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Russia launches satellite to monitor climate in Arctic

Russia launched its space satellite Arktika-M on Sunday on a mission to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic amid a push by the Kremlin to expand the country's activities in the region.
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In Russian Arctic, miner Nornickel exhibits green goal

The closure of the Nikel smelter is part of a global strategy aimed at transforming Norilsk Nickel, also known as Nornickel, into an environmentally friendly company -- or at the very least, limiting its environmental impact.

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Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive - study

Polar bears and narwhals are using up to four times as much energy to survive because of major ice loss in the Arctic, according to scientists.

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The latest consequence of climate change: The Arctic is now open for business year-round

The Arctic is now open for business year-round after a large commercial ship sailed the Northern Sea Route from Jiangsu, China, to a Russian gas plant on the Arctic coast, for the first time ever during the month of February, when winter temperatures normally make the icy waterway impassable.

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Polar bears live on the edge of the climate change crisis

On Hudson Bay's frigid shores, scientists track polar bears to better understand how the environment is shaping their chances of survival

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Richard Parker: Texas could have kept the lights on

Republicans are blaming renewable energy, when it’s the state’s powerful utilities that failed to prepare for the worst.
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Submarine permafrost has been overlooked as a major source of greenhouse gases, scientists warn

The amount of carbon locked into submarine permafrost is more than humans have released into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution.

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They’re Arctic survivors. How will they adapt to climate change?

Crisscrossing the tundra, digging dens, chasing prey: a rare look at the elusive wolverine in a rapidly changing region.
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US and Russia update plan to address marine pollution in Bering, Chukchi seas

One of the major new features of the latest Joint Contingency Plan is the addition of what’s called an international coordination officer.
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Scientists in the Arctic's 'ice factory' found a worrying sign of climate change

For 40 days last fall, an expedition collected samples that confirm the thaw of the Arctic’s mysterious subsea permafrost.
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Human rubbish is smothering the planet’s oceans

In a throwaway world garbage may be unseen, but not gone. Human rubbish is everywhere, from ocean abyss to coastal mud.

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Clothes washing linked to ‘pervasive’ plastic pollution in the Arctic

Polyester fibres that injure marine life were found in sea water across region.

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Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Earth's rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday.

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As the Arctic melts, scientists say a regime shift is taking place

The Arctic is changing faster than any environment on Earth. The old, established order is being swept away, leaving scientists to ask: What's coming in its place?
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Trump administration’s sale of Arctic refuge drilling rights labeled an ‘epic failure’

The Trump administration sold off drilling rights to oil and gas companies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time ever on Wednesday, a move that had led to multiple legal battles from environmental and indigenous groups, along with significant public outcry.

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