Arctic Biodiversity Assessment released at Arctic Council Ministerialcaff.is | 16 May 2013
The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council has released the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA), a report containing the best available science informed by traditional ecological knowledge on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.
Arctic Council unlikely to deal directly with climate changenunatsiaqonline.ca | 16 May 2013
The warming impact of soot and methane on the Arctic climate and the increasing acidification of the Arctic Ocean: these are among the key issues that the Arctic Councils various working groups will formally present May 15 to the Arctic Council ministerial gathering in Kiruna, Sweden.
Arctic expedition to study impact of climate change on planktonGuardian Unlimited | 14 May 2013
The goal of the 25,000km Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition, with some 15 scientist on board, is to search for planktonic organisms, including viruses, bacteria, protists and metazoans, all vital resources that need to be studied in their own environment while there is still time.
In Honor of Mother's Day (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 11 May 2013
On a recent trip to Maine, I had the opportunity to visit two exhibits at Bowdoin College's Ross-McMillan Arctic museum. One was called Spirits of Land, Air, and Water: Antler Carvings from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection, and the other was called Animal Allies: Inuit Views of the Northern World. At this time of year, it was particularly fitting to be reacquainted with Sedna, the mother of all marine creatures in Inuit mythology.
Arctic foxes' mystery decline linked to mercury exposureGuardian Unlimited | 08 May 2013
In the 1970s, a population of Arctic foxes on an island in the Bering Sea began to mysteriously decline. The animals were thin and mangy, and nearly all the cubs died. Today, only about 100 foxes remain.The animals were not felled by an infectious disease, a PLOS ONE study suggests. Instead, the foxes probably suffered from high mercury exposure as a result of eating seabirds and other marine animals.
Arctic faces further threat from ocean acidificationGuardian Unlimited | 07 May 2013
The Arctic ecosystem, already under pressure from record ice melts, faces another potential threat in the form of rapid acidification of the ocean, according to an international study published on Monday.
Arctic Ocean 'acidifying rapidly'BBC | 06 May 2013
Carbon dioxide is rapidly altering the chemistry of the Arctic, and the changes will last many thousands of years, a report says.
WWF withdraws MSC objectionWorld Fishing | 01 May 2013
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has withdrawn its objection to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the Russian Sea of Okhotsk Mid-water Trawl Walleye Pollock Fishery, as an agreement has been reached.
Earliest satellite ice maps producedBBC | 24 Apr 2013
The earliest satellite maps of Arctic and Antarctic sea-ice have been assembled by scientists, showing the floes around the White Continent back in the 1960s were probably as extensive as they are now.
New culprit in sea-level rise: Pretty Arctic cloudsgrist.org | 05 Apr 2013
Newly published research suggests that Greenlands ice melted super fast last summer, and the worlds ice could soon melt faster than anybody had anticipated — all because of pretty white clouds hanging low above frigid seas.
Barents Sea fishery enters assessmentWorld Fishing | 28 Mar 2013
Russian companies ZAO Strelets and ZAO Eridan have entered their joint cod and haddock fishery into assessment for MSC certification.
Canadian glaciers face 'big losses'BBC | 07 Mar 2013
Canadian Arctic Archipelago glaciers could lose up to 20% of their volume if warming projections hold true, according to a new study.
Polar bear vote defeated at meetingBBC | 07 Mar 2013
A proposal by the US to ban cross-border trade in polar bears and their parts was defeated on Thursday at an international meeting.