Editorial: A new sea
A renewed call to protect arctic seas.
Real progress was made at the Montreal climate talks in December as governments finalised the ground rules for the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol.
CryoSat Mission lost
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) CryoSat Mission, which was designed to gather and analyse data on sea ice thickness in the Arctic, ended in failure in October due to an anomaly in the launch sequence.
Prince Albert II of Monaco to visit North Pole
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will embark on an expedition to the North Pole in April 2006.
Caribou numbers decline
A population survey by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) has revealed ann 80 percent decline in the Bluenose West caribou herd.
Legislation to protect polar bears in Alaska and Chukotka in north-east Russia is being crafted by Republican Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, chairman of the US Senate Commerce Committee.
Killer whales most toxic
Initial scientific results show Norwegian killer whales are the most toxic mammals in the Arctic.
Clean coast boost
The likelihood of protecting the vulnerable Norwegian Barents Sea coast from the worst ravages of an oil spill were increased in November when WWF trained the first group of oil spill clean-up volunteers in northern Norway.
Imperial Oil executives recently announced that the company and its partners in the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline are ready to move to public hearings, content that sufficient progress has been made in negotiations with northern aboriginal groups over financial rewards, rights to jobs and business opportunities.