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Most precise map ever of Antarctic ice velocity unveiled

Glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have constructed a new map of Antarctic ice velocity, utilizing a quarter century’s worth of satellite data. The map is 10 times more accurate than previous renditions, covering more than 80% of the continent.

Alaska’s cruise ship monitoring program to be restructured

The Alaskan state legislature is to restructure the Ocean Rangers program, monitoring cruise ship traffic in the vulnerable waters of Alaska, in opposition with a recently-imposed veto by Alaskan Governor Mike Dunleavy, announced a month ago.  

Roald Amundsen the first ship ever to be christened in Antarctica

Hurtigruten will be christening the world’s first hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship this fall in Antarctica. MS Roald Amundsen will become the first ship ever to be christened in Antarctica. MS Roald Amundsen features green technology. The hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship is using battery packs to support its low-emission engines and will reduce CO2 emissions.

Vladimir Rusanov ships LNG to China via Northern Sea Route

Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced that the Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker ‘Vladimir Rusanov’ completed the Northern Sea Route (NSR) passage via the Eastern direction, delivering a LNG cargo from the Yamal LNG project, at the port of Sabetta, to China’s port of Tianjin.

NORAD: Increased Arctic activity threats national security

Increased activity in the Arctic is a concern for national security and for US Northern Command, the officer in charge of North American security told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington about the role both agencies play in homeland defense.

Novatek closes Arctic LNG 2 transaction

Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced the closing of the sale of participation interests in Arctic LNG 2 Project to subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation, subsidiary of CNOOC, and the consortium of Mitsui & Co and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Japan Arctic LNG).

The importance of Antarctica for the planet

Antarctica is the highest, coldest, and windiest place on Earth. This frozen continent may seem irrelevant to our daily lives at first site, but it is vital to our survival, as it plays a huge role in how the entire planet and the climate function. Antarctica accommodates 90% of the global ice and helps keep the planet cool and liveable.

First Yamal LNG cargo marks summer season for NSR

The first voyage of the 2019 summer season across the Northern Sea Route began with a liquefied natural gas tanker transmitting cargo from the Yamal LNG through Arctic waters north of Russia towards Asia, Reuters reports. 

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