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February 28, Arctic Environment During an Ancient Bout of Natural Global Warming
Scientists are unravelling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming. Newly published results from a high-resolution study of sediments collected on Spitsbergen represent a significant contribution to this endeavour.
February 28, Rare, Unique Seeds Arrive at Svalbard Vault, as Crises Threaten World Crop Collections
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV) celebrated its third anniversary February 24 with the arrival of seeds for rare lima beans, blight-resistant cantaloupe, and progenitors of antioxidant-rich red tomatoes from Peru and the Galapagos Islands. The arrival of these collections, including many drought- and flood-resistant varieties, comes at a time when natural and human-made risks to agriculture have reinforced the critical need to secure all the world's food crop varieties.
February 25, Launching Balloons in Antarctica
They nicknamed it the "Little Balloon That Could." Launched in December of 2010 from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, the research balloon was a test run and it bobbed lower every day like it had some kind of leak. But every day for five days it rose back up in the sky to some 112,000 feet in the air.
February 25, Environmental contaminants in arctic animals
Early this year, Lisa B. Helgason, University in Tromso and the Norwegian Polar Institute, showed in her Ph.d. thesis that arctic animals contain higher levels of halogenated organic contaminants in sensitive organs during periods of emaciation and that seasonal variations effect animals ability to break down those pollutants.
During her work, Lisa B. Helgason analysed trends of organochlorines and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in eggs of different sea birds, collected in the years 1983, 1993 and 2003 in Svalbard. Results show that levels of organochlorines decreased during this time period, whereas the concentration of PBDE in the sampled eggs increased.
February 24, 'Climategate' Undermined Belief in Global Warming Among Many TV Meteorologists, Study Shows
A new paper by George Mason University researchers shows that 'Climategate' -- the unauthorized release in late 2009 of stolen e-mails between climate scientists in the U.S. and United Kingdom -- undermined belief in global warming and possibly also trust in climate scientists among TV meteorologists in the United States, at least temporarily.
February 24, Factors influencing Red List species on Svalbard
As part of a book about environmental conditions and impacts for Red List species in Norway, published by the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (Artsdatabanken), the chapter about Svalbard has now been translated to English.
February 22, Satellite to Examine How Sun's Brightness Impacts Climate Change
A $28 million University of Colorado Boulder instrument developed to study changes in the sun's brightness and its impact on Earth's climate is one of two primary payloads on NASA's Glory mission set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb. 23.
February 22, 6,000-Year Climate Record Suggests Longer Droughts, Drier Climate for Pacific Northwest
University of Pittsburgh-led researchers extracted a 6,000-year climate record from a Washington lake that shows that the famously rain-soaked American Pacific Northwest could not only be in for longer dry seasons, but also is unlikely to see a period as wet as the 20th century any time soon.
February 21, Russia may tweak Arctic park border for oil firms: WWF
Russia's Natural Resources Ministry wants to set an Arctic nature reserve's borders in a way that environmentalists say will subvert existing boundaries to accommodate the oil drilling plans of BP and Rosneft.
Last month BP -- seeking to recover from the impact of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill -- and Russia's state-run major Rosneft said they would drill for oil in three huge offshore blocks in the Arctic Kara Sea.
Two of these blocks, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) map, encroach on waters that are part of a protected national park and are home to polar bears and whales.
February 21, Climate Projections Show Human Health Impacts Possible Within 30 Years: Potential Increases in Waterborne Toxins and Microbes
A panel of scientists speaking Feb. 19 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled new research and models demonstrating how climate change could increase exposure and risk of human illness originating from ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems, with some studies projecting impacts to be felt within 30 years.
February 18, Thawing Permafrost Likely Will Accelerate Global Warming, Study Finds
Up to two-thirds of Earth's permafrost likely will disappear by 2200 as a result of warming temperatures, unleashing vast quantities of carbon into the atmosphere, says a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.
February 18, Do you want to shape the future of research in Svalbard?
The Research Council of Norway is currently looking for three research advisers to work at the Svalbard Science Forum (SSF) in Longyearbyen.
