Rowers cut short record-breaking Arctic mission

NEW YORK • An international team of rowers has ended a record-breaking expedition through the Arctic Ocean after becoming stranded on a remote Norwegian island partway through their 11/2-month journey.

They had set out to break several world records while using the mission to raise money for a school in the Himalayas.

They achieved 11 of 12 expected world records - related to distance travelled and location in the Arctic - before having to call off their mission on Monday.

Now, it could be at least another week before the crew of six adventurers, whose expedition was called the Polar Row, is evacuated from the island where they sought refuge on Aug 19. The rowers - from Britain, Iceland, India, Norway and the United States - took to sea from the northern coast of Norway on July 20 and headed north to an island on the Svalbard archipelago.

Summer expeditions press Arctic research

By Kirk Moore

This summer’s research cruises to the Arctic and Northwest Passage marked new milestones for the Coast Guard, amid growing interest in the region’s maritime potential and momentum building for a new U.S. icebreaker fleet.

The 420’ medium icebreaker Healy’s annual summer science voyage to the North Pole was notable for the first Coast Guard dive team to operate under the ice in 11 years. The exercise was the first since a 2006 accident cost two divers their lives, and led to widespread review and reform on Coast Guard dive procedures.

Romantic notions about the Arctic must include Indigenous right

The Arctic is many things to many people. In Canada, this malleability has made the region an incredibly valuable vehicle for nation-building and identity construction.

As a Newfoundland-born international politics scholar and author who researches Canada’s relationship with the Arctic, I believe that very pliability of the Arctic is an important feature of Canadian society, one that’s been cultivated for decades. The Arctic has intrigued many of us for myriad reasons since Confederation. 

Canada’s most famous painters, the Group of Seven, focused extensively on the Canadian North in their work and Lawren Harris, in particular, immortalized the imagery of a vast frozen landscape devoid of life into the national psyche and brand.

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes

By Frank Jordans


LANCASTER SOUND, Nunavut (AP) — From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren — a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer.

Yet beneath the forbidding surface of the world's fifth largest island lies an exceptionally pure strain of iron ore, and the Baffinland mine is believed to hold enough of it to feed smelters for decades.

As climate change pushes the ice a little farther north each year, it is spurring talk of a gold rush in the remote Arctic for abundant natural resources, prized shipping routes and business opportunities in tourism and fishing. The Arctic, including the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, is among the last regions on earth to remain largely unexplored. In April, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reverse Obama-era restrictions on oil drilling.

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

By Patrick Barkham

Climate change has thawed Arctic enough for $300m gas tanker to travel at record speed through northern sea route

A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic.

The prediction system for 'doomsday' solar flares: World's most advanced radar will take astonishingly precise measurements of space weather by 2021

  • EISCAT_3D radar is being built at three sites in northern Scandinavia
  • The radar will be used to probe the upper atmosphere and near-Earth space
  • It will be 10 times faster and 10 times more precise than current radars
  • Findings will help scientists to understand the effects of space weather storms on technology, society and the environment