Latest Arctic News

Critics gear up for response to lease sale in Arctic refuge

Oct. 26, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Opponents of oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge have a message for oil drillers and the people who finance them: Don't become the company known for the demise of America's polar bears. The Department of the Interior hopes to conduct a lease sale in the Arctic...

'We're all in big trouble': Climate panel sees a dire future

Sep. 25, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday. Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more acidic and losing oxygen, the Intergovernmental Panel on...

Maine university joins University of the Arctic cooperative

Sep. 22, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A public university in Maine is joining a group of international institutions that make up the University of the Arctic. The University of Southern Maine says it was officially accepted into the university after a presentation by its president, Glenn Cummings, on Sept. 18 at...

A year in the ice: Scientists set sail on Arctic expedition

Sep. 20, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An international team of researchers set off Friday on the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic, a yearlong journey they hope will sharpen the scientific models that underpin human understanding of climate change. The 140-million euro ($158 million)...

Climate change will grab globe's focus with summit, strikes

Sep. 20, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready to hear about global warming — or the "climate emergency " as the United Nations is calling it. In the next week, there will be climate strikes, climate summits, climate debates, a dire climate science report, climate pledges by countries and businesses, promises of...

House votes to bar Arctic drilling; Senate action unlikely

Sep. 12, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday voted to reinstate a decades-long ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a largely symbolic move aimed at reversing a plan by President Donald Trump to drill in the pristine refuge. The 225-193 vote...