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Massive iceberg continues losing mass as it swirls around South Georgia island

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A massive Antarctic iceberg that last month threatened a penguin-populated island off the southern tip of South America has since lost much of its mass and broken into pieces, scientists say.

Trump administration issues last-minute Arctic refuge drilling leases

The Trump administration said on Tuesday it had issued drilling leases on more than 400,000 acres (160,000 hectares) of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), delivering on a promise to fossil-fuel proponents on President Donald Trump's last full day in office.

Jan 19 2021

Warming Arctic at the frontier of climate insight and risk, experts say

HONG KONG/BRUSSELS The environmental transformation happening in the Arctic is key to understanding the potential global impacts of climate change, an Alaska Native leader and a polar explorer told the Reuters Next conference on Monday. | Video

Jan 11 2021

Oil drillers shrug off Trump's U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge auction

(Reuters) -The Trump administration on Wednesday found few takers at its sale of drilling leases in a pristine Arctic wildlife refuge, with an Alaska state agency emerging as the sole bidder for most of the acreage sold.

U.S. judge denies effort to stop drilling auction in Arctic refuge

A federal judge in Alaska ruled late on Tuesday that the Trump administration's planned auction of oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) could proceed as planned on Wednesday morning.

Last-minute White House decision opens more Arctic land to oil leasing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) -U.S. President Donald Trump's administration announced on Monday that it has made final its plan to open up vast areas of once-protected Arctic Alaska territory to oil development.

Russia reopens Soviet-era laboratory to test weapons in Arctic conditions

MOSCOW Russia has reopened a Soviet-era laboratory to test weapons in extreme Arctic conditions, the military-industrial company which will run the facility said on Thursday, amid a push by the Kremlin to beef up its defences in the resource-rich region.

World, Russia Dec 24 2020

Canada rejects bid by China's Shandong for Arctic gold mine on security grounds

(Reuters) -Canada rejected Shandong Gold Mining's bid for indebted TMAC Resources, the companies said, amid concerns about a Chinese state-owned entity operating in the country's sensitive Arctic region.

Dec 23 2020

Coronavirus reaches end of earth as first outbreak hits Antarctica

SANTIAGO The coronavirus has landed in Antarctica, the last continent previously free from COVID-19, Chile's military said this week, as health and army officials scrambled to clear out and quarantine staff from a remote research station surrounded by ocean and icebergs.

Norway supreme court verdict opens Arctic to more oil drilling

OSLO Norway's supreme court upheld government plans for Arctic oil exploration on Tuesday, dismissing a lawsuit by campaigners who said they violated people's right to a healthy environment.

Dec 22 2020
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Police clamp down on Russian protests against jailing of Kremlin foe Navalny

MOSCOW Police detained more than 2,500 people and used force to break up rallies across Russia on Saturday as tens of thousands of protesters ignored extreme cold and police warnings to demand the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. | Video