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Norway dismisses talk of lifting Arctic islands oil, gas ban

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OSLO Norway's right-wing government reaffirmed on Thursday a ban on oil and gas exploration off picturesque Arctic islands, rejecting suggestions it might open the area to drilling in the run-up to elections in 2017.

Russia honors first British Arctic convoy, 75 years on

ARKHANGELSK, Russia British and Russian World War Two veterans gathered on Wednesday in Arkhangelsk, 75 years to the day since Britain's first Arctic convoy of military supplies steamed into the northern port. | Video

World, Russia Aug 31 2016

To deter refugees, Norway readies fence on ex-Cold War border

OSLO Norway is putting up a steel fence at a remote Arctic border post with Russia after an influx of migrants last year, sparking an outcry from refugees' rights groups and fears that cross- border ties with the former Cold War adversary will be harmed.

World, Russia, Norway Aug 24 2016

Antarctica's sea ice said to be vulnerable to sudden retreat

OSLO Sea ice around Antarctica shrank in a warm period more than 100,000 years ago, an indication that man-made climate change could also trigger an abrupt retreat, a scientific report said Tuesday.

Aug 16 2016

Long in the tooth: the Greenland shark may live four centuries

WASHINGTON The Greenland shark, a big and slow-moving deep-ocean predator that prowls the frigid waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic, can claim the distinction of being the planet's longest-living vertebrate, with a lifespan perhaps reaching about 400 years. | Video

Aug 12 2016

After warming fast, part of Antarctica gets a chill: study

OSLO The Antarctic Peninsula, among the fastest warming places on Earth last century, has since cooled due to natural swings in the local climate, scientists said on Wednesday, adding that the respite from the thaw is likely to be brief. | Video

Finland auctions vintage Soviet cars dumped by migrants at Arctic border

HELSINKI Finland on Friday auctioned off scores of vintage albeit ramshackle Soviet-era cars abandoned by asylum-seekers who used them to cross the country's desolate Arctic border from Russia.

Jul 15 2016

U.S. finalizes Arctic energy development regulation

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Interior on Thursday unveiled its final regulations on drilling in the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf to boost safety in the environmentally sensitive region.

Jul 07 2016

An igloo with a view ... Australians go to the polls in Antarctica

SYDNEY In an igloo overlooking Vincennes Bay, Antarctica, 27 Australians did their democratic duty and cast ballots on Friday, the day before the rest of the nation votes in a general election.

World, Australia Jul 01 2016

Film links melting glaciers, land loss in Bangladesh

UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Melting ice in Antarctica puts as many as 30 million people in Bangladesh at risk of losing their homes over the coming century, according to a new documentary focused on the human cost of climate change.

Environment, Film Jun 14 2016
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Seychelles president says to resign on Oct 16: state house

VICTORIA Seychelles President James Alix Michel said on Tuesday he would resign on Oct. 16 after a constitutional amendment to limit the number of presidential terms to two, a statement published by the state house showed.