Arctic cruise operators commit to less plastic, more beach cleanups

This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is working with cruise operators on identifying how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.

Watch: Massive iceberg approaches Greenland village

A huge iceberg has come dangerously close to the village Innaarsuit in Greenland. As local media reported, a partial evacuation is taking place in case the iceberg splits. As of now, the iceberg has not moved. Despite fact that locals are used to icebergs, the say that they have never seen anything like this.

UK’s new polar ship launched

The RRS Sir David Attenborough, the new polar research ship for Britain, was launched into the River Mersey, on Saturday July 14. The ship is being built at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, near Liverpool. Once the ship becomes fully operational in late 2019, it  will be operated by British Antarctic Survey

Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant arrives in Arctic

The plant arrived in port of Murmansk Saturday, to start providing electricity to an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait. Rosatom says it could pioneer a new power source for remote regions, but environmentalists are concerned of the risk of nuclear accidents, with Greenpeace calling it ‘nuclear Titanic’.

Watch: Why Arctic will not be a major shipping region

In this video Kathrin Stephen of IASS, provides 8 reasons explaining why Arctic trading will be limited and 2 reasons why that’s good. Recently, there is a major interest in Arctic shipping, but it is not clear yet if it is sustainable. There are 8 reasons why Arctic trading will be limited in the future, such as unreliability and seasonality.

UK, US to study one of the largest glaciers in Antarctic

A joint researched program by UK and US research program was launched at Monday, 30 April, called Thwaites Glacier Collaboration. The program will focus on the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, which can significantly affect global sea levels. The glacier accounts for around 4% of global sea level rise.

Arctic sea ice in winter one of the lowest ever recorded

The four lowest seasonal maximums all happened during the last four years. The reduction of the Arctic sea ice cover has many effects, impacting climate and weather, the marine environment, and indigenous human communities. The reduced ice is also changing shipping routes, increasing coastal erosion and affecting ocean circulation.

The first ship that sailed through Arctic in winter

Recently, a milestone was set for Arctic shipping. Namely, the tanker “Eduard Toll” became the first ever ship to sail through the Northern Sea Route during winter, without the help of an icebreaker. Teekay’s “Eduard Toll” started from South Korea in December 2017, heading to the Sabetta LNG terminal in Russia.

Climate change puts Arctic in danger

Changes to the Arctic were caused by warming temperatures which allow further exploration for oil, gas, and minerals, thus increasing the risk of pollution in the region. Cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic is very difficult, because effective strategies for cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic are not discovered.

Arctic saw smallest ever winter sea ice coverage in 2017

Arctic warming persisted in 2017, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects, according to a new report sponsored by the US NOAA.

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