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Furthering the Argument for New Icebreaking Capacity

It was brought to my attention this morning that three Coast Guardsmen will be recognized today for their “quick-thinking and ingenuity that helped save the mission of the nation’s only heavy icebreaker during a recent deployment to Antarctica”. These were no small feats that were accomplished: at sea, in 6-8 …

Russia’s Sideways Icebreaker

  Given the current state of Arctic issues, and the fact that the U.S. is set to take over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council later this month, it is a sad day in the news when I read that Russia has just ice tested an icebreaker that can break …

Global warming in real time

  August 2014 is the warmest August on record for the globe since records began in 1880 according to the newly released National Climate Data Center August Global Analysis. What is more important – it’s not just a one-off spike. The anomalies are increasing with a positive temperature trend. The …

Oil spill loopholes?

As discussions of Arctic drilling continue to swirl a new hiccup emerges. Officials in Canada are reviewing the requirements that Arctic drilling operations have the capacity to drill same season relief wells in the event of a blow-out. This requirement is being reviewed for companies looking to drill in the …

GAO report criticizes Arctic strategy

The United States is poised to take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, but a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that agencies may not be ready to do it. In essence, while the US Government has plenty of cooks in the kitchen managing various Arctic …

March 2014 – 4th warmest on record

March 2014 was the fourth warmest ever recorded in 135 years of global temperature monitoring. On average, the globe was 1.3 F warmer than normal. Siberia was a whopping 9 degrees F warmer and Denmark and Norway were up by 7 degrees F. No so here, you say? You’d be …