U.S. Sinks Arctic Accord Over to Climate Change Differences -Diplomats

By Simon Johnson ROVANIEMI, Finland, May 7 (Reuters) - The United States has refused to sign an agreement on challenges in the Arctic due to discrepancies over climate change wording, diplomats said on Tuesday, jeopardizing cooperation in the polar region at the sharp edge of global warming. With Arctic temperatures rising at twice the rate of the rest of the globe, the … [Read more...]

Pentagon Concerned About China’s Increasing Presence in the Arctic

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) - Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could also pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday. The assessment is included in the U.S. military's annual report … [Read more...]

Time-Lapse Video: Resupplying Thule Air Base, America’s Northernmost Military Installation

https://vimeo.com/180321695 Located 207 km north of the Arctic Circle, on the northwest coast of the island of Greenland, Thule Air Base is the US military's northernmost installation. Thule's arctic environment includes icebergs in North Star Bay, two islands (Saunders Island and Wolstenholme Island), a polar ice sheet, and Wolstenholme Fjord – the only place on Earth … [Read more...]

Opinion: China Is Joining the Rush for Arctic Riches

By James Stavridis (Bloomberg Opinion) -- I recently wrote a column on the challenges posed by China both on the South China Sea and globally on the deep seabed. But there is another element to the maritime “Great Game” China is playing: the Arctic Ocean. This may seem counterintuitive – last time I looked at a map, China did not have any Arctic waterfront. But this has not … [Read more...]

Novatek Wants Arctic Sea Route Open Year Round

by Sabina Zawadzki (Reuters) - Russian gas producer Novatek wants to use nuclear icebreakers to keep the Northern Sea Route, a shipping path traversing the Arctic to Asia, open all year long for its liquefied natural gas (LNG), a top executive said on Wednesday. “Our plan is to keep the Northern Sea Route open twelve months a year in 2023 to 25 with 100-megawatt-hour nuclear … [Read more...]