Arctic

Russia's Putin wants beefed-up presence in Arctic

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MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia should step up its presence in the Arctic and challenge other nations in exploring the world's largest untapped natural reserves, days after it started shipping its first oil from the region.

Japanese whaling group intends to resume its hunts

TOKYO - The group that conducts Japan's whaling says it expects to resume scientific whaling in the Antarctic after this year's hunt was canceled following an order by an international court.

Environment, Japan 15 Apr 2014

Arctic gas project backs political strategy as Russia turns east

SABETTA, Russia - On the Arctic tundra far to the north of Moscow, Russia is charting a course away from the West and towards Asia.

World, Russia 11 Apr 2014

Japan may suggest smaller whale catch after ICJ blow

TOKYO - Japan could try to rescue its Antarctic whaling program by sharply reducing catch quotas after the highest U.N. court ordered a halt, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the catch was for scientific purposes and not mainly for human consumption. | Video

Environment, Japan 01 Apr 2014

World court orders halt to Japan's scientific whaling

THE HAGUE - Judges at the highest U.N. court ordered Japan on Monday to halt whaling in the Antarctic, rejecting its long-held argument that the catch was for scientific purposes and not primarily for human consumption.

Environment, Japan 31 Mar 2014

Climate changes put the freeze on elephant seal births

SYDNEY - More ice means fewer elephant seal pups, according to Australian scientists studying breeding colonies on Macquarie Island near Antarctica and atmospheric changes in the region that have affected the feeding grounds.

27 Mar 2014

Canada 'Arctic passage' still a ways off: transportation minister

WASHINGTON - Logistical challenges to large-scale sea shipments within the Arctic Circle mean such trade will not be a near-term rival to existing routes, a senior Canadian official said on Tuesday.

25 Mar 2014

U.S. Navy eyes greater presence in Arctic

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is mapping out how to expand its presence in the Arctic beginning about 2020, given signs that the region's once permanent ice cover is melting faster than expected, which is likely to trigger more traffic, fishing and resource mining. | Video

01 Mar 2014

U.S. Navy eyes greater presence in Arctic

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is mapping out how to expand its presence in the Arctic beginning about 2020, given signs that the region's once permanent ice cover is melting faster than expected, which is likely to trigger more traffic, fishing and resource mining.

27 Feb 2014

U.S. Navy eyes greater presence in Arctic from 2025

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is mapping out how to expand its presence in the Arctic beginning around 2020, given signs that the region's once permanent ice cover is melting faster than expected, which is likely to trigger more traffic, fishing and resource mining.

27 Feb 2014
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Obama wraps up Japan visit but no trade deal

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America's ally that Washington would come to its defense, but failed to clinch a trade deal key his "pivot" to Asia and to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reforms. | Video