Climate change is more extensive and worse than once thought
WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientists missed a lot about a quarter century ago when they predicted how bad global warming would be.
They missed how bad wildfires, droughts, downpours and hurricanes would get. They missed how much ice sheets in West Antarctica and Greenland would melt and contribute to sea level rise. They missed much of the myriad public health problems and global security issues.
Kansas university researchers help uncover ancient asteroid
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Kansas had a hand in uncovering what might have been about a mile-wide iron asteroid that crashed into Greenland perhaps as recently as 12,000 years ago.
Details of the impact crater beneath the Hiawatha Glacier in remote northwest Greenland were recently published in Science Advances, a multidisciplinary journal.
Denmark quake slightly stronger that initially recorded
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Officials say that the rare earthquake that hit Denmark over the weekend was a tad stronger than first believed.
The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, known by its acronym GEUS, says Sunday's quake, initially said to be magnitude 3.4, actually measured 3.5. The quake caused no damages or casualties, but was a rare occurrence in Denmark.
BERLIN (AP) — An iceberg that drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space.
The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit.
Dozens of village residents were evacuated to higher ground last week due to concerns the 11 million-ton iceberg might break apart and produce waves large enough to wash away low-lying buildings.
BERLIN (AP) — An iceberg that has drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space.
The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit in northwestern Greenland.
Dozens of residents were evacuated to higher ground last week due to concerns that the 11 million-ton iceberg could break apart, creating high waves that could wash away coastal buildings.
BERLIN (AP) — Low-lying areas of a village in northwestern Greenland remain evacuated as villagers and local authorities monitor a vast iceberg for signs it could move closer or break apart, threatening the remote settlement.
Kenneth Elkjaer, a journalist with Greenland public broadcaster KNR, said Sunday the iceberg is about 500 - 600 meters (about one-third of a mile) offshore and "everybody is waiting to see what happens to the weather."
LONDON (AP) — An iceberg four miles (six kilometers) wide has broken off from a glacier in eastern Greenland and scientists have captured the dramatic event on video.
New York University professor David Holland, an expert in atmospheric and ocean science, told The Associated Press that "this is the largest event we've seen in over a decade in Greenland."
MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — A replica of a Viking longship that sailed across the Atlantic Ocean is scheduled to leave its current home in Connecticut.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The rise and fall of the Roman Empire isn't just recorded in history books.
Scientists from the Desert Research Institute in Nevada have pioneered a way to pinpoint pivotal moments in Western civilization using ancient lead pollution trapped deep inside the Greenland ice sheet.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland's ruling center-left Siumut party has topped the polls in the election for the sparsely populated Arctic island's parliament, but both it and its main rival saw their votes reduced.
With all votes counted, Siumut had 27.2 percent of the vote, and outgoing Premier Kim Kielsen said he would try to form a governing coalition. Left-leaning Inuit Ataqatigiit took 25.5 percent of the vote, while the center-right Democrats came in third.
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.
A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — What's new in cruising for 2018? As usual, there's lots of razzle-dazzle — laser tag, water slides, zip lines and massive LED screens — along with a continued emphasis on healthy lifestyle options, from dining to fitness.
But there are also changes underway in ship design, itineraries and who's cruising.
50 years ago, a US military jet crashed in Greenland – with 4 nuclear bombs on board
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Denmark, Greenland sign deal to clean up US military waste
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark and its autonomous Arctic island of Greenland have signed an agreement to clean up U.S. military installations that were left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War.
The deal earmarks 180 million kroner ($29 million) over six years for the cleanup. Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen and Danish Environment Minister Esben Lunde Larsen finalized it in Copenhagen on Thursday.
Greenland traders to keynote Maine summit on Arctic trade
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland law firm is hosting an event about business growth in the Arctic in which a pair of Greenland executives will provide the keynote address.
Verrill Dana is hosting the full-day seminar on Thursday at its offices in response to changing shipping routes that it says make the Arctic and northern Europe more important for Maine businesses.
Delegation from Norwegian city visits Portland
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A delegation from a Norwegian city is visiting Portland in hopes of boosting trade between the two cities.
Representatives from businesses and city officials in Tromso, Norway, are visiting the city on a three-day trip that started Wednesday.
The trip includes meetings between Norwegian and southern Maine companies interested in biotech innovation, marine sciences, aquaculture and food and beverage industries.
Air France plane’s lost engine spotted in Greenland
PARIS (AP) — French investigators say they have located parts from the engine that were lost by an Air France plane during a flight to Los Angeles from Paris last week.
France's BEA air accident agency said in a statement Thursday the flight data recorder was used to identify a search area in a wasteland covered with ice in Denmark's Greenland territory.
NUUK, Greenland (AP) — After 24 days at sea and a journey spanning more than 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles), the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica has set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage.
NUUK, Greenland (AP) — The Latest on the icebreaker MSV Nordica's record-breaking transit of the Northwest Passage (all times local):
After 24 days at sea and a journey spanning more than 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles), the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica has set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage.
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (AP) — More than a century has passed since the first successful transit of the treacherous, ice-bound Northwest Passage by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1906. Now The Associated Press is sending a text, video and photo team through the passage, where global warming is melting sea ice and glaciers at an historic rate, altering and opening up the Arctic in a way unprecedented in recorded history.
Greenland mourns 4 missing in tsunami
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland flags were flying at half-staff Wednesday across Denmark and in Greenland's capital, Nuuk, to mourn four people who are presumed dead after a tsunami flooded a village on the Arctic island's west coast.
HELSINKI (AP) — Authorities say four people have been reported missing in Greenland after an earthquake off the Arctic island's west coast triggered a tsunami that flooded a village.
The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland said Sunday that an earthquake late Saturday with a magnitude of around 4.0 on the Richter scale struck northwestern Greenland near the village of Nuugaatsiaq. It said surging water is reported to have destroyed 11 buildings there.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tiny tubes and filaments in some Canadian rock appear to be the oldest known fossils, giving new support to some ideas about how life began, a new study says.
The features are mineralized remains of what appear to be bacteria that lived some 3.77 billion to 4.28 billion years ago, the scientists said. That would surpass the 3.7 billion years assigned to some other rock features found in Greenland, which were proposed to be fossils last August.
Iceland, world’s safest country, in shock over rare slaying
LONDON (AP) — Iceland, ranked the world's most peaceful country, is reeling after police said that a young woman whose body was found on a beach was killed in a homicide.
Gunnar Runar Sveinbjornsson, the spokesman for the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police, said Wednesday that Birna Brjansdottir, 20, went missing on Jan. 14 after a night out with friends.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Greenland is calling on Denmark to clean up an abandoned under-ice missile project and other U.S. military installations left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War.
Denmark urged to clean up US military waste in Greenland
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland is calling on Denmark to clean up an abandoned under-ice missile project and other U.S. military installations left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War.
The 1951 deal under which NATO member Denmark allowed the U.S. to build 33 bases and radar stations in the former Danish province doesn't specify who's responsible for any cleanup.
Raw: Greenland Shark Longest Living Vertebrate
Greenland shark now oldest living animal with backbone
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the cold waters of the Arctic, a denizen of the deep lurked for centuries. Now scientists calculate that this female Greenland shark was the Earth's oldest living animal with a backbone.
They estimated that the gray shark, part of the species named after Greenland, was born in the icy waters roughly 400 years ago, and died only recently. That conclusion puts the entire species at the top of the longevity list.