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Finns Want to Carve Trump’s Face on a Glacier

(Image: Project Trumpmore)

President Donald Trump reportedly told South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem it is dream to be added to Mount Rushmore.There might not be space for the 45th American president’s likeness alongside some of his most immortal predecessors on Mount Rushmore, but a group of Finnish environmentalists say

Study Calls to Reduce Ship Speed for Arctic

Sea ice along the east coast of Banks Island in the western Canadian Arctic. Photo credit: UVic researcher William Halliday, a co-author of the new study led by UVic marine biologist Lauren McWhinnie.

 In the Arctic, marine mammals such as belugas and bowhead whales rely on a quiet environment to communicate and forage.   But as Arctic sea ice shrinks and shipping traffic increases, vessel disturbance could very likely impact their social behaviours, distribution and long-term survival, warns a

Icebergs Could Float to the Rescue of Cape Town Water Crisis

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Marine salvage experts are floating a plan to tug icebergs from Antarctica to South Africa's drought-hit Cape Town to help solve the region's worst water shortage in a century.Salvage master Nick Sloane told Reuters he was looking for government and private investors for a scheme to guide huge chunks of ice across the ocean,

USCG's Polar Icebreaker Program Prepares for EIS

File Image: The U.S. Coast Guard's Polar Star icebreaker. (Credit: USCG)

Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); notice of public meeting; and request for comments posted in Federal Register.The U.S. Coast Guard said it is working to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Trump Administration Mulls Opening Alaska Refuge to Drilling

(File photo: USFWS)

The Trump administration this week will begin the environmental review process for oil and gas drilling on a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a region in northern Alaska rich in crude but prized by conservationists.In a notice from the U.S. Department of the Interior seen by Reuters, which the agency will post on Friday,

Eni has no plans to pull out of Rosneft deal after sanctions

Claudio Descalzi (Photo: Eni)

Italian oil major Eni has no plans to pull out of its joint venture with Russia's Rosneft despite escalating sanctions against Russia, the head of Eni said on Wednesday."We certainly have not pulled out, we're working with them," CEO Claudio Descalzi said on the sidelines of a conference.Eni, one of Europe's biggest importers of Russian gas,

ConocoPhillips' Alaskan Venture a Success

The polar adventure-valdez alaska Photo courtesy ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips announced it has concluded its 2018 winter exploration and appraisal program in Alaska. The company’s original plan was to drill five wells on the Western North Slope comprising two appraisal wells of the Willow Discovery announced in January 2017, plus three exploration wells. Due to improved drilling efficiencies,

Clean Arctic Hails IMO Action on HFO

Photo: HFO-Free Arctic

 The Clean Arctic Alliance has applauded progress by International Maritime Organization member states towards banning use of the world’s dirtiest fuel – heavy fuel oil – from Arctic shipping.   It also called for Member States to make every effort to adopt and rapidly implement a ban by 2021, as

Statoil Awards $1.5 Bln Drilling Contracts

View from the Gullfaks C platform in the North Sea. (Photo Harald Pettersen)

 Statoil has awarded drilling contracts to Archer, KCA Deutag and Odfjell Drilling for drilling, completion, intervention services, plugging, maintenance and modifications on 18 of Statoil’s fixed platforms. The contracts take effect from October 1, 2018, initially for a period of four years. The total

Arctic: ExxonMobil Exits, Rosneft Goes Ahead

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 Russian state oil company Rosneft will continue geological explorations in the Arctic offshore zone after ExxonMobil quits the joint projects, reports TASS.   The report qouted Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy saying that the Arctic licenses will remain with Rosneft and the company "plans to continue to operate there".

New Icebreaking LNG Carrier Enters Service

Icebreaking LNG carrier Vladimir Rusanov during ice trials in the Arctic Ocean (Photo: MOL)

A new icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier jointly owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping) loaded its first cargo at the Yamal LNG plant in northern Russia. The 299m, 172,000m3 Vladimir Rusanov conducted it is first loading

Near Record Low Arctic Ocean Ice a Boost for Shipping

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Winter sea ice on the Arctic Ocean covered the second smallest area on record this year, part of a thaw that is opening the region to shipping and oil exploration and may be disrupting weather far to the south, scientists said on Friday.   The extent of floating ice likely reached an annual maximum of 14.

China Building Its First Polar Expedition Cruise Ship

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China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global warming to extend President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative to the Arctic. Construction of the 104.4-meter vessel, equipped

Statoil Takes Over as Martin Linge Operator

Martin Linge is an oil and gas field under development west of the Oseberg field in the North Sea. (Photo: Statoil)

Statoil and Total have completed their previously announced transaction whereby Statoil has acquired Total’s equity stakes in, and taken over the operatorships of, the Martin Linge field and the Garantiana discovery on the Norwegian continental shelf. Statoil now has a 70 percent interest in Martin Linge and 40 percent in Garantiana.

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