February 17, New Way to Estimate Global Rainfall and Track Ocean Pollution
A study by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science suggests a new way to estimate how much of the ocean's pollution is falling from the sky. The new findings can help improve scientific understanding of how toxic airborne chemicals, from the burning of fossil fuels and industrial power plants emissions, are impacting the oceans globally.
February 17, Ozone Layer’s Future Linked Strongly to Changes in Climate, Study Finds
The ozone layer -- the thin atmospheric band high-up in the stratosphere that protects living things on Earth from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, not to be confused with damaging ozone pollution close to the ground -- faces potential new challenges even as it continues its recovery from earlier damage, according to a recently released international science assessment. The report, prepared by the Scientific Assessment Panel of the U.N. Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, also presents stronger evidence that links changes in stratospheric ozone and Earth's climate.
February 16, Russia to help Belarus establish polar station in Antarctica
Belarus, with Russia’s assistance, will begin setting up its own polar station in Antarctica. The arrangement in principle about that was reached when Artur Chilingarov, the special envoy of the Russian president for international Arctic and Antarctica cooperation, and Vladimir Tsalko, the Belarusian minister of natural resources and environment, met on Monday.
“The interest lies in Belarus, with certain experience of work in polar zones, having a station of its own in Antarctica. We have actually agreed on that. Russia will assist Belarus in that in every way,” Chilingarov told reporters after the talks with the Belarusian minister.
February 16, Worldwide Sulfur Emissions Rose Between 2000-2005, After Decade of Decline
A new analysis of sulfur emissions appearing in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics shows that after declining for a decade, worldwide emissions rose again in 2000 due largely to international shipping and a growing Chinese economy. An accurate read on sulfur emissions will help researchers predict future changes in climate and determine present day effects on the atmosphere, health and the environment.
February 15,Medieval Baltic Sea Severely Affected by Oxygen Depletion
Go back a thousand years, and you would find the sea surface temperature of the Baltic Sea slightly warmer and the oxygen depletion much wider spread than it is today.
These are some of the preliminary findings of the international INFLOW research project within BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme. The Academy of Finland is the Finnish funding agency participating in BONUS.
February 15, Researchers Map out Ice Sheets Shrinking During Ice Age
A set of maps have illustrated, for the first time, how the last British ice sheet shrunk during the Ice Age. Experts developed the maps to understand what effect the current shrinking of ice sheets in parts of the Antarctic and Greenland will have on the speed of sea level rise.
February 14, Murmansk goes for third Arctic Eco-Forum
“Murmansk – the strategic capital of the Arctic” is the headline this autumn.
The dates are set for the third international economical forum, September 30 to October 2.
The conference focuses on the economical development in Arctic Russia. Especially exploration of offshore petroleum resources.
February 14, Measuring Science Investments
Measuring the results of scientific research has seen little federal focus in the U.S. until now.
A 2010 administrative memorandum calls on U.S. federal agencies and executive departments to develop tools to "better assess the impact of [...] science and technology investments."
February 11, Finland to expand cooperation with Russia in extreme north
Finland intends to expand cooperation with Russia in the extreme north, specifically, in the use of the Arctic Route, as the importance of Arctic territories increases, Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb told the “Finnish-Russian Arctic Partnership” seminar at the Russian Geographic Society in St Petersburg on Wednesday.
February 10, Russia to build research center on Svalbard
Russia plans to build a research center for monitoring of the environment in the Arctic on the archipelago of Svalbard.
The plan is to modernize already existing buildings and have the new research center up and running by 2013.
February 10, Report about climate change in the Norwegian Arctic now available in English
In its report, NorACIA gathers available knowledge about climate change in northern Norway, Svalbard and the surrounding oceans, in order to form a basis for further studies to improve current understanding of the interconnections and effects within the Arctic Climate System.
NorACIA (Norwegian Arctic Climate Impact Assessment) is an initiative taken by the Norwegian government as a follow-up to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA). The initiative has previously issued five sub-reports dealing with climate development in northern Norway and Svalbard during 1900-2100, physical and biogeochemical processes, effects on ecosystems and biodiversity, effects on people and society and adaptation and mitigation.
February 9, Russia, Finland to discuss Arctic cooperation Wed
Russia and Finland will discuss Arctic cooperation at a seminar in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. "The Arctic has been attracting more attention from the international community in recent years," the Russian Geographical Society said in a statement.
