Arctic http://kplu.org en UW Launches Minor In Arctic Studies http://kplu.org/post/uw-launches-minor-arctic-studies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Curiosity about what’s happening in some of the coldest places on Earth has prompted the University of Washington to launch its first Arctic Studies minor.</span></p><p>The program is the first of its kind offered by a university in the lower 48.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 14575 at http://kplu.org UW Launches Minor In Arctic Studies Mounting Consequences as Arctic Sea Ice Melts http://kplu.org/post/mounting-consequences-arctic-sea-ice-melts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arctic sea ice is melting at record rates, and the loss of that ice could drive significant degradation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, according to a researcher at the University of Washington. The researcher, Cecilia Bitz, is part of an international team of scientists whose findings are published this week in the journal, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6145/519.full" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Science</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:41:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9497 at http://kplu.org Mounting Consequences as Arctic Sea Ice Melts Promise of the Arctic conference points to opportunities and risks http://kplu.org/post/promise-arctic-conference-points-opportunities-and-risks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arctic is getting hotter faster than any part of the globe. Experts predict the region will be free of sea ice during the summer within about 20 years.&nbsp;</span></p><p>That’s creating a gold-rush mentality among many shipping and energy companies eager to capitalize on new trade routes or tap new sources of oil and gas.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 23:36:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8924 at http://kplu.org Promise of the Arctic conference points to opportunities and risks 'Astonishing' Arctic Ice Melt Sets New Record http://kplu.org/post/astonishing-arctic-ice-melt-sets-new-record Arctic sea ice has melted dramatically this summer, smashing the previous record. The Arctic has warmed dramatically compared with the rest of the planet, and scientists say that's what's driving this loss of ice.<p>To be sure, ice on the Arctic Ocean always melts in the summer. Historically, about half of it is gone by mid-September. But this year, three-fourths of the ice has melted away, setting a dramatic new benchmark.<p>"It didn't just touch the record, it really drove right through it," says Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, at the University of Colorado. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:46:33 +0000 Richard Harris 6295 at http://kplu.org 'Astonishing' Arctic Ice Melt Sets New Record Shell can start drilling preparations in Alaska's Chukchi Sea http://kplu.org/post/shell-can-start-drilling-preparations-alaskas-chukchi-sea <p>Interior<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; "> Secretary Ken Salazar says Royal Dutch&nbsp;</span><font style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; " color="red">Shell&nbsp;</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; ">will be allowed to begin preparation work at exploratory drilling sites in the </span>Chukchi<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 5 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:21:49 +0000 The Associated Press & Bellamy Pailthorp 6156 at http://kplu.org Shell can start drilling preparations in Alaska's Chukchi Sea Greenpeace vs. Shell: Duelling vessels head for Arctic from Seattle http://kplu.org/post/greenpeace-vs-shell-duelling-vessels-head-arctic-seattle <p>Seattle&rsquo;s Elliott Bay is the epicenter of a global energy fight.</p><p>The Shell Oil Company has two rigs docked here, the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer. Also in Elliott Bay is the Greenpeace vessel, Esperanza.</p><p>As soon as the ice clears, Shell&rsquo;s rigs will head out for the Arctic. They&rsquo;ll be the first to conduct exploratory drilling there in more than two decades. Greenpeace plans to shadow them, using submarines.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & Lindsay Lowe 5234 at http://kplu.org Greenpeace vs. Shell: Duelling vessels head for Arctic from Seattle