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Norway worried by intensified Russian naval activity

LONDON Russia has increased its naval activity in international waters close to Norway and its military capabilities are a growing concern, Norway's navy chief said on Thursday.

Russia's first sea-borne nuclear power plant arrives in Arctic

MOSCOW Russia's first-floating nuclear power plant arrived in the Arctic port of Murmansk over the weekend in preparation for its maiden mission, providing electricity to an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska.

World, Russia, Nuclear Power May 21 2018

Arctic oil 'undrillable' amid global warming: U.N.'s ex-climate chief

OSLO An architect of the Paris climate agreement urged governments on Tuesday to halt oil exploration in the Arctic, saying drilling was not economical and warming threatened the environmentally fragile region.

May 15 2018

Icebergs could float to the rescue of Cape Town water crisis

JOHANNESBURG Marine salvage experts are floating a plan to tug icebergs from Antarctica to South Africa's drought-hit Cape Town to help solve the region's worst water shortage in a century.

Environment, World, Africa Apr 30 2018

UK, U.S. study Antarctic glacier, hoping to crack sea level risks

OSLO Britain and the United States launched a $25 million project on Monday to study the risks of a collapse of a giant glacier in Antarctica that is already shrinking and nudging up global sea levels.

HSBC to stop financing most new coal plants, oil sands, arctic drilling

LONDON Europe's largest bank HSBC said on Friday it would mostly stop funding new coal power plants, oil sands and arctic drilling, becoming the latest in a long line of investors to shun the fossil fuels.

Trump administration begins review process for drilling in Alaska refuge

WASHINGTON The Trump administration this week will begin the environmental review process for oil and gas drilling on a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a region in northern Alaska rich in crude but prized by conservationists.

Apr 19 2018

Arctic jazz: bowhead whales have amazingly diverse songbook

WASHINGTON Bowhead whales, the black filter-feeding giants of the Arctic that can live for 200 years devouring tons of tiny marine creatures, boast another remarkable quality. Their unique underwater songs make them wonderful "jazz" artists.

Science, Environment Apr 04 2018

Arctic Ocean ice near record low for winter, boost for shipping

OSLO/WASHINGTON Winter sea ice on the Arctic Ocean covered the second smallest area on record this year, part of a thaw that is opening the region to shipping and oil exploration and may be disrupting weather far to the south, scientists said on Friday.

Greenpeace boards rig due to drill for Statoil in Arctic

OSLO Greenpeace activists have boarded a rig that was due to sail to the Arctic to drill prospects on behalf of oil firm Statoil, the environmental group said on Thursday.

Mar 22 2018
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Ireland ends abortion ban as 'quiet revolution' transforms country

DUBLIN Ireland's prime minister on Saturday hailed the culmination of "a quiet revolution" in what was once one of Europe's most socially conservative countries after a landslide referendum vote to liberalize highly restrictive laws on abortion. | Video