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2009-09-01 12:30:00

UN chief Ban Ki-moon began a tour of Norway on Tuesday in order to gain increased international support for an ambitious climate agreement at Copenhagen in December. "I would like to draw the attention (of) the world, for urgent action to be taken at Copenhagen ... We do not have much time to lose," Ban said from a Norwegian coastguard vessel on Tuesday. The former South Korean foreign minister traveled to a research site at Ny-Aalesund in the Arctic's Svalbard archipelago before world...

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2009-07-17 08:05:00

A small NASA aircraft completed its first successful science flight Thursday as part of an expedition to study the receding Arctic sea ice and improve understanding of its life cycle and the long-term stability of the Arctic ice cover. The mission continues through July 24. NASA's Characterization of Arctic Sea Ice Experiment, known as CASIE, began a series of unmanned aircraft system flights in coordination with satellites. Working with the University of Colorado and its research partners,...

2009-07-16 18:05:00

WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A small NASA aircraft completed its first successful science flight Thursday as part of an expedition to study the receding Arctic sea ice and improve understanding of its life cycle and the long-term stability of the Arctic ice cover. The mission continues through July 24. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's Characterization of Arctic Sea Ice Experiment, known as CASIE, began a series of unmanned aircraft...

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2009-07-01 10:40:00

New research, which reconstructs the extent of ice in the sea between Greenland and Svalbard from the 13th century to the present indicates that there has never been so little sea ice as there is now. The research results from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, are published in the scientific journal, Climate Dynamics.There are of course neither satellite images nor instrumental records of the climate all the way back to the 13th century, but nature has its own 'archive' of the climate...

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2009-05-08 14:15:00

What was once a large source of coal in the Arctic mountains of Norway is now home to international climate scientists. Operated by Kings Bay, the Ny-Aalesund Arctic Research Infrastructure facility brings in scientists from around the globe to gauge the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. The facility was once a mining site for fossil fuels, but mining operations were ended after a firedamp explosion killed 21 men on the site in 1962. Now the settlement is inhabited by only a few dozen...

2009-03-21 15:00:23

Norwegian scientists say they've found Predator X, a Jurassic era pliosaur that likely terrorized the seas 147 million years ago. The 50-foot, 45-ton flippered dinosaur was found buried on an arctic island last summer and announced by its discoverers Monday, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported this week. The skull is twice the size of a Tyrannosaurus rex and its jaws were four times as powerful -- strong enough bite a car in half, the British newspaper said Tuesday. Scientists say it is...

2009-03-17 10:42:00

HISTORY(TM) UNVEILS THE DISCOVERY OF One of the Largest OCEAN PREDATORS Ever Found, PREDATOR X 2-hour Special to premiere on Sunday, March 29 @ 8pm ET/PT Once-in-a-Lifetime Find in the Arctic Reveals a New Species - A Giant Jurassic-Age Pliosaur Estimated at 50 Feet Long...and 150 Million Years Old NEW YORK, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- On the remote archipelago of Svalbard, just 800 miles from the North Pole, a team of paleontologists has made a remarkable discovery. Led by Jorn Hurum from...

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2009-03-17 08:55:00

According to scientists, a giant sea monster fossil found in the Arctic could pack a bite that would make T-Rex look pathetic. This Jurassic era marine reptile, dubbed "Predator X," would have been nearly 50 ft long and would have had a bite force of 33,000 lbs per square inch according to the Natural History Museum of Oslo University. "With a skull that's more than 10 feet long you'd expect the bite to be powerful but this is off the scale," said Joern Hurum, professor of vertebrate...

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2009-02-26 14:25:20

The "doomsday seed vault" in the Arctic Circle is celebrating its first anniversary with the arrival of nearly 90,000 food crop seed samples, BBC News reported. After the four-ton shipment, more than 20 million seeds are now secure in the frozen repository. The $7 million Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built over 12 months some 426 feet inside a mountain, with the ultimate goal of protecting the world's food crop species against natural and human disasters. The facility opened in February of...

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2009-01-06 18:25:00

If aliens from another planet sent a probe to Earth in search of life, their most promising target would be the tropics, where the greatest density and diversity of life are found. But on other nearby worlds, planets and moons within reach of present-day spacecraft, tropics are hard to come by. Most likely, if we find life elsewhere in our solar system, we'll find it in ice. That view is what motivated Jen Eigenbrode, a geobiologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md., to...


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