February 9, Russian expedition seeks to unlock Arctic mystery
Two amphibious all-terrain vehicles will set on an expedition around the world on February 17 via remote Arctic regions in Europe, Asia and North America. It is hoped that the Russian expedition, Polar Ring, will solve the mystery of Sigizmund Levanevsky’s ill-fated Arctic flight.
February 8,Ratification on Tuesday
Stortinget, the Norwegian Parliament, will ratify the agreement with Russian on delimitation of the Barents Sea and Arctic Oceans.
The border deal with Norway is still not scheduled for ratification in the Russian State Duma.
February 8, Russia poised to breach mysterious Antarctic lake
For 15 million years, an icebound lake has remained sealed deep beneath Antarctica's frozen crust, possibly hiding prehistoric or unknown life. Now Russian scientists are on the brink of piercing through to its secrets.
"There's only a bit left to go," Alexei Turkeyev, chief of the Russian polar Vostok Station, told Reuters by satellite phone. His team has drilled for weeks in a race to reach the lake, 3,750 meters (12,000 ft) beneath the polar ice cap, before the end of the brief Antarctic summer.
February 7, Researchers warn Arctic fishing under-reported
The amount of fish caught in the Arctic has been dramatically under-reported for decades, making the northern ocean environment appear far more pristine than it really is, according to a new study.
An estimated 950,000 tonnes of fish were caught in Russian, Canadian and U.S. Arctic waters between 1950 and 2006, which is 75 times higher than reported by the United Nation's agency that records catch levels, according to Canadian researchers.
February 7, Arctic sees higher temperatures, less ice
Until recently, Arctic air was just flowing south, and warm air was headed north.
Dense cold air usually causes a circular wind pattern called a polar vortex that helps keep cold air trapped near the Arctic, the NSIDC says.
But this pattern didn’t develop this year because the Arctic Ocean was sending warmth into the atmosphere.
February 4, Arctic Oscillation brings record low January extent, unusual mid-latitude weather
Arctic sea ice extent for January 2011 was the lowest in the satellite record for that month. The Arctic oscillation persisted in its strong negative phase for most of the month, keeping ice extent low.
Air temperatures over much of the Arctic were 2 to 6 degrees Celsius (4 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal in January. Over the eastern Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Baffin Bay/Davis Strait and Labrador Sea, temperatures were at least 6 degrees Celsius (11 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than average.
February 4, CryoSat ice data now open to all
Scientists can now tap into a flow of new data that will help to determine exactly how Earth's ice is changing. This information from ESA's CryoSat mission is set to make a step change in our understanding of the complex relationship between ice and climate. Considering the loss of the original CryoSat satellite during launch in 2005, scientists around the world have had a long wait for information on ice thickness – making the release even more of a milestone for the mission.
February 3, Leaking Arctic Ice Raises a Tricky Climate Issue
The scientist shuffles across the frozen lake, scuffing aside ankle-deep snow until he finds a cluster of bubbles trapped under the ice. With a cigarette lighter in one hand and a knife in the other, he lances the ice like a blister. Methane whooshes out and bursts into a thin blue flame.
February 3, Underwater Ridges Impact Ocean's Flow of Warm Water; Findings to Improve Climate Models
New discoveries on how underwater ridges impact the ocean's circulation system will help improve climate projections.
An underwater ridge can trap the flow of cold, dense water at the bottom of the ocean. Without the ridge, deepwater can flow freely and speed up the ocean circulation pattern, which generally increases the flow of warm surface water.
February 2, Mercury Mysteries in the Arctic
More mercury is deposited in the Arctic than anywhere else on the planet. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) think that one explanation for this may lie in the meteorological conditions in the Arctic spring and summer. The concentration of mercury in humans and animals that live in polar regions is on the increase. Polar bears and humans that eat marine mammals are the most affected.
