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WWF celebrates 20 years of Arctic program
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 10:18
The latest issue.The latest issue.The WWF's Global Arctic Programme celebrates this year its 20th anniversary of the creation of a WWF body to champion conservation in the Arctic.

When WWF was founded in 1992 it says that there was very limited understanding of the Arctic and its importance. That has however changed, and interest today is great from all over the world.

The WWF issues a magazine produced by the WWF Global Arctic Programme called The Circle, four times a year. Each issue focuses on a specific Arctic-related topic.

The Circle is distributed free to around 3,000 arctic stakeholders worldwide, including government officials and publicly-elected representatives, indigenous organisations, conservationists, scientists, NGOs, libraries, and business executives.

Its goal is to inform decision-makers, scientists and the interested public about arctic environmental and development issues.

The latest issue is fresh and it celebrates the history of the Global Arctic Programme, and its ongoing mission to ensure a resilient, sustainable future for the Arctic.

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Video shows enourmous glacier melt
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 13:12
A melting glacier (Photo: GettyImages)A melting glacier (Photo: GettyImages)A new time lapse vide footage shows the Columbia glacier in alaska diminishing fast in only four years.

James Balog is responsible for the footage, to be shown in a new documentary on climate change later this month.

Balog is the founder of Extreme Ice Survey, a photographic study of glaciers, most around the Arctic. The EIS team has 27 time lapse cameras in 15 places in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, USA.

"Shrinking glaciers are the canary in the global coal mine. They are the most visible, tangible manifestations of climate change on the planet today," he told the Idaho Press.

Click here to see the video.

Three polar bears in Kulusuk
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:21
The polar bears after they were shot (Photo: Sermitsiaq)Three polar bears were shot in Kulusuk, Greenland, yesterday. They drifted with sea ice to the town and were in search for food.

A young girl approached the bears but the 13 year old thought they were dogs. Luckily she was not harmed, as the bears were shot shortly after. The mother and here two cubs were close to the airport in Kulusuk when they were first seen.

The people tried to scare them away and thought they had succeeded. But the bears kept coming back and when the girl saw them yesterday afternoon they were shot.

Although it was not the ideal end to the story, it was a necessity in this instance. The local elderly peoples home were given the meat but the fur was given to the government of Greenland.

High hopes for Dreki oil
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Monday, 16 January 2012 13:40
drekiMap Map of the Dreki area.There are high hopes for oil in the Dreki Area, south of Jan Mayen and North of Iceland.

Norway and Iceland are joint owners of the area and could potentially benefit both countries.

New samples are impressive and could increase interest in the area. Although the samples are positive, they are confidential, and will only be given to those who will search in the area.

Specialist from Norway met their colleagues from Iceland last week. These samples were on the agenda, and next explorations which will be conducted soon.

Þórarinn Sveinn Arnarsson, project manager for the Icelandic Energy Administration, told RÚV that further exploration is mostly on the Norwegian side.

"A new exploration will most likely go to the area next summer, but that will also depend on what else we find from the last survey, samples are still being researched," he said.

A report from the company that conducted the research will be ready next month.

Bidding for the search will then open in April.

Barents-region ice free
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Friday, 13 January 2012 09:44
The satellite image shows the difference from the median ice edge and the ice today (Photo: NSIDC)Very little sea ice is in the Barents region for this time of year. This indicates that this trend will continue and sailing will become easier by every year.

Satellite images show that the waters north of Spitsbergen and north of Novaya Zemlya is not covered with ice, which is unusual for this time of year.

A NSIDC map from 9th of January clearly shows how little ice is in the area. The Kara gate and the Pechora Sea in the eastern Barents Sea are both usually ice-covered this time of the year, but not now.

The entire west coast of Novaya Zemlya is also ice-free.

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