Arctic

Arctic oil well blowout could spread more than 1,000 km: WWF study

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CALGARY Alberta - Oil from a spill or oil well blowout in the Arctic waters of Canada's Beaufort Sea could easily become trapped in sea ice and potentially spread more than 1,000 kilometers to the west coast of Alaska, a World Wildlife Fund study showed on Friday.

EU's planned sanctions against Russia to hit South Stream, Yamal LNG 24 Jul 2014

LONDON/BRUSSELS - The European Union's proposed sanctions against Russia, targeting sensitive technology, take aim at Gazprom's huge South Stream gas pipeline project to Europe and Novatek's Arctic Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility.

Exxon oil rig enters uncharted waters of Russian political storm 21 Jul 2014

OSLO - An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning into a major political exercise, attracting international scrutiny and creating a dilemma for ExxonMobil.

Canadian diamond legend Fipke sells remaining stakes in Ekati mine 09 Jul 2014

- Charles "Chuck" Fipke, one of the founders of Canada's first diamond mine, Ekati, is selling his remaining stakes in the Arctic mine for $67 million, purchaser Dominion Diamond Corp said on Wednesday.

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Emperor penguin population to slide due Antarctic climate change 29 Jun 2014

OSLO, - Global warming will cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 as the sea ice on which the birds breed becomes less secure, a study said on Sunday.

Belgian, Canadian first to circle Greenland ice sheet 13 Jun 2014

BRUSSELS - A Belgian and a Canadian have became the first people to circle the Greenland ice sheet, covering an Arctic record 4,000 kilometres (2,485 miles) in 55 days by using kites to pull their sleds and skis.

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Japan shrugs off embarrassing court loss, vows resumption of Antarctic whaling 10 Jun 2014

TOKYO - An embarrassing court ruling that halted Japan's Antarctic whaling will actually help Tokyo take whales in the name of science, a top whaling official said just a day after the prime minister vowed to press for commercial whaling.

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Mineral site key to Antarctica's history gets protected status 05 Jun 2014

SYDNEY - Antarctica pact partners have set up a new protected geological site on the frozen continent in a bid to preserve rare minerals that could shed light on the region's history and evolution over millions of years.

Mineral site key to Antarctica's history gets protected status 05 Jun 2014

SYDNEY, June 5 - Antarctica pact partners have set up a new protected geological site on the frozen continent in a bid to preserve rare minerals that could shed light on the region's history and evolution over millions of years.

Greenpeace ship arrives at Arctic drill site, Statoil rig within sight 29 May 2014

OSLO - A Greenpeace ship arrived on Thursday at the Arctic location where Norway's Statoil is planning to drill the world's most northerly oil well, ahead of the company's rig which was making its way to the site.

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U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

KIEV/DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia - The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbour and threatening more sanctions. | Video