February 2, Cluster Encounters 'Natural Particle Accelerator' Above Earth's Atmosphere: How Northern and Southern Lights Are Generated
The European Space Agency's Cluster satellites have flown through a natural particle accelerator just above Earth's atmosphere. The data they collected are unlocking how most of the dramatic displays of the northern and southern lights are generated. Two of Cluster's four satellites found themselves in a natural particle accelerator above the northern hemisphere on 5 June 2009. The first to cross was satellite C3 at an altitude of 6400 km, followed five minutes later by C1 at 9000 km.
February 1, Polar Bear Specialist Group publishes proceedings from latest meeting
The 15th working meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) was convened in Copenhagen in 2009. The proceedings contain an overview of ongoing research and management activities on polar bears in the Arctic since 2005.
February 1,Surf's Up: New Research Provides Precise Way to Monitor Ocean Wave Behavior, Shore Impacts
Engineers have created a new type of "stereo vision" to use in studying ocean waves as they pound against the shore, providing a better way to understand and monitor this violent, ever-changing environment.
January 31, A Clearer Picture of How Rivers and Deltas Develop
By adding information about the subsoil to an existing sedimentation and erosion model, researchers at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands) have obtained a clearer picture of how rivers and deltas develop over time. A better understanding of the interaction between the subsoil and flow processes in a river-delta system can play a key role in civil engineering (delta management), but also in geology (especially in the work of reservoir geologists).
January 31, Warmest in 2,000 years
Polar bears walk into the future on thin ice. It has never in living memory been as hot in Arctic Oceans as it is now, a new study concludes.
Arctic is responding more rapidly to global warming than most other areas on our planet.
- There is no obvious natural reason that can explain this temperature increase, says Morten Hald, Professor at the University of Tromso and author of the research article published in today’s edition of the journal Science.
January 28, International Polar Field School
The IPY Field School 2011 will take place June 20-July 8, 2011.
Online application opens 15. February 2011. Application deadline: 1. April 2011.
To give an interdisciplinary introduction to environmental change in the Polar areas based upon past, present and future research being done in the Arctic during and after the IPY. The course will offer a unique field-training experience for internationally recruited students (undergraduate/early graduate) in a high-arctic environment, further on providing them with the latest IPY research data and information to be used for interdisciplinary project work during the field-school.
January 28, UNIS Course Catalogue 2010-2011
Full semester studies are available at the undergraduate level (200-level). At the graduate level (300-level) UNIS offers shorter and more intensive courses spanning from a few weeks up to a semester.
January 27, New research report on global perceptions of Arctic security
The Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs in cooperation with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation released on tuesday public opinion research report on global perceptions of Arctic security titled: Rethinking the Top of the World: Arctic Security Public Opinion Survey.
The research concentrated on finding out how publics from the eight member states of the Arctic Council understand and frame Arctic issues and how they comprehend the issue of Arctic security. The research found out that the concept of Arctic security is no longer understood in terms of traditional definition of security, namely guarding against international threats, but is rather comprehended in terms of environmental protection and healthy, educated population.
January 27, Artic Frontiers opens in Norway’s Tromso

The 5th Annual Arctic Frontiers Conference opens in Norway’s Tromso, north of the Arctic Circle, on Monday.
The event is timed to coincide with the 300th anniversary of Russia’s famous author and scientist Mikhail Lomonosov and the 150th anniversary of Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen.

January 26, Mapping Terra Incognita
Last summer, scientists working on the project "The invertebrate fauna of Edgeoya: Mapping Terra Incognita" successfully commenced field work on the island. They aim to improve knowledge about the ecology of invertebrates in the Eastern areas of Svalbard.
The invertebrate fauna of Svalbard is only poorly understood. Most of the invertebrate records arise from western locations close to Longyearbyen, Ny-Alesund and Hornsund, whereas studies of the invertebrate fauna in Eastern areas of the archipelago are extremely rare. In particular, there have been no published records of the invertebrate fauna of Edgeoya.
January 26, First-Ever Global Map of Surface Permeability Informs Water Supply, Climate Modelling
University of British Columbia researchers have produced the first map of the world outlining the ease of fluid flow through the planet's porous surface rocks and sediments.
The maps and data, published January 21 in Geophysical Research Letters, could help improve water resource management and climate modelling, and eventually lead to new insights into a range of geological processes.
