Tagged: Arctic

The Coast Guard is studying a new shipping route through the Bering Strait, which separates the U.S. from Russia links the Arctic and Pacific oceans, as marine traffic in the Far North increases. In 2014, the Coast Guard counted 340 transits through the Bering Strait made by about 120 large vessels. (Credit: NASA)

Coast Guard Studies Shipping Lanes For Bering Sea Routes

More Arctic sea ice melting each summer from global warming is making it easier for ships to plot routes through the environmentally sensitive Bering Strait, and is prompting concerns among U.S. Coast Guard officials about the potential dangers of a vessel crashing and leaking oil.

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Obama Administration Cancels Two Oil Lease Sales

Citing Shell’s decision to indefinitely cancel plans to explore for oil in the Chukchi Sea after drilling an initial, unsuccessful test well, the Interior Department late Friday announced it was canceling two Arctic ocean oil lease sales scheduled for 2016 and 2017.

President Barack Obama makes comments at a roundtable discussion with Alaska Native leaders and other government officials at the GLACIER conference on Monday, August 31, 2015. At right is Melanie Bahnke, President and CEO of Kawerak. (Credit: Marc Lester/ADN)

What Obama’s Arctic Visit Might Mean For Paris

All eyes were on the U.S. state of Alaska last week, where a major Arctic conference was underway. The international event was called Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, or GLACIER for short.