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Earth sees hottest year-to-date in modern era: US

The first 10 months of this year have been the hottest in modern times, while last month was the third warmest October over since 1880.

Earth sees hottest year-to-date in modern era: US
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Inuit village sues to block oil surveys in Canada's Arctic

A small Inuit village in the Canadian Arctic sued to block offshore exploration for oil, involving noisy air-cannon surveys it says threaten marine wildlife.

Inuit village sues to block oil surveys in Canada's Arctic
The head office of Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. ©Reuters/Stringer
Japan shipping giant plans first regular Arctic route

Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced plans for the world's first regular commercial shipping route through the Arctic Ocean, starting in 2018, in an attempt to reduce sailing times.

Japan shipping giant plans first regular Arctic route
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Norway removes Greenpeace ship from contested Arctic drill site

Norwegian coastguards on Friday removed a Greenpeace ship from a controversial Arctic drilling site where it was trying to prevent oil explorations, the environmentalist group said.

Norway removes Greenpeace ship from contested Arctic drill site
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Pint-sized tyrannosaur was king of the Arctic

A pint-sized tyrannosaur braved the frigid Arctic and feasted on fellow dinosaurs 70 million years ago, according to a report Wednesday on a new species identified from fossilized skull bones in Alaska.

Pint-sized tyrannosaur was king of the Arctic
Beluga whales. ©Reuters/David Gray
Kitty litter parasite infects Arctic beluga whales

A parasite that is found in cats and can cause brain disease, blindness and miscarriage in people has been found for the first time in Arctic beluga whales.

Kitty litter parasite infects Arctic beluga whales
Sub-zero arctic blast strikes US
Sub-zero arctic blast strikes US

Millions of people across the United States on Monday made last minute preparations for an unusually bitter Arctic blast that could send temperatures plummeting to their coldest in 20 years.

Sub-zero arctic blast strikes US
Final amnestied foreign Greenpeace activist leaves Russia
Final amnestied foreign Greenpeace activist leaves Russia

The last of the 26 foreign Greenpeace activists who were detained after an Arctic protest flew out of Russia on Sunday, the group announced, finally ending a saga that had caused global concern.

Final amnestied foreign Greenpeace activist leaves Russia
Arctic protester vows to fight on after Russian case closed
Arctic protester vows to fight on after Russian case closed

A British Greenpeace protester Tuesday said he was "jubilant" after Russia closed the criminal case against him for staging a protest on an oil rig, and vowed to keep fighting for environmental issues.

Arctic protester vows to fight on after Russian case closed
Canada vows to defend Santa Claus
Canada vows to defend Santa Claus

Canada vowed Tuesday to defend the North Pole and Santa Claus, insisting the mythical figure is a citizen, after Russia ordered its military to step up its Arctic presence.

Canada vows to defend Santa Claus
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Race for Arctic resources must be conflict-free: Pentagon

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday the United States will assert its sovereignty in the rapidly thawing Arctic but called on countries to work together to avoid conflict over the untapped frontier.

Race for Arctic resources must be conflict-free: Pentagon
US singer, Madonna. ©Reuters/Remo Casilli
Madonna calls for release of Greenpeace activists

Pop legend Madonna has joined a chorus of international stars in urging the release of 30 Greenpeace crewmembers jailed after a protest against energy prospecting in the Arctic.

Madonna calls for release of Greenpeace activists
Greenpeace activist hangs off Eiffel Tower in protest against Russia
Greenpeace activist hangs off Eiffel Tower in protest against Russia

A Greenpeace activist Saturday staged a protest in a tent suspended from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower against Russia's detention of 30 members of the environmental lobby group.

Greenpeace activist hangs off Eiffel Tower in protest against Russia
Greenpeace boss admits surprise at harsh Russian response
Greenpeace boss admits surprise at harsh Russian response

Despite its expertise at risky protests, Greenpeace's head admitted he was "extremely surprised" by Russia's response in the Arctic and never imagined activists would face piracy charges and years in jail.

Greenpeace boss admits surprise at harsh Russian response
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Greenpeace activists scale oil rig in Russian Arctic

Two activists from Greenpeace were on Wednesday scaling an oil platform owned by state energy giant Gazprom in the Russian Arctic in a bid to stop it drilling for oil in a hugely sensitive area.

Greenpeace activists scale oil rig in Russian Arctic
Greenpeace protests Shell Arctic drilling at Belgian GP
Greenpeace protests Shell Arctic drilling at Belgian GP

Greenpeace activists paraglided to the top of the main stand of the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to protest against drilling in the Arctic by the race's main sponsor, the Shell oil giant.

Greenpeace protests Shell Arctic drilling at Belgian GP
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Gazprom abandons arctic gas project for now

Russia's energy giant Gazprom said on Thursday it was giving up development of the Shtokman natural gas field under the arctic Barents Sea until new technology made the project viable.

Gazprom abandons arctic gas project for now
Pleas for US to name first ambassador to Arctic
Pleas for US to name first ambassador to Arctic

Top US diplomat John Kerry said he would mull ways to deepen US engagement in the Arctic amid pleas from lawmakers to name America's first ambassador to the resource-rich region.

Pleas for US to name first ambassador to Arctic
Activists plant North Pole flag to fight oil drilling
Activists plant North Pole flag to fight oil drilling

Activists have planted a flag at the North Pole along with millions of signatures calling for the Arctic to be declared a global sanctuary protected from oil drilling.

Activists plant North Pole flag to fight oil drilling
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Arctic 'greening' seen through global warming

Land within the Arctic circle is likely to experience explosive "greening" in the next few decades as grass, shrubs and trees thrive in soil stripped of ice and permafrost by global warming, a study said on Sunday.

Arctic 'greening' seen through global warming

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