January 25, European Parliament's Report on a Sustainable EU policy for the High North
The European Parliament newly adopted a Report on Sustainable EU Policy for the High North - The Gahler report. The report is the Parliaments response to the accelerating activities in the Arctic and demonstrates the European Unions increased interest in the region. The Report emphasizes the European Unions role in the Arctic through its Arctic member states; Denmark, Sweden and Finland, but also recognizes the ongoing work in several other partnerships through the EU Northern Dimension, a common policy of the EU with Russia, Norway and Iceland, all of which are Arctic Council member states.
January 25, Time Machine for Climate Scientists: Earth's Extreme Weather Events Since 1871 Reanalyzed
From the hurricane that smashed into New York in 1938 to the impact of the Krakatoa eruption of 1883, the late 19th and 20th centuries are rich with examples of extreme weather. Now an international team of climatologists have created a comprehensive reanalysis of all global weather events from 1871 to the present day, and from the earth's surface to the jet stream level.
January 24, New Melt Record for Greenland Ice Sheet; 'Exceptional' Season Stretched Up to 50 Days Longer Than Average
New research shows that 2010 set new records for the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet, expected to be a major contributor to projected sea level rises in coming decades.
January 24, New climate data shows warming world: WMO
Last year tied for the hottest year on record, confirming a long-term warming trend which will continue unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The first 10 years of the millennium proved to be the hottest decade since records began in the 19th century, it said.
"The main signal is that the warming trend continues and is being strengthened year after year," WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told a news conference.
January 21, NASA Prepares to Launch Next Earth-Observing Satellite Mission
NASA's newest Earth-observing research mission is nearing launch. The Glory mission will improve our understanding of how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate. Glory also will extend a legacy of long-term solar measurements needed to address key uncertainties about climate change.
January 21, Diminishing Arctic Albedo Has Larger than Expected Impact on World Climate
As the ice and snow cover in the Arctic retreats, it reflects significantly less sunlight back into space. And it is reflecting significantly less sunlight than scientists previously estimated, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience. The newly exposed darker ocean and land surface have absorbed more heat, which creates a positive feedback loop, leading to more warming.
January 20,Global warming: Impact of receding snow and ice surprises scientists
The seasonal cooling effect of light-reflecting snow and ice in the Northern Hemisphere may be weakening at twice the rate predicted by climate models, a new study shows, accelerating the impact of global warming.
January 20, The recovery of an ichthyosaur from Edgeoya
During field work in the Triassic of Edgeoya in 2007, geologists from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, with aid from SINTEF Petroleum Research and Polish scientists, discovered a well preserved fossil ichthyosaur. Here, you can read a report about the further work with this specimen.
Fragments of ichthyosaur skeletons have been found in different parts of Svalbard, but the Edgeoya specimen is of special scientific value as both the skull and other skeletal parts are present. Paleontologist Hans Arne Nakrem from the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo (NHM) was invited to take part in the project and help to collect the fossil during subsequent field work in august 2008.
January 19, 2010 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Research Finds
Global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record, according to an analysis released Jan. 12, 2011 by researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.
January 19, Loss of Reflectivity in the Arctic Doubles Estimate of Climate Models
A new analysis of the Northern Hemisphere's "albedo feedback" over a 30-year period concludes that the region's loss of reflectivity due to snow and sea ice decline is more than double what state-of-the-art climate models estimate.
January 18, New maps published
The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) has just published a new version of a map series covering Svalbard in the scale 1:250 000 (S250).
The map format has been halved and the new series now consists of 5 instead of 3 maps. Additionally, updated maps in the scale 1:100 000 covering the areas Krossfjorden (A6) and Hopen (G14) have been produced.
January 18, 2010 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Research Finds
Global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record, according to an analysis released Jan. 12, 2011 by researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.
January 17, New boat available for transportation on Svalbard
From summer 2011, Spitsbergen Sailing AS will rent out their Yacht "Aleiga" for transportation purposes or research cruises.
The sailing boat has 8 beds and can host groups of up to 7 passengers. With a strong hull of aluminium, a center-board and rodder that can be pullled up and a resulting draft of only 1 meter, the yacht can reach a wide range of landing sites.
