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Exhausted polar bear wanders into Siberian city

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MOSCOW A starving polar bear has strayed hundreds of kilometers from its natural Arctic habitat and wandered, exhausted, into the major Russian industrial city of Norilsk in northern Siberia. | Video

Scientists amazed as Canadian permafrost thaws 70 years early

LONDON Permafrost at outposts in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted, an expedition has discovered, in the latest sign that the global climate crisis is accelerating even faster than scientists had feared.

Canada erupts as Raptors capture first ever NBA championship

TORONTO/Rankin Inlet, NUNAVUT Canadians erupted from coast to coast and all the way up to the Arctic on Thursday as the Toronto Raptors captured their first NBA championship in a country that is traditionally known as the home of hockey. | Video

U.S. vows first oil lease sale in Alaska Arctic refuge this year

ANCHORAGE, Alaska The U.S. Interior Department is determined to sell oil leases for the first time this year in the ecologically sensitive but presumably petroleum-rich coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a Trump administration official said on Thursday.

U.S., Environment May 30 2019

Russia, eyeing Arctic future, launches nuclear icebreaker

ST PETERSBURG, Russia Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker on Saturday, part of an ambitious program to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic's commercial potential. | Video

In Portugal, a man braves dangerous cliffs to clean-up the coast

CASCAIS, Portugal Every week, carrying a large bag to collect marine litter, sea-lover Miguel Lacerda climbs up and down dangerous 140-metre-high cliffs, dedicating himself to cleaning up Portugal's rocky coast.

May 24 2019

Old mold: Fossil of world's earliest fungus unearthed in Canada

WASHINGTON Microfossils of a globular spore connected to a T-shaped filament excavated in an Arctic region of northwestern Canada represent the oldest-known fungus, a discovery that sheds light on the origins of an important branch in Earth's tree of life.

May 22 2019

Gray whale deaths on West Coast may be linked to Arctic warmth

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Dozens of gray whales have been found dead along the U.S. West Coast in recent weeks and some scientists believe the cause lies far to the north, in the heated-up Arctic waters off Alaska.

May 16 2019

U.S. sinks Arctic accord due to climate change differences: diplomats

ROVANIEMI, Finland The United States has refused to sign an agreement on challenges in the Arctic due to discrepancies over climate change wording, diplomats said on Tuesday, jeopardising cooperation in the polar region at the sharp edge of global warming.

China says to play constructive role in Arctic

BEIJING China will work with all parties to play a constructive role in the Arctic, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, as the United States warned about Beijing's involvement in the region.

Environment, China May 07 2019
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U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates The United States sought on Wednesday to bolster its case for isolating Iran over its nuclear and regional activities by displaying limpet mine fragments it said came from an oil tanker damaged in an attack last week and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin. | Video