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President Obama Approves Drilling in the Arctic: Should We Be Outraged?

May 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

On Monday, the Obama Administration gave conditional approval for Royal Dutch Shell to begin exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic waters off the northern coast of Alaska. On environmental grounds alone, I think drilling offshore in the Arctic is a foolish risk.[read more]

It's Not All About Oil and Gas in the Arctic

May 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Energy and Risk

Recently, the US assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, at the conclusion of the 2015 ministerial meeting in Iqaluit in Canada. The US has outlined a policy agenda with a focus on addressing the effects of climate change.[read more]

Can the U.S. Afford to Exclude Military Security from its Arctic Council Chairmanship Agenda?

April 22, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Council Agenda

At the next Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting held in Iqaluit, Nunavut (Canada) on 24-25 April 2015, the US will take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Canada for the next two years until May 2017. This comes at a time of unprecedented geopolitical volatility and tension.[read more]

Baked Alaska: Climate Change in the Arctic

January 2, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Arctic Climate Impacts

If there’s been any “pause” in global warming, the Arctic hasn’t seen it. The latest Arctic Report Card issued from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a continued acceleration of climate change in the region.[read more]

Upcoming US Arctic Council Chairmanship Should not Focus on Military Security

October 17, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

The Arctic and the Military

Even though these developments seem to push military security on the US Arctic agenda, it better serves US interest to comprehend Russia’s moves in the Arctic as rational and expand the use of confidence-building measures, as well as prioritize climate change during its Arctic Council Chairmanship.[read more]

Climate Change: New Report Offers Principles for Managing the Arctic

April 24, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

changing Arctic

The Arctic may be a rugged place, but it is also fragile. A new report from the Obama Administration sets the stage for moving in the right direction, but now the government must take concrete steps.[read more]

Editor's Choice: Five Important U.S. Energy Stories Of 2012

December 30, 2012 by Joseph Romm

The presidential and congressional elections dominated the American news cycle in 2012. And although climate change took a backseat during the campaign, energy played a surprisingly prominent role.[read more]

Environmental World Review 2011

December 26, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

World CO2 Chart via Wikipedia -- Look to the top of right sidebar for the current month's CO2 level Via Climate Himalaya, The Guardian reports on the record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather – and the world’s second worst nuclear disaster. The year 2011 was another ecologically...[read more]

Earth at Boiling Point

June 15, 2011 by Sam Carana

As long as no tipping points are crossed, many believe, there will only be insignificant rises in temperature and sea level, while any dangers are far away in the future. However, the boiling point analogy may more appropriately describe the risk of Arctic methane releases, and the window of opportunity we have to act.[read more]

Arctic Oil and Gas: The Emerging Question

February 15, 2011 by Emily McGlynn

“What would happen if a Deepwater Horizon-type oil spill were to happen in the Arctic?” is a question Arctic coastal nations have been asking themselves for almost a year now. It is important to stress that this is not a high-flown hypothetical. The USGS released a report in 2008 saying that there could be up to 400 billion barrels...[read more]

Open Waters Around Normally Frozen Baffin Island this New Year

January 4, 2011 by Simon Donner

At a casual meal on the weekend, I met a couple in town from Iqualit. The capital of Canada's northern Inuit territory of Nunavut is located on Frobisher Bay in southern Baffin Island. They told me that when they left home in mid-December, the ice on Frobisher Bay was not frozen. I almost coughed up my food; that can't be possibly be...[read more]

Arctic Sea Ice Melt Season Ends, with Ice Continuing its Recent Sharp Downward Trend

September 29, 2010 by Andrew Freedman

After a false alarm earlier this month, the 2010 Arctic sea ice melt season has come to a close, with sea ice extent reaching the third-lowest in the satellite record. This continues the steady and steep decline in sea ice cover during the past few decades, which scientists have traced mainly to emissions of greenhouse gases, as well as...[read more]

Arctic Sea Ice

November 13, 2009 by Michael Tobis

SCARY GRAPHSOMEWHAT SCARY GRAPHMOSTLY NONSCARY GRAPHScary plot from treehuggerLess scary plot from NSIDCNon-scary plot from Meteorlogy NewsAll show the SAME DATA.A nice presentation by CalTech postdoc Ian Eisenman today on the possibility of a genuine Arctic Sea Ice tipping point. Not a "tipping point" but a tipping point. The stuff that...[read more]

What the Battle Over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Tells Us about Public Opinion and Climate Change Legislation

September 17, 2009 by Tim Hurst

A study about attitudes toward drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge sheds some light on how conservationists might influence public opinion in favor of climate change legislation. When the United States Congress finishes its work on health care this Fall, the next big challenge it will take on will be climate change...[read more]

Newsweek’s Science Editor explains why climate change is “even worse than we feared” and how “a consensus has developed during IPY that the Greenland ice sheet will disappear.”

August 5, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Among the phrases you really, really do not want to hear from climate scientists are: “that really shocked us,” “we had no idea how bad it was,” and “reality is well ahead of the climate models.” Yet in speaking to researchers who focus on the Arctic, you hear comments like these so regularly they begin to sound like the thumping refrain...[read more]