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'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.

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

Arctic thaw quickening threatens trillion-dollar costs: report

(The online version of the April 24 story is refiled to fix byline, and typo in 12th paragraph)

Gazprom CEO sees share of EU gas market rising despite LNG rivals

LONDON A new pipeline from Russia's Arctic fields to Germany will boost Moscow's share of the European gas market despite competition from Qatar and the United States, and will also mean much less fuel goes via Ukraine, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said.

Norway's Statoil plays down risks ahead of Arctic drilling

OSLO Norway's Statoil on Monday played down concerns that drilling in the Arctic is risky, days before it kickstarts its drilling campaign in the Barents Sea, where the country believes around half of its remaining resources could be located.

Apr 24 2017

Explorer Shackleton's great grandson drives car across Antarctic

LONDON British tech entrepreneur Patrick Bergel has become the first man to drive a car across the Antarctic, completing the feat 100 years after his great grandfather, explorer Ernest Shackleton, failed to cross the icy continent on foot.

Apr 20 2017