How Will Search & Rescue Work if a Plane Goes Down in the Arctic?

It has been nearly a month since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar, and its ultimate whereabouts remain unclear. The complex international effort of searching for the plane in a remote stretch of the South Indian Ocean raises the question of what would happen if a plane were to go down in the Arctic: who would coordinate the necessary search and rescue teams, and where should they be based? Geographer Mia Bennett tried to answer this question on her blog, Cryopolitics. Read More >>

A Floating Arctic City Fuelled by Consuming Icebergs

With glaciers firing off more icebergs into the Atlantic than ever before, it shouldn't be surprising that people are envisioning futures that make the most of the dystopian realities a climate-changed world could bring. Cities that float around the arctic while eating icebergs are another one of those futures. Read More >>

Arctic Explorers Find 54-Year-Old Message in a Bottle

The romance of a message in a bottle is an enduring one, the feeling of casting your thoughts and hopes out into the unknown in a vessel as fragile as the dreams themselves. It's a near miracle then that a message left more than 50 years ago in one of the world's most inhospitable regions has survived, let alone been found. Read More >>

Canada's Getting Ready to Claim the North Pole as its Own

Have you spent the past decade believing that Canada is nothing more than the US's friendly, innocuous neighbour to the north? Good—that's what they wanted you to think. In reality, Canada has given the past 10 years of its life and $200 million (£122 million) in taxpayer money to file the ultimate claim: over 1 million square miles of Arctic seafloor that, yes, includes the North Pole. Read More >>

Watch an Insanely Relaxing Flight Across the Arctic Ice Plains by NASA

What you see here is some of the best footage shot from the front and back mounted cameras on one of the P-3B aircraft that runs NASA's IceBridge missions. These vistas are from the spring mission over Greenland and the Arctic, but NASA's going back for more this fall. Read More >>

This Sleeping Bag Is Every Sub-Zero Camper's Dream/Nightmare

Whether you prefer to spend your summers in the Arctic or simply miss the suffocating warmth of a mother's womb, Nemo's newly launched Canon -40 sleeping bag may just cure what ails you (unless it's the latter in which case please seek professional assistance). Read More >>

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Did You Know that These Strange Fields of Ice Flowers Exist At Sea?

This beautiful alien landscape is right here on Earth: a never-ending sea of ice flowers quietly floating over a thinly frozen sea. These strange ice structures are very rich in salt and bacteria—and very hard to pick, according to oceanography doctoral candidate Jeff Bowman. Read More >>

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The First Complete View of Earth from the North Pole

This is a very special version of the Blue Marble: Earth captured on its entirety from an altitude of 512 miles (824 kilometers) over the North Pole. Humanity has never had an image so detailed of our home planet from this unique perspective. Read More >>

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Endless Vastness of Golden Ponds Looks Like the Sunset In a Different Planet

Out there, in the vastness of space, there's a billion worlds that look like this at sunset. Ice and water, but full of life under the ocean. However, this alien scene of endless ponds is right here on Earth: Read More >>

Rare Arctic Panda Seal Visits Seattle Woman's Dock

OK it's not really called a panda seal. But it should be! It's actually a ribbon seal, and it seems to have taken a wrong turn and paused for a nap on the dock of a Seattle-woman's riverside home. Read More >>

Melting Ice Is Crushing and Drowning Baby Seals

Harp seals use sea ice as their chilly love nests, and after the lovin' leads to babies, parents nurse for just 12 days before the pups are on their own. But their ice dens have been melting beneath the baby seals, and when that happens, their chances of survival are slim. Read More >>

Facebook Goes Arctic For Chilling Effect

When you think of Facebook you don't exactly think 'environmentally friendly'. All those data centres burning through electricity, powering your virtual social lives. Facebook's first push out of the US might be a tad kinder to the environment, using Arctic cooling. Read More >>

Shrinking Canadian Lakes Baffle Scientists

The ice caps are melting, that's a fact. Less ice means more water. So why is Canada losing its Arctic lakes? Read More >>


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