Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.

Obama heads north to Alaska, where drilling decision looms large

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. | Video

Politics, U.S. 29 Aug 2015

Court orders Russia to pay compensation for Greenpeace ship seizure

AMSTERDAM - A court in the Netherlands has ordered Russia to pay compensation for seizing the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise during a protest against an offshore oil platform two years ago, a ruling which Moscow dismissed as lacking legal authority.

World, Russia, Environment 25 Aug 2015

Clinton parts with Obama administration on Arctic drilling

- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska.

U.S., Environment, Politics 18 Aug 2015

U.S. gives Shell final nod to drill for oil in Arctic

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration granted Royal Dutch Shell final clearance on Monday to resume drilling for oil and gas in the environmentally fragile Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012, a move green groups vowed to fight.

17 Aug 2015

Greenpeace protesters face fines for dangling from Oregon bridge

PORTLAND, Ore. - Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday. 

U.S., Environment 13 Aug 2015

U.S. Coast Guard sees added burden in Shell's Arctic quest

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Coast Guard has been forced to divert resources - including a vessel that fights cocaine trafficking - to the Arctic this summer to ensure that Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling meets its environmental and safety commitments, its top officer said.

11 Aug 2015

Russia resubmits claim for energy-rich Arctic shelf

MOSCOW - Russia said on Tuesday it has resubmitted a claim to the United Nations for some 1.2 million square km of the Arctic shelf, a drive to secure more of the mineral-rich region where other countries have rival territorial interests.

Shell's Arctic icebreaker threads human barricade as it departs Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. - An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. | Video

U.S., Environment 30 Jul 2015

Oregon bridge danglers hope to delay Shell's Arctic drilling

PORTLAND, Ore. - Protestors rappelled off a bridge and formed a kayak flotilla in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday hoping to delay Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil exploration this summer by blocking the return of a ship to Alaska that holds emergency equipment.

29 Jul 2015

Migrant chaos at Budapest train station; Germany says EU rules still hold

BUDAPEST/BERLIN - Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest's Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as the biggest ever influx of migrants into the European Union left its asylum policies in tatters. | Video