimo village more than a thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) from the state capital of Juneau.
Groups protest plans for possible lease sale in Beaufort
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska's Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul.
The legality of Arctic Ocean offshore lease sales is the subject of a federal lawsuit. Environmental groups say it's irresponsible to plan lease sales ahead of a ruling.
Norway says Russia jammed GPS signal during NATO drill
HELSINKI (AP) — The Norwegian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Russian forces in the Arctic disturbed GPS location signals during a recent large NATO drill in Norway.
The ministry said that Norway's Foreign Ministry earlier had raised the issue with Russian authorities.
In an email Tuesday to The Associated Press, the ministry said it "was aware that that jamming has been recorded between Oct. 16 and Nov. 7 from the Russian forces" on the Arctic Kola peninsula.
Powerful underwater quake off Norwegian Arctic island
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck in the Arctic Ocean Friday, northwest of a largely uninhabited and remote Norwegian island, officials said. No injuries or damage were reported.
Museum spotlights connection between Matisse, Alaska Natives
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly 64 years after his death, Henri Matisse has become one of the few non-Native Americans to have an exhibition at a Phoenix museum dedicated to Native American culture.
The little-known intersection of one of the 20th century's greatest artists and Inuit people in the Arctic region is at the heart of a show opening Monday at the Heard Museum.
Arctic offshore production wells approved off Alaska’s coast
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first oil and gas production wells in federal Arctic waters have been approved by U.S. regulators.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Wednesday announced it issued a conditional permit for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp for production wells on an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea.
The approval follows through on President Donald Trump's promise of American energy dominance, said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
UK to send 800 troops to Arctic, cites concerns about Russia
LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary says the U.K. plans to boost its military presence in the Arctic next year amid concerns about increasing Russian aggression.
Gavin Williamson told The Sunday Telegraph that the government is preparing a "defense Arctic strategy" that would deploy 800 army and marine commandos to Norway in 2019 and establish a new military base there.
Wired Icelanders seek to keep remote peninsula digital-free
HORNSTRANDIR, Iceland (AP) — The passenger boat arrives at the bottom of Veidileysufjordur, a short inlet with a long name, to drop off backpackers for a multi-day trek. A weather-beaten group that's completed the trip waits to board, eager to get back to a part of Iceland where they can reconnect with the world via Wi-Fi.
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Maine college joins many others in University of the Arctic
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A university in southern Maine is the newest member of a network of institutions called the University of the Arctic that seeks to promote the economy of the world's northern reaches.
University of New England officials say the move will help the university engage with North Atlantic and Nordic states. The university became a member of the group Monday.
NOAA to work on Arctic marine navigation during Juneau panel
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal panel that helps shape marine navigation in the U.S. Arctic and other Alaska locations is meeting this week in Juneau.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hydrographic Services Review Panel will convene Tuesday morning for three days, the Juneau Empire reported .
Ship with university staff board runs aground in Arctic
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A research vessel in the Canadian Arctic carrying four people from the University of Rhode Island had run aground but school officials are saying all four people are safe.
A university spokeswoman says a URI professor, graduate student and two professional staff were aboard the One Ocean Expeditions' vessel Akademik Ioffe that became grounded in the Gulf of Boothia on Friday.
Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species.
Interior Department eyes protected Arctic land for drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming to open millions of acres (hectares) of Alaska Arctic land for drilling that was protected under the Obama administration.
BERLIN (AP) — Norwegian authorities said a polar bear on Saturday attacked and injured a polar bear guard who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on an Arctic archipelago. The polar bear was shot dead by another employee, the cruise company said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Interior Department announced Thursday it will spend $4 million on construction to support petroleum drilling within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a release announced $50 million in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service construction projects to repair and rehabilitate aging wildlife refuge and fish hatchery infrastructure at refuges throughout the country.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An international agency that sets standards for marine safety has approved two-way shipping routes into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait.
The International Maritime Organization, an arm of the United Nations, accepted routes proposed by the United States and Russia for safe navigation in the water between Alaska and Russia's Chukotskiy Peninsula.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A dozen bison from a ranch near Delta Junction are being sent to Russia in an attempt to recreate an ice age ecosystem in eastern Siberia.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of New England has launched a new institute dedicated to study of the North Atlantic and the Arctic.
‘Last of the ice party that made it to the pole’ marks milestone
He wasn’t much of a camper — certainly not in Arctic conditions — and he’d never been on a snowmobile. But when Jerry Pitzl heard about a crackpot plan for a Ski-Doo expedition to the North Pole in the late 1960s, he was eager to join.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fulfilling a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose.
A notice being published Friday in the Federal Register starts a 60-day review to sell oil and gas leases in the remote refuge, one of the most pristine areas in the United States and home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and other species.
Groton — The USS Hartford returned this week from a five-week Navy exercise off Alaska's north coast that tested the submarine's ability to shoot and recover torpedoes beneath Arctic sea ice.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Scholars and navy representatives from nations with Arctic territory gathered at the U.S. Naval War College on Tuesday to discuss security and defense in the region.
The Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative convened in Newport, Rhode Island. The United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland sent representatives to the three-day event. Sweden also is participating.
Sherman woman to take part in Arctic expedition, snorkel Northwest Passage
SHERMAN — The Arctic is melting, and to bring that point home, a crew of women is planning to snorkel nearly 1,900 miles through it.
Airplane strikes man during Navy’s polar ice exercise
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man suffered serious head injuries when he was struck by an airplane taking off from ice in Alaska's Beaufort Sea during Navy exercises.
The civilian employee of the Navy's Arctic Submarine Laboratory is expected to recover.
Anchorage television station KTVA reports the man was at the base camp on March 20 for Ice Exercise 2018, also known as ICEX.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Navy has begun five weeks of submarine training and testing off Alaska's north coast that will include breaching the massive underwater vessels through Arctic sea ice.
The exercises, which also include the collection of scientific data, are dubbed Ice Exercise 2018, or ICEX18, and are scheduled every other year.
Rear Adm. James Pitts, commander of the Undersea Warfare Development Center, said in an announcement that the Navy builds experience with every ICEX.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter at the top of the world wimped out this year.
The Arctic just finished its warmest winter on record. And sea ice hit record lows for this time of year, with plenty of open water where ocean water normally freezes into thick sheets of ice, new U.S. weather data show.
Scientists say what's happening is unprecedented, part of a global warming-driven vicious cycle that likely plays a role in strong, icy storms in Europe and the U.S. Northeast.
Minnesota explorer Steger will take unprecedented solo trek in Canadian Arctic
ELY, Minn. The physical realities of any extreme expedition are grueling for anyone of any age. For more than 50 years, renown polar explorer Will Steger of Minnesota successfully led teams on multiple expeditions to regions like both Poles and a traverse of Greenland. He returned with some of the earliest eyewitness accounts of climate change. After those adventures, anything else could seem trite. But not for Steger.
Nome, Alaska, gets fresh review as possible US Arctic port
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal officials will take another look at the historic Alaska community of Nome as a possible port serving ships heading for the Arctic.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it has signed an agreement with the city of Nome to examine whether benefits justify costs of navigation improvements, said Bruce Sexauer, chief of civil works for the Corps' Alaska District.
Trump explains support for oil drilling in Arctic refuge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he "really didn't care" about opening a portion of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling but insisted it be included in tax legislation at the urging of others.