Arctic Bulletin 01.06
Climate link to hungry bears
Polar bears in Bering Sea displaying unusually agressive behaviour in what many say is another sign that the bears’ natural feeding patterns have been disrupted by global warming.
US may declare polar bear “threatened”
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it is opening the formal process to list polar bears as officially “threatened” because of global warming.
Greenland’s glaciers accelerating
The amount of ice that Greenland’s glaciers dump into the Atlantic Ocean has almost doubled in the last five years because glaciers are moving faster, according to a new study.
More carbon in arctic soil
Scientists studying the effects of carbon on climate warming are significantly underestimating how much carbon is stored in arctic permafrost, new University of Washington research shows.
Preparing for IPY
The Canadian Government recently pledged $150 million towards International Polar Year (IPY) research. But all countries are creating a specific pool of research money for IPY.
Norway coast boost
Norway’s biologically rich but vulnerable northern coastline received a boost recently when the Norwegian Government announced that it was seeking permission to keep shipping at least 30 nautical miles offshore.
Sensitive parts of the Bering Sea Ecoregion are the target of a new plan for offshore oil and gas development.
New protected areas
WWF, together with other NGOs and scientific organisations, wants three new protected areas created on the northern coast of the Kola Peninsula in north-west Russia, part of the Barents Sea Ecoregion.
Massive oil spill on Alaska’s North Slope
An oil spill on Alaska’s North Slope has be en described by Alaska’s State Department of Environmental Conservation as “the largest spill of crude oil on the North Slope” so far.
Beluga habitat under pressure
The Canadian Government is opening up part of a protected beluga whale habitat in the Mackenzie Delta and Beaufort Sea to oil and gas companies.
The Greenland Home Rule has decided to increase the annual narwhal hunting quota from 260 animals to 310 on the west coast of Greenland.
Mystery of narwhal tusk solved
A researcher from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine has discovered that the narwhal’s tusk is actually a tooth.
Increased toxics in arctic bird eggs
A 20-year study has shown that eggs from arctic seabirds contain increasing quantities of brominated flame retardants.
WWF-Russia conservationist recognised
Viktor Nikiforov, regional programme director of WWF-Russia, is a winner of the 2005 WWF International Staff Awards for Outstanding Service.
A challenge for Murkowski
Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski recently stated that humans are largely to blame for climate change, but she is yet to endorse any policy that would cap the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the US.
Feeling the heat in Chukotka
Melissa Mooza reports on the effects that global warming is having on the people of the Chukotkan Peninsula in eastern Russia.
Coastlines in the Arctic have been changing rapidly in recent years due to climate change and affecting coastal communities and ecosystems.