Latest Arctic News

Floating nuke plant sends first power to Arctic Russia

Dec. 19, 2019 5:04 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A floating nuclear power plant widely criticized by environmentalists started sending electricity Thursday to a region in Russia's Arctic. The floating plant, named the Akademik Lomonosov, was sent in August to the Chukotka Peninsula, an area 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles) northeast of...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, large icebergs float away as the sun rises near Kulusuk, Greenland. Rising temperatures and diminished snow and ice cover in the Arctic are imperiling ecosystems, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday, Dec. 10 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Arctic habitats and cultures on thin ice as region warms

Dec. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “A lot of people think of the Arctic as being a faraway place, but...

In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, Reindeer in a temporary corral in Rakten, outside of Jokkmokk, before being transported to winter pastures.  A collaboration between reindeer herders and scientists is attempting to shed light on dramatic weather changes and develop tools to better predict weather events and their impacts.  Unusual weather patterns in Sweden’s arctic region seem to be jeopardising the migrating animals’ traditional grazing grounds, as rainfall during the winter has led to thick layers of snowy ice that block access to food. (AP Photo/Malin Moberg)

In Sweden's Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving

Dec. 10, 2019 6:17 AM EST

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic. His community herds about 8,000 reindeer year-round, moving them between...

Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel during a reception at Buckingham Palace, as NATO leaders gather to mark 70 years of the alliance, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts were gathering in London Tuesday to mark the alliance's 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining military organization's credibility. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Macron wants bigger Europe military role in NATO

Dec. 3, 2019 2:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit in London (all times local): 7:05 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron said Europeans should play a greater role within the NATO military alliance in order to be less dependent on the United States. Macron said he wants “more European defense to get ... a...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, a firefighter battles the Maria Fire in Somis, Calif. Since leaders first started talking about tackling the problem of climate change, the world has spewed more heat-trapping gases, gotten hotter and suffered hundreds of extreme weather disasters. Fires have burned, ice has melted and seas have grown. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Fire)

Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone

Dec. 1, 2019 5:06 AM EST

Since leaders first started talking about tackling the problem of climate change, the world has spewed more heat-trapping gases, gotten hotter and suffered hundreds of extreme weather disasters. Fires have burned, ice has melted and seas have grown. The first United Nations diplomatic conference to tackle climate...