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Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity

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ILLIMANI MOUNTAIN, Bolivia A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears. | Video

Giant iceberg like 'niggling tooth' set to crack off Antarctica

OSLO One of the biggest icebergs on record is like a "niggling tooth" about to snap off Antarctica and will be an extra hazard for ships around the frozen continent as it breaks up, scientists said on Wednesday.

Jun 21 2017

Norway offers record number of blocks for Arctic oil exploration

OSLO Norway offered a record number of blocks for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Barents Sea on Wednesday, brushing off concerns about the risks of drilling in the remote, icy environment.

Jun 21 2017

Delaware-sized iceberg on verge of split from Antarctic shelf

SEATTLE A Delaware-sized iceberg is very close to splitting off from one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica, scientists say, after a fast-growing crack stretched to within 8 miles (13 kilometers) of the open ocean this week.

Jun 01 2017

'Doomsday' seed vault entrance repaired after thaw of Arctic ice

OSLO Norway is repairing the entrance of a "doomsday" seed vault on an Arctic island after an unexpected thaw of permafrost let water into a building meant as a deep freeze to safeguard the world's food supplies.

May 20 2017

Tillerson gives nod at Arctic meet to climate change action

(This version of the May 11 story corrects timing of debate about the agreement to show it took place before the meal, not after, in paragraph 7.) | Video

May 16 2017

At Arctic Council meeting, hidden tensions over region's resources

FAIRBANKS, Alaska As foreign ministers from countries with territory in the far North celebrated an agreement on fighting climate change this week, one topic seethed below the surface: growing competition for Arctic resources and sea lanes as the ice melts.

Russia showcases Arctic hardware in Red Square military parade

MOSCOW Russia rolled out air defense systems built to operate in sub-zero Arctic conditions on Tuesday as it showcased its military might at a parade on Moscow's Red Square. | Video

World, Russia May 09 2017

U.S. vows commitment to Arctic climate change research

WASHINGTON The United States will participate in advancing climate change research in the Arctic, a State Department official said on Monday, ahead of a summit of Arctic nations later this week where Washington's commitment to tackling climate change will likely be questioned.

Growing Antarctic crack primes Delaware-sized iceberg

A crack that could create an iceberg the size of Delaware - and destabilize one of the largest ice shelves in the Antarctic - has branched out and begun to widen more quickly, a scientist said on Wednesday.

May 03 2017
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Turkey's Erdogan backs Qatar, says calls to shut base 'disrespectful'

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he backed Qatar's response to a list of demands issued by Arab states boycotting the Gulf emirate, and said calls for a Turkish military base there to close were disrespectful.