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From CruiseIndustryNews:

12/17/10 - Hurtigruten Celebrates Historic Voyage of Fridtjof Nansen
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In 1896, a year before Hurtigruten began ship service along Norway’s west coast, Fridtjof Nansen’s polar exploration ship, Fram, began her “triumphal journey”￾ home to Norway after a three-year stint in the Arctic’s polar ice, a point further north than any human had ever been. In celebration of this historic achievement, Hurtigruten’s modern deluxe expedition ship, also named MS Fram (honoring the original), will sail a near identical route-
More at http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/4891-121710-hurtigruten-celebrates-historic-voyage-of-fridtjof-nansen.html
 
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From The MercuryNews.com:

UCSC research illuminates conditions during last warm period‎
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After nine weeks in the Bering Sea on a state-of-the-art research vessel, UC Santa Cruz professor of ocean sciences Christina Ravelo and a team of scientists came back with sediment samples from below the sea floor that will help illuminate the Pliocene epoch, the last major warm period in Earth's history.
More at http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_16981245
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Rosneft and BP Form Global and Arctic Strategic Alliance
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BP and Rosneft announced yesterday that they have agreed a groundbreaking strategic global alliance. Rosneft and BP have agreed to explore and develop three license blocks - EPNZ 1,2,3 — on the Russian Arctic continental shelf.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3319:rosneft-and-bp-form-global-and-arctic-strategic-alliance-&catid= 30:eek:il-companies-news&Itemid=225
 
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From The U.S. Coast Gaurd:

Imagery Available: Cargo vessels seek shelter from storm in the Bering Sea
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Western Alaska has granted storm avoidance requests for five foreign cargo vessels experiencing 27-31 foot waves, winds of more than 55 mph with reported gusts up to 100 mph, while transiting along the great circle route north of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Tuesday.
More at http://www.d17.uscgnews.com/go/doc/780/990767/
 
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From Global Research:

NATO's Arctic Military Alliance
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On January 19 and 20 British Prime Minister David Cameron hosted his counterparts from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the first Nordic Baltic Summit to consolidate an "alliance of common interests."

Cameron's initiative followed by two months a two-day meeting of Nordic-Baltic defense ministers in Norway with the defense chiefs of the same nine nations that participated in the London gathering along with defense representatives from Germany and Poland.

A Russian commentary on the day of the opening of the Nordic Baltic Summit in the United Kingdom stated:
More at http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22919
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

New shipping rules urged to avert "Arctic Titanic"
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The Arctic Ocean needs tough new shipping rules as a rapid thaw opens the remote, icy region and brings risks of disasters on the scale of the Titanic, politicians and experts said on Monday.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4772:new-shipping-rules-urged-to-avert-qarctic-titanicq&catid=3:inter national-shipping-news&Itemid=63
 
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From The Daily Mail:

Chilly future for Britain with regular freezing winters if the Arctic continues to warm up, scientists warn
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The cold and snowy winter that paralysed Britain last month could become a regular feature if the Arctic continues to warm up, scientists say.
Researchers believe the melting of glaciers is dumping vast amounts of fresh water into the sea - and potentially altering the ocean circulation that gives the British Isles their mild weather.

If climate change weakens the Gulf Stream, the UK faces a chilly future even as the rest of the world gets hotter.
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1350620/UK-weather-Regular-big-freeze-winters-Arctic-continues-warm-up.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Comment: It's not as counter to logic as one might assume. Read on to see why.​
 
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From The Maritime Professional Blog:

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum for 2010
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On September 19, Arctic sea ice reached its 2010 minimum, at 4.60 million square kilometers (1.78 million square miles). The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reported that 2010 Arctic sea ice extent was the third-lowest on the satellite record. (The record low, set in 2007, was 4.13 million square kilometers, or 1.59 million square miles.) The 2010 minimum was part of a larger pattern of overall Arctic sea ice decline dating back to at least the early 1970s.
More at http://maritimeprofessional.com/Blogs/MarineNews-Notes-(1)/February-2011/Arctic-Sea-Ice-Minimum-for-2010.aspx​
 
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From Yahoo News:

U.S. icebreakers can't handle Alaska oil spills: official
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Coast Guard does not have enough working icebreakers to respond to a major oil spill in Alaskan waters, the top official who oversaw the containment of the BP oil spill warned Congress on Friday.
More at http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110211/us_nm/us_arctic_oil_vessels

Comment: They better get some working icebreakers because for better and for worse, the Arctic is where the action is going to be.​