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Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study


WASHINGTON Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday said.

While U.S. Senate pushes Alaska wildlife refuge drilling, industry looks elsewhere

Even as the U.S. Senate moves to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the real action is 150 miles (241 km) west, where industry proponents hope a coming sale of 10 million acres of land will revitalize the state's sagging crude production.

Statoil presents $5.9 billion Castberg oilfield development plan

OSLO Norway's Statoil presented long-awaited investment plans on Tuesday for its Arctic Johan Castberg oil discovery, which is expected to cost 49 billion Norwegian crowns ($5.89 billion) to develop ahead of a 2022 production start-up.

Dec 05 2017

Global powers strike deal to research before fishing Arctic seas

WASHINGTON Delegations from the United States, Russia, and China and other countries struck a deal on Thursday to refrain from commercial fishing in the high Arctic seas, one of world's fastest-warming places, until scientists can determine what fish are there and whether they can be harvested sustainably.

Environment, China, Russia Dec 01 2017

Arctic drilling hits speed bumps in U.S. tax bill

WASHINGTON A quest by Republicans to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve was slowed after a nonpartisan Senate official ruled late on Wednesday that the exploration was subject to environmental assessments by the Interior Department.

Jane Goodall urges U.S. Senate to halt quest for Arctic refuge oil

WASHINGTON British primatologist Jane Goodall sent a letter to every U.S. senator on Tuesday urging them to oppose a push in the U.S. Congress to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a region environmentalists say is one of the world's last paradises.

Norway environmental lawsuit says Arctic oil plan violates constitution

OSLO Norway's plan for Arctic oil exploration is unconstitutional because it violates the right to a healthy environment, a lawyer for Greenpeace and the Nature and Youth environmental group told an Oslo court on Tuesday.

Nov 14 2017

Seeking to slow climate change, lawsuits look to the constitution

BONN, Germany Climate activists will argue in an Oslo court this week that Norway's plans for Arctic oil exploration are unconstitutional, in an emerging branch of law where plaintiffs are trying to enlist a nation's founding principles to limit warming.

Environment, Germany Nov 13 2017

Scientists decry Arctic oil expansion in letter to U.S. senators

NEW YORK A group of 37 U.S.-based scientists whose research focuses on Arctic wildlife asked two U.S. senators in a letter on Thursday not to open the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, according to a copy seen by Reuters.

Bid to expand Antarctic marine protection area fails: conservationist

SYDNEY A proposal to expand the world's largest marine conservation park in Antarctica by linking it with smaller ones failed at a meeting as Russian and Chinese delegates did not endorse it, a conservationist attending the session said on Saturday.

Environment, Russia Oct 28 2017

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians, wound 160 in protests over Jerusalem

GAZA Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week. | Video