The frozen land mass of the Arctic stretches for miles in each direction as our small propeller plane makes its short flight from Longyearbyen to Ny Alesund. This small settlement was first inhabited in 1916 during World War I to mine coal for battleships. Today, a united effort by the world is driving some of the top scientists to this place to understand and find ways to save the planet from the effects of climate change.
Reuters - News Video Online (June 26, 2015) Four bridges have collapsed in the northern Indian town of Sonprayag as heavy monsoon rains wreak havoc. Rudi Bakhtiar reports.
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France 24 (Mar. 2, 2013) As the Arctic ice melts, the battle for natural resources is heating up. Up to a quarter of the world's oil and gas deposits are thought to lie beneath the chilly seas, and big global players such as ... watch video
AP (May 15, 2013) China, South Korea and Japan are all keen on the Arctic for its untapped energy and natural resources. The countries have now been granted observer status at the Arctic Council, meeting in Sweden ... watch video
Reuters (Aug. 24, 2012) Scientists say Arctic sea ice is likely to shrink to its smallest recorded size sometime next week. The ongoing thaw has opened new sea lanes to shipping, with a Chinese icebreaker recently becoming ... watch video
Reuters (Sep. 7, 2011) Researchers are deploying 3D laser scanners on an Arctic ice floes to augment satellite data being gathered dozens of miles overhead. The project aims to accurately measure the thickness of arctic ... watch video
AP (July 29, 2015) An activist group has announced that 26 climbers have used ropes to rappel over the St. Johns Bridge to block Shell's Arctic ice-breaking vessel in an attempt to stop a new Arctic oil drilling ... watch video
Reuters - US Online Video (Mar. 25, 2016) A NASA scientist warns that "what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic" as the region's sea ice dips to a record low after an unusually warm winter. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Oct. 18, 2016 New research suggests that "flash droughts" -- like the one that unexpectedly gripped the Southern Rockies and Midwest in the summer of 2012 -- could be predicted months in ... read more
Oct. 20, 2016 Bolivian glaciers shrunk by 43% between 1986 and 2014, and will continue to diminish if temperatures in the region continue to increase. Glacier recession is leaving lakes ... read more
Oct. 17, 2016 Very tiny plastic particles of micro and nano size are difficult to measure in the environment to assess exposure risks. Researchers now provide the first mechanistic modelling study on the behavior ... read more
Oct. 20, 2016 Intensive farming, sprawling towns, a dense road network -- the modern world leaves less and less space for animals and plants. They are forced back into shrinking refuges, ... read more
Nov. 30, 2015 The levels of black carbon in Arctic rivers has been determined by researchers who found that the input of black carbon to the Arctic Ocean is likely to increase with global ... read more
Sep. 17, 2015 Methane emissions from Arctic tundra increase when sea ice melts, according to a new study. This connection has been suspected before, but has lacked strong evidence until ... read more
Aug. 22, 2014 As we near the final month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, NASA scientists are watching the annual seasonal melting of the Arctic sea ice cover. The floating, frozen cap that stretches across ... read more
Jan. 14, 2013 The climate changes depicted by climatologists up to the year 2080 will benefit most mammals that live in northern Europe’s Arctic and Sub-Arctic land areas today if they are able to reach their ... read more