Arctic Ocean

Russia to evacuate Arctic research station as ice floe crumbles

Russia has ordered the urgent evacuation of the 16-strong crew of a drifting Arctic research station after the ice floe that hosts the floating laboratory began to disintegrate, officials said.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 4:14am

UN sounds alarm over record Arctic ice melt

The World Meterological Organisation said that during the August to September melting season last year, the Arctic’s sea ice cover was just 3.4 million square km. Photo: AP

The Arctic’s sea ice melted at a record pace last year, the ninth-hottest year on record, compounding concerns about climate change underscored by extreme weather such as Hurricane Sandy, the UN weather agency said on Thursday.

2 May 2013 - 6:08pm

Arctic ice loss highlights climate risk, says UN body

Last year's record shrinkage of Arctic sea ice highlight the risk to the planet from climate change. Photo: AFP

Last year's record shrinkage of Arctic sea ice and a spell of catastrophic droughts, floods and storms highlight the risk to the planet from climate change, the UN Environment Programme (Unep) said in an annual review of the world's environment coinciding with ministerial-level talks in Nairobi.

19 Feb 2013 - 3:43am

Safety first in the race for Arctic oil

Safety first in the race for Arctic oil

The rapid shrinkage of Arctic ice cover is one of the most dramatic changes in nature currently occurring anywhere on the planet, with profound environmental and economic implications.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:47am

Joy and concern as snowy owls arrive in Vancouver

A snowy owl swoops low over the foreshore of Boundary Bay, south of Vancouver. Photo:

Snowy owls, a symbol of the Arctic tundra, are flocking to the outskirts of temperate Vancouver, thrilling birdwatchers with their rare presence but worrying bird welfare experts.

20 Jan 2013 - 6:51am

Time for China and US to take lead in climate-change debate

Thr Kyoto Protocol

Progress at world climate-change talks remains glacial compared with the loss of Arctic sea ice, which scientists link to global warming. Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Doha reached an eleventh-hour deal to extend a watered-down Kyoto Protocol to combat greenhouse gas emissions after three big nations dropped out.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:23am 2 comments

2012 marked by extreme weather and Arctic ice melt, UN says

Arctic sea ice. Photo: AFP

Extreme temperatures, drought, floods and the unprecedented loss of Arctic ice marked global weather this year, boosting concerns at the march of climate change, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

28 Nov 2012 - 11:51pm

Climate change: a failure to forecast

It's no surprise we will have a record minimum of ice cover in the Arctic Ocean at the end of this summer melt season. It's already down to around 4million square kilometres, with a least another week of melting to go, but this is what you might call a "known unknown". Scientists knew we were losing the ice cover fast; they just didn't know how fast.

6 Sep 2012 - 1:22am

Sea ice in Arctic Ocean declines to a record low

The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists say.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:42am

Countries want to be fatter, and fatter

National flags instil pride in citizens every time they are raised. But nowadays more countries are using them for another purpose: to claim 'new' territory.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Warming's cold comfort

Nearly all the stories we hear about climate change are negative. They describe how changes to the earth's weather will hurt both the animals and humans that inhabit the planet. But there are also some climate change winners.

1 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Sailing through ice

Silent Sound sailed through a lot of ice this summer, but not nearly as much as there once was covering the Arctic seas, and not as much as the animals of the Arctic need to survive.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

All set for epic voyage

A small crew of sailors will navigate a boat through the Canadian Arctic, where icebergs and polar bears still rule the land. I am the captain of the Silent Sound, and I will be telling you stories about the expedition - which starts on Saturday - through the summer.

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Places to chill out

The harsh, cold but gripping beauty of the Arctic is shared by seven nations with a common thread in customs, food, people and landscapes: Canada, Finland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the United States. The Arctic is not a desolate wasteland but a beautiful and powerful place, alive with wildlife, striking landscapes and Eskimo culture.

26 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Alaska's real men just don't cut it

ALASKA is abundant in many things - space, trees, mountains, snow, moose, rare birds and military installations.

There is, however, one important natural resource in which America's 49th state is severely lacking: single women.

16 Aug 1998 - 12:00am