Latest Arctic News

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...

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...

Once-jailed Ukraine filmmaker warns Europe against Putin

Nov. 26, 2019 7:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A year after he won Europe’s top human rights award, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov finally picked up the prize Tuesday, following his release from a Russian prison where he was held on terror charges. Accepting the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France,...

Warm ocean water delays sea ice for Alaska towns, wildlife

Nov. 19, 2019 5:59 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq can break through ice as thick as 2.5 feet (0.76 meters). In the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this month, which should be brimming with floes, its limits likely won’t be tested. University of Washington researchers left Nome on Nov. 7 on...

Arctic blast spreads shivers from Maine to Deep South

Nov. 13, 2019 5:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An arctic blast that sent shivers across the Midwest spread to the eastern U.S. on Wednesday, with bitter weather breaking records from Mississippi to Maine. Cold temperatures that stretched to the Gulf Coast followed a snowstorm that the National Weather Service said contributed to...

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...