Akademik Shokalskiy rescue completed

The 52 passengers stranded on the ice-bound polar research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy have been successfully transferred by helicopter to the Aurora Australis. The Akademik Shokalskiy crew (22 people) will remain on board until the ship becomes free of the sea ice.

Passengers boarding transfer helicopter (BBC: Andrew Luck-Baker)

More information:

BBC News – Antarctic rescue of Akademik Shokalskiy […]


Arctic Fibre submarine cable network heads eastward to Hudson’s Bay – FierceTelecom

Arctic Fibre will begin physical landing site surveys to bring its 40G broadband submarine cable into eight sites in northern Canada starting in mid-August. And the company is seeking help and guidance from parties as diverse as town elders and local hunters to determine the best places to bring […]


New Nature Study Calls Melting Underwater Arctic Permafrost An “Economic Time Bomb” | DeSmogBlog

We calculate that the costs of a melting Arctic will be huge, because the region is pivotal to the functioning of Earth systems such as oceans and the climate. The release of methane from thawing permafrost beneath the East Siberian Sea, off northern Russia, alone comes with an average […]


BBC News – Prince Harry to race to South Pole

The UK’s Prince Harry will join a group of injured UK soldiers in a “race” to the South Pole. Participating in the trip will be several teams amongst others from Australia and the US.
This all part of Prince Harry’s charity “Walking with the Wounded”.

More information: Walking with the Wounded
Source: BBC […]


Disappointing Doha Climate Change meeting extends Kyoto

The Doha Climate Change conference has ended 24 hours later than intended, & sill without a deal that binds the US, China & India. On a positive note the Kyoto Protocol (which is due to expire later this Year) has however been extended till 2020, this however is of […]


Shackleton Epic enters final preparation phase

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the greatest survival stories in history and has inspired adventurers across every continent over three generations.
Now, in honour of Shackleton’s remarkable 800 nautical mile voyage across the Southern Ocean, from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and his crossing of its mountainous interior, the Shackleton […]


Tree Planting Day in Brussels

The PCO took part in a tree planting event on Sunday at which over 1150 trees were planted. The event organised by Greenlight has planted over 7000 trees in the past few years and the event continues to grow each hear with this year about 70 odd people helping […]


Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing

For the first time a Gas tanker (Norwegian ship Ob River) will attempt to cross the Arctic during the winter season, a period when previously this was unthinkable in the past as the ocean was frozen over.

The trip via the Arctic will save 20 days travel time on the […]


Arctic Combat – online game simulates war over Arctic resources

Webizen’s new online FPS (First Person Shooter) game, called Arctic Combat, is based on war over Arctic resources. According to the game’s prospectus:

“The conflict between the US and Russia rises more and more as past disputes are once again reminded. Battles have started in the Arctic region and is […]


Europe rejects ban on Arctic oil drilling

The European parliament’s industry committee has rejected attempts to introduce a moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, overruling a contrary vote by its environment committee last month.

The key vote in the industry committee yesterday (9 October) instead proposed a new directive to ensure that companies […]


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