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2010-07-27 07:59:00

ZURICH, July 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of adventurers with the motto of "Follow Your Convictions" has set out to cross the Bering Strait by kiteboard, setting three world records in the process: 1. The first crossing of the Bering Strait by kiteboard. 2. The first crossing from America to Asia by kiteboard. 3. The first crossing of the International Date Line by kiteboard. "If these extreme athletes are successful in their expedition, they will go down in history...

2010-02-04 09:06:00

Group seeks environmental justice for the Indigenous Peoples of Alaska WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health will examine public exposures to toxic chemicals. Alaska Native leaders call on Congress to include circumpolar atmospheric pollution in their hearing. "Indigenous Arctic communities are suffering the most from chemicals emitted in the lower 48 states," said Vi...

2009-11-02 13:17:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Diomede Corporation, a privately funded cloud storage service provider, announced its newest version of Diomede Storage (www.diomedestorage.com). The horizontal solution is feature-rich, triple-redundant, energy-efficient and saves users about 80 percent of the usual cost associated with storing large amounts of data offline. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091102/LA03412LOGO) Diomede Storage is five times less expensive than its...

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2009-07-18 07:40:00

Hunters from Wainwright say that there is something big and strange floating through the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow in the Arctic.  The hunters first spotted the thing sometime early last week.  According to Gordon Brower with the North Slope Borough's Planning and Community Services Department, whatever it is, it is thick, dark and "gooey" and is drifting for miles in the cold Arctic waters. Brower and other borough officials joined with the U.S. Coast Guard and...

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2009-04-21 09:35:00

Royal Dutch Shell's Alaska manager said the company still intends to develop a major new source of production in the Arctic waters off the Alaskan coast despite last week's decision from an appeals court in Washington, D.C. that ruled such activity to be illegal. "We still have every intention of pursuing a drilling program in the Beaufort and the Chukchi," Pete Slaiby, general manager of Shell in Alaska, told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. The court ruling on Friday overturned the...

2008-08-05 12:00:40

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2008) - Millrock Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MRO) ("Millrock", or the "Company"), along with its partner Alix Resources Corp. ("Alix") is pleased to announce that drilling has been initiated at the Divide Project, north of Nome, Alaska. Additionally, the companies report that they have executed a definitive option and joint venture agreement following on from a Letter of Intent announced August 16, 2007. The Divide Property is located in...

2008-07-12 03:00:16

By Anonymous When a town is in danger of disappearing, what course of action can it take? The town of Kivalina, Alaska, has decided to get reparations, by suing two dozen oil, power, and coal companies that it claims have brought about climatic changes that are threatening its existence. Located about 625 miles northwest of Anchorage on a long, narrow barrier island sandwiched between the Chukchi Sea and the Kivalina River, the town of about 390 people has been watching its land slip into...

2008-07-10 09:00:41

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the Bush administration's decision to let oil companies unintentionally harass or harm polar bears and walruses off the northwestern Alaska coast. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage claims that federal officials violated laws designed to protect the animals and their sensitive habitat in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. "These regulations set the parameters for how oil...

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2008-02-12 12:55:00

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The human journey from Asia to the New World was interrupted by a 20,000-year layover in Beringia, a once-habitable region that today lies submerged under the icy waters of the Bering Strait. Furthermore, the New World was colonized by approximately 1,000 to 5,000 people "” a substantially higher number than the 100 or fewer individuals of previous estimates. The developments, to be reported by University of Florida Genetics Institute scientists in the...

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2008-02-08 00:20:00

Pacific Walruses may soon see themselves on the Endangered Species List. On Thursday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed to get the walrus listed under the Endangered Species Act because of the potential damage to the species caused by the effects of global warming on their habitat. The sea ice these animals use in the summer as a place to rest and eat is melting at an alarming rate. The creatures are also threatened by development of gas and oil near their home. The Fish and...


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2007-01-23 14:12:57

Walruses are large semi-aquatic mammals that live in the cold Arctic seas of the Northern Hemisphere. There are 6 populations in the arctic and 2 or 3 subspecies exist. The Pacific walrus is slightly larger, with males weighing up to 4,180 lb (1,900 kg), but Atlantic males top out at 3,500 lb (1,600 kg). The walrus should not be confused with the elephant seal. Walruses are members of the order Carnivora and suborder (or alternatively super family) Pinnipedia. They are the only members in...

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