January 17, Graduate courses in marine biology spring 2011
UNIS offers two graduate/Ph.D. courses in marine biology this spring. The “Biotelemetric Methods” and the “Ecosystems in Ice Covered Waters” are open for applications. Application deadline: February 15, 2011.
Two graduate/Ph.D.-courses (10 ECTS) in Arctic marine biology will be offered this spring. Both courses have field work elements in addition to lectures.
January 14, The Czech field season 2010 in Petuniabukta, Billefjord
SSF has received a field report for 2010 from the Czech research team working in Petuniabukta. The scientist have been working with biological and climatological research in the region for several years.
Research was conducted under the auspices of the project “Biological and climate diversity of the central part of the Svalbard Arctic archipelago” - the Czech contribution to the Network for ARCtic Climate and Biological DIVersity Studies (ARCDIV), an international multidisciplinary IPY initiative.
January 14, Migration of Svalbard rock ptarmigan mapped for the first time
The Svalbard rock ptarmigan is an endemic subspecies on Svalbard and little has been known about its biology. Now, a pilot study undertaken by the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) and financed by the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund, sheds light on the seasonal migration of these birds within Svalbard.
January 13, Mountain Glacier Melt to Contribute 12 Centimeters to World Sea-Level Increases by 2100
Melt off from small mountain glaciers and ice caps will contribute about 12 centimetres to world sea-level increases by 2100, according to UBC research published this week in Nature Geoscience.
January 13, "Fjord Systems and Archives" newly published
The book contains more than 20 papers about the physics, biology and, in particular, about geological processes and palaeo-environments in fjords. Nine of these papers are dealing with fjords on Svalbard.
A new book in the series of the "Geological Society Special Publication" called "Fjord Systems and Archives" has been recently published.
This book contains more than 20 papers about the physics, biology and, in particular, about geological processes and palaeo-environments in fjords. Nine of the papers in the book mentioned are dealing with fjords on Svalbard.
January 13, New regulations regarding control of travellers between Svalbard and the mainland
As of 1 February 2011, the identity of all travellers between Svalbard and the Norwegian mainland will be checked both upon arrival and departure.
Until now, the Immigration Regulations have only permitted identity verification of foreign nationals upon entry from Svalbard. Pursuant to the Schengen Regulations, the identity of all travellers crossing any Schengen external border must be checked.
January 12, Gold strike on Svalbard
Store Norske Gull started drilling this summer in the St. Johnsfjord on the western coast of the island Spitsbergen, after successful geological surveys in 2209. Analysis made in Canada and Sweden show that there is gold in the area, but it is too early to say if the deposits are big enough to be profitable.
January 12, Large uncertainty about petroleum in delimitation line area
- Worst case scenario is no resources in the area, says Professor Jan Inge Faleide at the Institute of Geology at the University of Oslo.
Interviewed by the Oslo University’s research magazine Apollon, Jan Inge Faleide says his research group has studied how the last Ice Age has influenced on the sediments of the area of the Barents Sea where Norway and Russia now have agreed on the border delimitation.
January 12, Climate Change to Continue to Year 3000 in Best Case Scenarios, Research Predicts
New research indicates the impact of rising CO2 levels in Earth's atmosphere will cause unstoppable effects to the climate for at least the next 1000 years, causing researchers to estimate a collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet by the year 3000, and an eventual rise in the global sea level of at least four metres.
January 11, Finland to assist Russia on Arctic tourism
A delegation from Russia’s Arctic Yamal Peninsula is in Finland this week to discuss the plans for active tourism cooperation.
The plan is to create an Arctic tourism centre in the city of Salekhard, the capital of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region.
January 11, Earth Is Twice as Dusty as in 19th Century, Research Shows
If the house seems dustier than it used to be, it may not be a reflection on your housekeeping skills. The amount of dust in the Earth's atmosphere has doubled over the last century, according to a new study; and the dramatic increase is influencing climate and ecology around the world.
January 11, 'Hot-Bunking' Bacterium Recycles Iron to Boost Ocean Metabolism
In the vast ocean where an essential nutrient -- iron -- is scarce, a marine bacterium that launches the ocean food web survives by using a remarkable biochemical trick: It recycles iron.