Arctic

The World’s Smallest Bike Share Can Be Found In This Tiny Village North Of The Arctic Circle

Visit Skrova, Norway, and ride around on any of its 12 shared bikes! The tiny, remote fishing village of Skrova, Norway, on an island north of the Arctic Circle, is home to fewer than 200 people. It also now has the smallest bike-sharing system in...

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Conflicting Consequences Of Climate Change For Arctic Nesting Geese

Life over the last half-century has been pretty good for populations of Svalbard barnacle geese. A hunting ban implemented in the 1950s in their overwintering area in Scotland has led to explosive population growth, from roughly 2800 birds in 1960...

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‘no More Mr Ice Guy’: Iceland’s Prime Minister To Miss Out On Mike Pence’s Visit

While in Iceland, Pence is expected to address the country’s strategic position in the Arctic and NATO’s anti-Russia efforts. This agenda has drawn criticism from lawmakers defending Iceland’s traditional neutrality, but the nation’s top...
Related topics: Iceland, Nato, Russia

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Greenland Row Is Donald Trump Positioning For An Arctic Battle: Expert

The diplomatic row that has erupted between Washington and Copenhagen over Greenland is just one part of a broader strategic battle being waged over control of the Arctic, according to one expert. US President Donald Trump has cancelled a trip to...
Related topics: Donald Trump, Denmark, Copenhagen

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How Arctic Fires Are Impacting Earth's Atmosphere

More than two million acres of forest have burned in Alaska this year. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with climate change researcher Nancy Fresco about the impact these fires have on the Earth's atmosphere.

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These Tiny Magnetic Springs Melt Microplastics Into Nothing

A new technological solution to our plastics problem comes in an odd shape. Microplastics—tiny fragments of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters across—are so ubiquitous that plastic is now found in drinking water, Arctic snow, and the...

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A Former Slur Is Reclaimed, And Listeners Have Mixed Feelings

When is it okay for NPR to use the word "queer"?(Image credit: Arctic-Images/Getty Images)

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Putting A Positive Spin On Oil Exploration In The Arctic Refuge

The Trump administration pressed scientists for quick findings, dismissed bad news and revised a report in its push for lease sales, records show.

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The Northernmost Reaches Of The Earth Are On Fire. Here's What This Record-breaking Hot Summer...

July was the hottest month ever on record. This summer, vast areas of the Arctic were engulfed in flames. Satellite images showed plumes of smoke engulfing parts of Russia, Greenland, and Alaska. These wildfires can be linked to the warmer...
Related topics: Space, Satellites

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Before Trump Eyed Greenland: Here’s What Happened Last Time The U.s. Bought A Large Chunk Of The...

William L. Iggiagruk Hensley Security, Americas Most of Greenland is covered by Arctic ice. Editor’s note: Reports that President Donald Trump has urged aides to look into buying Greenland make us think of the last time the United States...
Related topics: Donald Trump

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2:00pm Water Cooler 8/19/2019

Today's Water Cooler: Polling, Buttigieg, Harris, O'Rourke, Sanders, Warren, 2018 and 2020 post mortems, evangelicals, e-commerce, ethanol, AI in China, robot trucks, bees and regenerative farming, Arctic wildfires, California regulators, Harlan...
Related topics: China

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Before Trump Eyed Greenland: Here’s What Happened Last Time The Us Bought A Large Chunk Of The...

Editor’s note: Reports that President Donald Trump has urged aides to look into buying Greenland make us think of the last time the United States bought a major territory in the Arctic: the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. Two years ago, we...
Related topics: Donald Trump, Russia

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Radioactive Tragedy: Russia's New Cruise Missile Would Be A Terror On The Battlefield

Sebastien Roblin Technology, Europe But a recent accident shows that such a weapon could literally blow-up in Moscow's face. At nine in the morning on August 8, 2019, an explosion resonated across the cold waters of the arctic White Sea. A missile...
Related topics: Russia, Moscow

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Arctic Sea Ice Littered With Substantial Amounts Of Microplastics

Great amounts of plastic fragments and fibers were found in ice floes in the Fram Strait, the passage between Greenland and the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

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Airborne Plastic Is Blowing All The Way To The Arctic

Tiny plastic particles have turned up in samples of Arctic snow, pointing to their ubiquity in the environment -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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July 2019 Was Hottest Month On Record For The Planet

Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.
Related topics: Space, Antarctic

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Airborne Plastic Is Blowing All The Way To The Arctic

Tiny plastic particles have turned up in samples of Arctic snow, pointing to their ubiquity in the environment -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Huge Wildfires In The Arctic And Far North Send A Planetary Warning

This article is republished from The Conversation. The planet’s far North is burning. This summer, over 600 wildfires have consumed more than 2.4 million acres of forest across Alaska. Fires are also raging in northern Canada. In Siberia, choking...
Related topics: Space, Siberia

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When The Soviet Union Freed The Arctic From Capitalist Slavery

Bathsheba Demuth writes about how the Soviet Union destroyed the economic system and survival practices of the nomadic Chukchi reindeer herders.

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Researchers Find That Arctic Ice Is Filled With Microplastic

If more evidence was needed that we desperately have to curb our dependence on plastic, ASAP, researches have found large amounts of microplastic frozen deep in Arctic ice floes.Read more...

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